Wisconsin public schools hit hard by the policies of capitalism: as public funding for schools falls state by state: All good news to the privatizers out to strangle the public sector

From Larry Miller’s blog: July 5, 2010 Many Wisconsin School Districts Hit Hard By Economy School Finance State aid to schools expected to drop Eleven local districts will receive more than 10% less funding By Amy Hetzner of the Journal Sentinel July 1, 2010 General state aid is expected to decrease for more than half of […]

Cuckholded: public pension funds part two

Cuckholded part two: Public pension plans to be decimated Unless working people follow the example of those hit in Greece with IMF austerity measures, current and coming generations of people in the United States will work longer for less.  Those who work for the public sector are seeing an all out ruling class attack on […]

Charter Schools, Teachers, and the law

When addressing issues of employment and collective bargaining with classified and certified staff, some states allow their charter schools to bargain independently and directly with staff while others do not. In Arkansas, for example, charter schools are bound by school district collective bargaining agreements and teachers in each of a state’s charter schools have equal access to the public school teachers’ retirement system. In Minnesota, on the other hand, charter schools are not bound by district collective bargaining agreements. Minnesota charter school’s teachers may negotiate as separate unit with the charter school governing body or work independently. A charter school’s bargaining unit may remain part of the school district unit if teachers, the charter school governing board, the local school board and the teachers’ union in the school district agree. In Oregon, a charter school’s teachers may participate in existing

US Labor Against the War supports call for March Strike and Day of Action to Defend Public Education

It is heartening to see that many educational and campus service unions (including USLAW affiliates) have joined in unity, and that support is growing into a nationwide call for coordinated actions.
Cuts to funding for education and other health and human services are evident throughout the country, leading to layoffs, furlough days, and the loss of health, shelter, and lives.

Foreign Contributions and the Supreme's Overdue Decision on Campaign Funding

Michael Collins The Supreme Court of the United States will soon announce a major decision on our lightly controlled system of campaign funding.  Will it retain some limitations on corporate influence or will the court blow the lid off and cause a perpetual flood of unrestricted corporate contributions? An additional outcome may surprise and shock […]

Gaza Invasion: Powered By The U.S.

Gaza Invasion: Powered By The U.S. Taxpayers are spending over $1 billion to send refined fuel to the Israeli military — at a time when Israel doesn’t need it and America does. By Robert Bryce Editor’s note: Generous support for this article was provided by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. January 31, 2009 […]