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Seattle Mayor Discriminates Against Charter School Students

 

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan recently announced that Seattle will give free ORCA transit cards to Seattle public high school students so they can ride city buses for free. She announced: …Seattle’s youth have been calling for greater transportation equity for a number of years, and I heard them. At my first State of the City […]

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Tech Is Coming for Your Kids Next

 

In a year that has put the untenable practices and politics of Silicon Valley’s tech barons under scalding sunlight, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has come in for a particularly nasty set of burns. Just to remind ourselves, let’s count them: First, President Trump is incensed at Bezos over his ownership of the Washington Post, one of […]

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The ‘Silent Sam’ Impasse Grows at UNC

 

Last month, protesters at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill took it upon themselves to pull down a controversial 1913 memorial to alumni killed in the Civil War. The university carted the bronze soldier away on a flatbed truck in the rainy night to a still secret location. The statue, called “Silent Sam,” […]

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Harvard Case Could End Affirmative Discrimination

 

If there was ever any question why Harvard University officials adamantly opposed the Trump administration’s rescinding of Obama-era guidelines for race-based admissions decisions, the answer is now clear. Students for Fair Admission v. Harvard — set to go to trial October 15 in federal district court in Boston — could expose how affirmative action has morphed into […]

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The Janus Decision May Restore Respect for Teaching as a Profession

 

Teaching is a noble profession. It enlightens minds, promotes wisdom and insight, and opens the doors of opportunity to a brighter future. Good teachers deserve our respect and admiration for the hard work they do in educating children. Over the last 30 years, though, respect for the teaching profession in public schools has declined due […]

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Will Teacher Unions Imitate Southern Segregationists?

 

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, teachers union officials were not shy in exercising their freedom of speech to express their outrage. However, this is especially ironic because these public-sector unions (and many more) have denied independent-minded teachers their freedom of speech for more than forty years. Justice […]

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Illinois Teachers Unions Fight Smart Lawmaking

 

Illinois lawmakers smartly capped end-of-career salary bumps for state employees in an effort to combat ballooning, budget-busting pension increases, but teachers unions are fighting against the policy. In 2005, legislators limited annual salary increases to 6 percent, and reduced that number to 3 percent this year. Teachers unions in Illinois have circulated petitions that have […]

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Harry Potter and the Reason to Read Another Book

 

The Harry Potter series is the defining work of literature for many Millennials. It has no doubt had an impact, and despite being a children’s series, it is something that many people have carried a love of into adulthood. But, there is a difference between loving a children’s series and using it as the basis […]

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College Isn’t for Everyone … and That’s Okay

 

In recent years, the focus on encouraging high school students to pursue higher education has increased. This has led to a dramatic increase in college attendance, 15% growth between 2005 and 2015 alone. In itself, this encouragement of education is laudable. But, the problem lies in the execution of this encouragement. The focus on higher education is […]

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Goodbye, Privacy? How New EdTech Is Turning Students Into Lab Rats

 

Our children are being groomed to have no expectation of privacy, ever, and to accept constant surveillance as simply how things are. Schools and corporate vendors are playing a major role in stamping out the individual liberty and autonomy that should be our inheritance as Americans. A major tool in this effort is “social emotional […]

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