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The Real Reason the Investor Class Hates Pensions

No issue in America today better illustrates the divergent interests of working Americans and the 1 percent than pension reform. Substantial empirical evidence shows that America’s favored retirement vehicle — the 401(k), recently renounced by its own inventors — is grossly inadequate and will leave tens of millions of Americans with insufficient retirement assets. And [...]

The Real Reason the Investor Class Hates Pensions2018-03-08T11:01:23+00:00

Did new evaluations and weaker tenure make fewer people want to become teachers? A new study says yes

When the Obama administration and states across the country embraced tougher evaluation and tenure rules for teachers, critics offered a familiar refrain: weakening teachers’ job security could make the profession less attractive and ultimately backfire. Now a new study is among the first to suggest that this concern has become a reality, showing that after states put [...]

Did new evaluations and weaker tenure make fewer people want to become teachers? A new study says yes2018-01-31T11:49:58+00:00

A New Type of Labor Law for a New Type of Worker – NYTimes.com

Labor Day was born in the late 19th century, during a time of raw fear about the path of economic development. Opportunities for decent, middle-class livelihoods seemed to be shrinking, and the “laboring classes” confronted a grim future of what many called wage slavery. Conservatives held most of the seats of power, but reform-minded politicians, [...]

A New Type of Labor Law for a New Type of Worker – NYTimes.com2017-10-15T07:30:03+00:00

Why All Americans Need Strong Labor Unions

This Labor Day, tens of thousands of men and women are rising up in Chicago and cities from coast to coast to demand that everyone in America have the right to organize and join a union. I’m proud to stand with them, because their fight is central to the battle against poverty, racism, and inequality. [...]

Why All Americans Need Strong Labor Unions2017-10-15T07:30:03+00:00

Hope in Dark Times | American Federation of Teachers

Democracy is in crisis across the globe. For years, polling in the United States and Europe has suggested an alarming rise in the number of young people who believe democracy is a bad way to run a society.1 Democracy is in retreat in Russia, Hungary, India, Venezuela, and the Philippines. And in November, the unthinkable happened, [...]

Hope in Dark Times | American Federation of Teachers2017-10-15T07:29:03+00:00

Pay to Play Report: IDC Accepted Nearly $700,000 From Charter School Backers and PACs

PRESS RELEASE Pay to Play Report: IDC Accepted Nearly $700,000 From Charter School Backers and PACs Charters Rewarded in State Budget for Substantial Campaign Donations   ALBANY, NY (June 8, 2017) — The Alliance for Quality Education on Thursday released a report detailing the campaign donations that the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), the group of [...]

Pay to Play Report: IDC Accepted Nearly $700,000 From Charter School Backers and PACs2017-10-15T07:39:05+00:00

6 ways Medicaid cuts under GOP health care overhaul could impact schools | PBS NewsHour

For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms. Administrators say programming and services even beyond those that receive funding from the state-federal health care program could be at risk should Congress follow through with plans [...]

6 ways Medicaid cuts under GOP health care overhaul could impact schools | PBS NewsHour2017-10-15T11:00:16+00:00

GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION ALLOWING FULL UNION DUES TO BE DEDUCTED FROM NEW YORK STATE TAXES | NYSAFLCIO

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed new legislation allowing full union dues to be deducted from New York State taxes. The FY 2018 Enacted Budget creates a union dues deduction for New York taxpayers who itemize deductions at the state level equal to the amount currently disallowed at the federal level due to the 2 [...]

GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION ALLOWING FULL UNION DUES TO BE DEDUCTED FROM NEW YORK STATE TAXES | NYSAFLCIO2017-10-15T07:30:03+00:00

Support Christine Pellegrino for Assembly District 9

Christine Pellegrino for NY State Assembly Because our kids deserve their fair share We deserve the best schools for our kids and our fair share of money from Albany. Christine Pellegrino has led the fight for local control of our schools and against standardization in our schools that simply doesn’t work for our children. She’ll [...]

Support Christine Pellegrino for Assembly District 92017-10-15T07:39:05+00:00

Rev. Barber: America needs a new Poor People’s Campaign

In a spectacle of religious hypocrisy last week, preachers who say so much about what God says so little — and so little about what God says so much — stood in the Rose Garden as a backdrop for President Donald Trump’s executive order on “religious liberty.” As they celebrated this administration’s willingness to let them use religious freedom [...]

Rev. Barber: America needs a new Poor People’s Campaign2017-10-15T07:29:03+00:00