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Teaching the Truth About Climate Change Is Up to Us, Because Textbooks Lie

Column: Earth, Justice, and Our Classrooms

Teaching the Truth About Climate Change Is Up to Us, Because Textbooks Lie

Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice education resources

Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice education resources

Pushing Past Hate, Pushing Past Paladino

How One Community Organized for Racial Justice and to Remove a School Board Member

Pushing Past Hate, Pushing Past Paladino

Sorry Not Sorry

Reckoning with the Power and Limitations of an Apology to Native Hawaiians

Sorry Not Sorry

How My 4th-Grade Class Passed a Law on Teaching Mexican “Repatriation”

How My 4th-Grade Class Passed a Law on Teaching Mexican “Repatriation”

Seeing Ourselves with Our Own Eyes

Seeing Ourselves with Our Own Eyes

Howling at the Ocean

Surviving My First Year Teaching

Howling at the Ocean

A Hurricane in the Classroom

Inside the Schools Ensnared in Puerto Rico’s Privatization Fever — and How Its Teachers Are Fighting Back

A Hurricane in  the Classroom

Transforming Teacher Unions in a Post-Janus World

Bob Peterson analyzes the Janus decision's impact on teacher unions, talks with union leaders from across the country about how they are responding to it, and argues that the damage of the decision can be countered through the upsurge of progressive activism engendered by the victory of Donald Trump.

Transforming Teacher Unions in a Post-Janus World

The 2018 Wave of Teacher Strikes

A Turning Point for Our Schools?

The wave of struggles sweeping through the United States are more than “red state” revolts. They are rebellions against the austerity and privatization that has been driving federal and state economic policy for decades. The dynamics and political landscape are different in each state. However, almost all of the states where statewide actions have occurred are right-to-work states, which have seen the steepest cuts in school funding and sharpest erosion of teacher pay and benefits. These states are less likely to have collective bargaining rights and local district contracts. This puts more focus on state budgets and state decisions about healthcare and pensions, and encourages statewide action focused on the legislature. Consequently, many of the walkouts have been more akin to mass political protests seeking broad changes in public policy. But other common factors underlying these grassroots protests are likely to keep rebellion spreading to “purple” states like Colorado (where there was a walkout in April) and North Carolina (May) and beyond. Almost everywhere in “red states” and “blue states” alike, budget and tax policy has been used to erode social services, shrink public space, undermine union power, and transfer wealth upward, all the while making the lives of working people harder.

The 2018 Wave of Teacher Strikes

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