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Charter School Leaders Should Talk More About Racism

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report

"Charter schools can do more with less" is a common refrain of school choice advocates, who criticize traditional public schools for wasting money. The promise of greater efficiency has been an attractive argument for charters as states struggle to keep up with ever rising educational expenses. Many charter supporters go so far as to say poverty is a poor excuse for underachievement.

In fact, income and wealth consistently rank as the strongest predictors of academic success. But racism is the reason students in black neighborhoods don't get the finances they need.

Racism creates systems that undervalue black schools, homes and lives, leading to fewer resources for the people who need every cent. If charter backers and other school reformers are really going to uplift black and brown students, they must recognize this and fight funding inequities created by that devaluation of black worth.

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Posted on December 11, 2018

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Posted on November 27, 2018

Soda Industry Steals Page From Tobacco To Combat Taxes On Sugary Drinks

By Liz Szabo/Kaiser Health News
Soda industry funding of medical meetings, journals and researchers is ubiquitous.

Posted on December 4, 2018

Tent City For Migrant Kids Shrouded In Secrecy

By Laura C. Morel and Patrick Michels/Reveal
Lawyers are alarmed; advocates question its conditions

Posted on November 29, 2018

Judge: "Deliberate Indifference" Of IDOC Mental Health Care Requires Federal Oversight

By The Uptown People's Law Center
Ten years after filing, "mentally ill inmates continue to suffer."

Posted on October 31, 2018

Punishing Bullies Doesn't Work

By Jill Barshay/The Hechinger Report
Rather than targeting the bullies, one idea is to focus on everybody else's behavior. But even that approach lacks scientific consensus.

Posted on October 31, 2018

$6.5 Billion: A Low-Ball Estimate Of The Walton Family's Haul After 16 Years Of Bush, Obama And Trump Tax Giveaways

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
While Walmart's starting wage has risen just slightly over the past 16 years amid soaring grassroots pressure, the Walton family has raked in an estimated $6,510,847,623 in dividend income tax savings.

Posted on October 26, 2018

Chicago One Week Away From New Office Of Labor Standards

By Arise Chicago
If approved, Chicago would follow cities including including New York, Seattle and San Francisco in creating such an office.

Posted on October 24, 2018

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