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Parents occupy Oakland school to protest closures

Parents and teachers occupying Lakeview Elementary School since June 15 say they plan to stay until the district agrees to keep their school and four others open, reversing its decision to close them as of the end of the school year.

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Protesters force retreat on plan to dismantle Philly public schools

A coalition of parent, community, student and labor groups brought their message to the Philadelphia city School Reform Commission

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Thousands protest Philly school closings, layoffs

Responding to a call by SEIU, more than a thousand people marched through downtown and rallied in front of the School Reform Commission offices.

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Philly school "restructure" plan meets stiff opposition

As this city's School Reform Commission prepares to roll out a plan for the radical "restructuring" of one of the nation's largest school districts, resistance is building.

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Teachers stand up and fight

Teachers with Alliance/AFT of Dallas picketed outside the administration office of the Dallas Independent School district before the board meeting on Feb. 23.

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Parents, community occupy Chicago school, demand to be heard

The occupiers were dramatizing their frustration with plans by the Chicago Public Schools to close the school and reopen it as a charter.

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Ravitch blasts corporate "school reform"

Diane Ravitch, a national leader of the fight to defend public education, sounded the alarm about concerted efforts by corporate and right-wing forces to undermine democracy and destroy public education in the U.S.

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Chicago mayor aims to aggressively privatize schools

The mayor's plan will affect 10,000 students, mostly Black and Latino, and result in the firing of 600 teachers, principals, building maintenance, cafeteria and other workers.

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Teachers cautious on education law rewrite

The nation's two teachers unions are taking a cautious, wait-and-see attitude towards a draft rewrite of the nation's basic federal education law.

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Pete Seeger on Woody Guthrie, youth and the environment

"These were the original verses, which Woody had written. He sang them several different ways. The way I learned it is how he wrote it, mentioning private property."

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