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Monday, 20 August 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012
Hundreds of thousands of teachers have lost their jobs in recent years. And as U.S. students go back to school amid a presidential campaign with clashing budget visions, President Barack Obama is sounding the alarm.

Since since the end of the recession three years ago, 300,000 educators have lost their jobs -- 7,000 in the last month alone, according to a report the White House released Saturday, titled "Investing in Our Future: Returning Teachers to the Classroom." To remain financially solvent, 292 school districts took drastic measures that include a four-day school week and cutting full-day kindergarten. Pittsburgh laid off 280 teachers, the report said. Cleveland cut teachers and programs in music, art and gym.
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Randi Weingarten: What Matters Most
Education wars -- two words that should never be strung together -- are far too common in the United States. The primary casualties of such conflicts, as well as of mounting education cuts and misguided "reforms," are our students.
Merone Tesfaye: Don't Forget Ed
Whether we win those jobs comes down to the quality of our education. It does not take a PhD to figure out what will happen in a global economy if other countries invest more in their schools to prepare their youth for jobs.
Sam Koppelman: Pussy Riot: The Cost of Standing Up
So, today, in light of the Pussy Riot sentencing, I ask that everyone reading this joins me and takes a step back from your day-to-day struggles to appreciate the freedoms we have as Americans.
Roy Speckhardt: The Two Problems With the New Push for Vouchers
When schoolchildren are taught religious dogma instead of a credible academic program, their ability to function in the real world and compete for jobs is drastically diminished.
Rick Najera: I AM 38: Because Education is a Civil Right
Public K-12 education has been gutted in the past three years, and I'm particularly angry because these school children are most likely -- at least in California -- to be Latino.

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