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Mitchell Robinson, an actual educator, answers Mike Petrilli's over-simplified essay on how to "improve" public education.
Ten House candidates endorsed by the Kentucky COPE (Committee on Political Education) won and five lost in Tuesday's primary. We were one-for-two in the Senate. That’s .647, or .283 better than Boston Red Sox slugger Mookie Betts, tops in the majors this season so far.
This austerity for government employees, and most other working Americans, is caused by economic policies purposely contrived to suppress both wages and worker’s rights, and to direct as much money as possible into the hands of the wealthy. It’s a “race to the bottom,” and here is how Republican lawmakers work it.
Faced with a losing hand through his own bad choices, what does Governor Matt Bevin choose to do? Click the link to see the entire cartoon and find out!
Here is a map of the school systems that have decided to close on Friday, either in response to, or in support of, teachers being able to travel to Frankfort to rally and speak to leges.
This is great: "Female attorneys sent a warning to Oklahoma state legislators that they’re coming to the Capitol Monday to help mediate a solution for better education in Oklahoma, or there will be consequences."
This is what democracy looks like when the Republicans hold the majorities in the House and Senate and the governor's office. This is Republican "democracy."
Lurking behind all this anti-worker legislation is a painfully inconvenient truth: Some of my union brothers and sisters helped put the Republicans in charge in Frankfort. Some teachers did likewise.
Our cartoonist, Aaron Smith, reminded us of this cartoon he did in the early days of the site, and said "It seems even more relevant today!" So, we decided to rerun it. Enjoy!
Thousands of demonstrators erupted in wild cheers and a spontaneous rendition of the state's official song following the passage of a bill by the state Senate that ended the West Virginia strike. A proud and determined people stood up for working people, for education, for their students, and for themselves.
The longest teacher strike in West Virginia history ended with a deal to grant the teachers 5% more in pay—but issues of pay disparities for rural teachers still persist. If not resolved, teachers in other states could follow the example of West Virginia, where over half of all schools are considered rural.
Here are photos, videos, and a writeup from the front lines of the West Virginia teachers and public employees strike. THIS is what democracy looks like!