High school students went on strike today, refusing to participate in the second day of standardized testing.
What is happening in Michigan "is a threat to everyone in this nation," said Al Sharpton. "If you get away with it in Detroit, you can get away with it all over the nation."
Thousands of teachers, parents, students and city residents protested the announcement by Chicago Board of Education that it will close 54 schools effecting 30,000 students.
NEW YORK - After more than a decade of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's corporate restructuring of public education, a coalition of community groups hit the streets to ask New Yorkers, especially parents, what their priorities really were.
What a rat race! No, I don't mean the auto industry or Silicon Valley, or even the vicious corporate American scene. I mean academia.
Ninety percent of students affected would be African American, an action that would be another destabilizing blow to African American communities.
Hundreds of students, teachers, parents, staff members, and allies packed Chicago's Fuller Park Fieldhouse Thursday night.
The district announced the names of the schools to be shuttered; in the late afternoon a dense crowd of hundreds of protesters massed on the steps of district headquarters.
TIFs - or Tax Increment Financing - is a method powerful financial interests have devised to divert public monies to private coffers.
On October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups organized Freedom Day, a mass boycott and demonstration against segregated schools and inadequate resources for black students.