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Leid Stories—Remembering Activist Linda Brown and Why We Must Continue to Fight Against Educational Apartheid—03.27.18

Linda Brown’s parents, Leola and Oliver Brown, wanted to enroll their 9-year-old daughter in an elementary school just a few blocks from their home in Topeka, Kansas. The school refused to admit her; instead, Brown’s parents were advised to send their daughter to an all-black school clear across town. Thus began a protracted legal battle that confronted, and finally broke, …

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Leid Stories—Detroit: The Systematic Destruction of Education; Still Under the Yoke of Bankruptcy—08.24.16

With the summer break ending, school districts all across the country are humming with activity, preparing for a new school year. Not so in Detroit, where the state’s largest school district, still under state-imposed emergency management, remains mired in a series of overlapping crises—fiscal, political, administrative and pedagogical—that appear certain to doom any hopes for a productive new year.

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Go Harrison – 07.11.16

A pioneering Outfest documentary, RAISING ZOEY, which follows one of Los Angeles’ bravest, and youngest, trans rights activists, Zoey Luna (last year’s LA Pride’s Grand Marshall) just after winning a case against her school district for discrimination, as she begins hormone treatments and publicly advocates for change with her mother and sister always by her side.

ZOEY LUNA & DANTE ALENCASTRE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naJoi_JVuMY&spfreload=10

Topic: Bernie: what’s next
GUESTS: Greg Palast, Michelle Bird, Don Irwin, and John Sarley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umDsvGlRrNk&spfreload=10

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Jeff Bryant – America’s Schools Are Falling Apart—The Country’s Public Schools Need Huge Investment

You’ve probably heard about the fierce battle [3] over school bathrooms raging across the country. It’s an important story for sure because transgender students should not be blocked from entering facilities of their gender identity. But the current fight over gender equity shouldn’t take away from another bathroom battle taking place in our nation’s public schools: whether students have access to a functioning …

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Leid Stories – Lessons Learned from Detroit, Flint and the Indiana Primaries – 05.04.16

And on the third day, there’s school. The Detroit Federation of Teachers has ended a two-day sickout that shut down 94 of its 97 public schools on Monday and Tuesday. Teachers were told over the weekend that the state’s largest school district would run out of money by June 30 and their salaries for summer school and thereafter could not be guaranteed.

Meanwhile, President Obama today visits Flint, Mich. He’ll get “briefings” there on the city’s water-contamination crisis—two years after it came to light. And in Indiana, the presidential primaries delivered many surprises. Leid Stories discusses the lessons to be learned from all three events.

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Rachel M. Cohen – School Closures: A Blunt Instrument

n 2013, citing a $1.4 billion deficit, Philadelphia’s state-run school commission voted to close 23 schools—nearly 10 percent of the city’s stock. The decision came after a three-hour meeting at district headquarters, where 500 community members protested outside and 19 were arrested for trying to block district officials from casting their votes. Amid the fiscal pressure from state budget cuts, …

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Carrie Barron M.D – The Silent Epidemic: Young Men Dropping Out of College

The statistics are disconcerting. Over the past decade, about 30% of young men have dropped out of college during their freshman year (Hartley). For those who remained, 38% completed their bachelor’s degree in four years and 58% finished within six.  (National Center for Education Statistics). According to researchers, the struggles of male college freshmen have not changed much through the …

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Jeannette Wicks-Lim – Is a $15 Minimum Wage Economically Feasible?

Campaigns like 15Now and Fight for $15 are bucking convention and demanding minimum-wage hikes far larger than what has been past practice. Take, for example, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007—one of the larger sets of increases in the federal minimum. This Act raised the federal wage floor by 40% in three steps: from $5.15 to $5.85 in 2007, …

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Patrick Martin – Obama administration prepares raids on Central American immigrants

The US Department of Homeland Security is preparing to unleash widespread raids on Central American immigrants, mainly women and children, once the new year begins, according to unnamed Obama administration officials who spoke with the press last week. It would be the first ever program of mass deportations to target Central American refugees specifically. Most are women and children who …

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Hillary Clinton: If Elected President, I’ll Shut Down 50,000 Public Schools

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton announced during a campaign stop in Iowa that she would shut down nearly 50,000 public schools if elected president. Her comments at the event were broadcast by NBC. “This school district, and these schools throughout Iowa, are doing a better than average job,” Hillary Clinton said during a campaign event at a school in Keota, Iowa, on Tuesday. “Now, I …