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Vast increase in compensation seen for US college presidents

By Matthew MacEgan, December 17, 2012

A list of the top ten earners in 2010 shows that each had a total income falling between $1.5 million and $3 million per year.

Washington, DC charter school wins Race to the Top grant

By Nick Barrickman, December 14, 2012

The US Department of Education announced that the Knowledge Is Power Program has been declared the winner of a grant from the Obama administration.

Oregon students face massive debt

By Lauren Hughes, December 13, 2012

Oregon, student, student debt, Stafford loan

Illinois grad assistants union pushes through concessions contract

By Marcus Day, December 13, 2012

The new contract is part of an overall attack on public education throughout the state of Illinois and across the country.

Washington DC parents and teachers express outrage over schools plan

By Ed Hightower, Nick Barrickman, December 8, 2012

At a public meeting held by school authorities, parents and teachers spoke out against the consolidation of the district and the shutting down of 20 schools.

Behind the growth of D.C. charter schools

By Trent Novak, Nick Barrickman, December 7, 2012

An examination of the personnel behind the charterization of the Washington, D.C. school system reveals private profit as the motive.

Large turnout at meeting on attacks on public schools in Michigan

By Walter Gilberti, December 6, 2012

A meeting on state legislation aimed at further expanding charter and online education schemes drew a large crowd in Rochester, Michigan Monday.

Hurricane Sandy compounds crisis facing public schools in New York City

By Steve Light, December 5, 2012

When New York City schools re-opened for their 1.1 million students and 100,000 staff a week after Hurricane Sandy hit, 57 of 1,700 school buildings in New York City remained closed due to damage and 29 due to lack of electricity.

University of Illinois graduate assistants:

Reject the sellout contract! Fight to defend the right to higher education and decent living standards!

By Socialist Equality Party, December 4, 2012

The SEP calls on graduate assistants to reject the concessions agreement the Graduate Employees Organization has reached with the University of Illinois administration.

Washington, D.C. parents and teachers oppose school closings, charter schools

By Ed Hightower, Nikolai Barrickman, November 30, 2012

Parents, students and teachers have reacted in anger to a plan to close 20 public schools in Washington, D.C.

Illinois graduate assistants’ union attempts to force through sellout contract

By Marcus Day, November 29, 2012

Leaders of the Graduate Employees Union (GEO) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign signed a tentative agreement Tuesday containing major wage and health care concessions.

ISO paves way for Chicago school closures

By Kristina Betinis, Jerry White, November 27, 2012

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Schools district (CPS) are moving ahead with plans to close as many as 120 public schools, and open up 60 new charter schools over the next few years. About 140 schools have been identified by the district as half-empty, and are expected to be the first targeted for closure. The closings would eliminate the jobs of thousands of teachers and school support staff.