Hedge-Funders Support Charter Schools to Avoid Taxes?

March 25, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—A reporter for The Nation answered in the affirmative, arguing in a recent investigative piece that Wall Street hedge-funders are bankrolling the foot soldiers for and expansion of charter schools because they don’t want to pay the taxes necessary for New York State to meet its constitutional obligation of funding equally its public schools. 

Adjuncts Oppose The New School’s Corporatization!

March 20, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—The president of the UAW local representing adjuncts at the New School rallied with a placard that let passerby know that The New School is a higher education institution, not a corporation. In the accompanying video, Emily Barnett explains why she and her colleagues were demonstrating the college.

NYSUT President Denounces Cuomo Plan as 'Drive-By' Evaluations

March 20, 2015
By LaborPress

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to have teachers judged by their pupils’ test scores and outside observers amounts to "a drive-by" evaluation system, New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee said March 16. Standardized tests can be useful, Magee told the Westchester Journal-News editorial board, but as diagnostic tools that show teachers what their current students know, or don't.

The New School Adjuncts Grade Their President “F”

March 17, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—Adjuncts rallied on campus on Monday afternoon and unveiled a report card on The New School president’s performance and he failed miserably in every subject area. 

Worker Coops And Unions - Together Again

March 13, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Rafiah Vitalis and Omar Freilla.

Bronx, NY - Innovative worker cooperatives throughout the five boroughs have gotten a significant boost this year from both Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and a progressive City Council. Now, advocates for hungry worker-owned businesses hope that organized labor starts to embrace them equally as well. 

Rutgers’ Unions Rally For New Contract!

March 11, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

Newark, NJ—Hundreds of Rutgers University faculty, administrative staff and health care professionals rallied at the Rutgers-Newark campus on Tuesday afternoon to demand that the university’s administration stop stalling and tap into a large reserve to settle new contracts.

Why Tenure Matters

March 10, 2015
Cynthia DiBartolo, CEO, Tigress Financial Partners

In his 2015 State of the State address Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking about the challenges facing New York’s public schools, attacked teacher tenure, claiming that it protects ineffective educators from being fired.  To me this seemed like classic scapegoating, but to my surprise, many of my colleagues in the business community echoed similar views.

Fed Up Mayors: NYS Has Failed Kids For Too Long

March 10, 2015
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner are calling on the Empire State to finally meet its school funding obligations under the Campaign for Fiscal Equity [CFE] court decision, and to provide the necessary resources needed to implement critical reforms that could turn around struggling schools.

Attorney General Scores Win for Immigrant Students

March 5, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Long Island, NY -  Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced an agreement with the Hempstead Union Free School District to ensure educational access for students regardless of their immigration status. Last October, the attorney general received complaints from community members in Hempstead that approximately 33 Hispanic students – many of them recent immigrants – were not admitted into schools within the Hempstead Union Free School District.

The New School Students Union Wants Representation!

February 27, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—Just like the graduate students of New York University did in 1998, grad students at The New School want the administration to recognize them as a union in order to achieve a collective bargaining agreement. 

Lights, Camera, (Worker) Action!

February 27, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

"Food Chains."

New York, NY -  With well coordinated anti-union and anti-worker campaigns continuing to march across the nation, a growing number of labor groups and independent filmmakers are beginning to reach for their digital cameras in an effort to stem the tide with real-life, human stories that are hard to ignore. 

Adjuncts Say The New School Pays Peanuts!

February 26, 2015
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Throughout the country on Wednesday adjunct professors staged a walkout at numerous colleges and universities to protest low pay and tenuous working conditions. Adjuncts at The New School couldn’t walk out because they’re obliged by a contract, but they joined graduate students in a show of solidarity.

Governor's School Takeover Plan is an Overreach

February 25, 2015
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Governor Cuomo's proposal for the takeover of struggling schools has many flaws. The legislation is part of his budget proposal. Under the plan the state would appoint a school overseer titled a "receiver" when a school was designated as troubled.

UFT Chief Slams Governor Cuomo

February 19, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

New York, NY - United Federation of Teachers [UFT] President Michael Mulgrew blasted Governor Cuomo from the steps of City Hall this week, charging the chief executive with ignoring court mandated funding of New York City public schools, while simultaneously pushing so-called reforms that many say are brazen attempts to corporatize the entire education system. 

Boston University Adjuncts Join SEIU

February 17, 2015

Adjunct professors at Boston University voted by a 2-to-1 margin to unionize Feb. 4, making it the fourth Boston-area college where part-time faculty have joined Faculty Forward, a part of Service Employees International Union Local 509.

Walker Caught Lying About ‘Teacher of the Year’

February 17, 2015

Late last month, Wisconsin Gov.Scott Walker told an Iowa audience that the state’s “outstanding teacher of the year” in 2010-11 had been laid off because union seniority rules. He was lying. The woman he mentioned had won a very obscure award for first-year teachers—and on Feb. 9, the woman who actually was Wisconsin’s high-school teacher of the year denounced him in an open letter.

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