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This Week in Poverty: An Antipoverty Contract for 2013? | Perspectives, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

This Week in Poverty: An Antipoverty Contract for 2013? | Perspectives, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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The nine basic elements you hear in all music: study

The nine basic elements you hear in all music: study | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/got-dough-how-billionaires-rule-our-schools

To justify their campaign, ed reformers repeat, mantra-like, that U.S. students are trailing far behind their peers in other nations, that U.S. public schools are failing. The claims are specious. Two of the three major international tests—the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study and the Trends in International Math and Science Study—break down student scores according to the poverty rate in each school. The tests are given every five years. The most recent results (2006) showed the following: students in U.S. schools where the poverty rate was less than 10 percent ranked first in reading, first in science, and third in math. When the poverty rate was 10 percent to 25 percent, U.S. students still ranked first in reading and science. But as the poverty rate rose still higher, students ranked lower and lower. Twenty percent of all U.S. schools have poverty rates over 75 percent. The average ranking of American students reflects this. The problem is not public schools; it is poverty. And as dozens of studies have shown, the gap in cognitive, physical, and social development between children in poverty and middle-class children is set by age three.

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 The truly excellent charter schools depend on foundation money and their prerogative to send low-performing students back to traditional public schools. They cannot be replicated to serve millions of low-income children. Yet the reform movement, led by Gates, Broad, and Walton, has convinced most Americans who have an opinion about education (including most liberals) that their agenda deserves support.

Given all this, I want to explore three questions: How do these foundations operate on the ground? How do they leverage their money into control over public policy? And how do they construct consensus? We know the array of tools used by the foundations for education reform: they fund programs to close down schools, set up charters, and experiment with data-collection software, testing regimes, and teacher evaluation plans; they give grants to research groups and think tanks to study all the programs, to evaluate all the studies, and to conduct surveys; they give grants to TV networks for programming and to news organizations for reporting; they spend hundreds of millions on advocacy outreach to the media, to government at every level, and to voters. Yet we don’t know much at all until we get down to specifics.

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The smallest of the Big Three,* the Broad Foundation, gets its largest return on education investments from its two training projects. The mission of both is.....click the title above to read more...

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Mississippi charter school board rejects Natchez school plan - Mississippi Business Journal

Mississippi charter school board rejects Natchez school plan - Mississippi Business Journal | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
JACKSON — Mississippi’s charter school agency rejected a Natchez charter school proposal Tuesday but voted to advance plans for two schools in Jackson proposed by RePublic Schools and could approve them in September. The Charter School Authorizer Board, meeting Tuesday in Laurel, said the plan for Phoenix Early College Charter School in Natchez didn’t meet ...
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David Cameron: Britain 'should not take more Middle East refugees'

David Cameron: Britain 'should not take more Middle East refugees' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Although community groups are rallying councils to accept more refugees, PM insists solution is to help bring peace to the Middle East David Cameron risked the charge of heartlessness after he insisted Britain should not take any further refugees...
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In Europe, the Word 'Migrant' Is Not the Problem

In Europe, the Word 'Migrant' Is Not the Problem | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Refugees are in vogue. As callous as that may sound, the group's plight - or more accurately, their "flight" - no matter where in the world they come from, is receiving more international media attention than ever before.
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Saudi Women Can Vote For the First Time Ever — But Only 16 Have Registered to Do So

Despite initial excitement for what appeared to be a step forward for women's rights in Saudi Arabia, the registration of women to vote in upcoming elections for the first time ever has so far been slow in the conservative kingdom.
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We Asked Cornel West Why He's Voting Bernie Sanders — His Response Was Genius 

We Asked Cornel West Why He's Voting Bernie Sanders — His Response Was Genius  | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Why he's backing "Brother Bernie."
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An interesting ticket would be Sanders, Lessig, Warren or John Stuart….The common factor all of these people have in common is that they lead by inspiring ordinary citizens to actively participate in shaping the policy that affects their own future and that of our global citizens as well. I find very little visionary or successful answers in placing the desperate people of the world behind walls or bob-wire or saddling them with lifetime debt in pretense of offering real help. It is time to regain a moral base in our treatment of humanity and our planet. I am not saying we should cuddle extremely obsessive "religious" groups like DASHE (Isis). The people of the world are a family and families might and a good moral family is there  to offer support to each other. It is time to let Ayn Rand's morality "The Virtues  of Selfishness" lay in her grave with her! I never realized how many of our leaders had become influenced with her flawed concept and quietly shaped policy by it for decades.

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$7.50 for a Day’s Work (Extra Scene from 'The Fruits of Cheap Labor') | VICE News

In this extra scene, a 52-year-old farm worker receives her daily wage for picking strawberries in northern Mexico. Her salary is $7.50 — plus a marshmallow.
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Google officially responds to EU anti-trust allegations

Google officially responds to EU anti-trust allegations | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, after months of investigation, the European Commission formally accused Google of anti-trust practises, forcing the company to respond and give evidence that its business tactics aren’t secretly squeezing out the competition.
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Earlier this year, the European Commission, after months of investigation, formally addressed Google by accusing them of taking part in anti-trust practices. This left Google with no choice other than to respond and give evidence proving the falseness of this claim and showing that its business tactics aren't to edge out the competition. Settlement over this dispute is believed to occur later this year. In the future, this could impact relations between US and European companies, which could directly impact trade and our access to certain things. This could also tense up relations, as the European Commission also has a bone to pick with Android, which Google will also have to respond to later this year. And the more Google is falsely accused, it is likely that eventually they will retaliate which can lead to conflict. Personally, I feel that maybe the European Commission may be envious of Google and its profits. As it is the most used cite on the internet, its profits could be what the European Commission may need to help in other areas. The European Commission is accusing Google of something every company essentially wants to do: beat the competition. Not necessarily put them out of business, but to be the best and receive the most money. Rather than accusing Google of trying to squeeze out the competition, maybe the European Commission could advertise better to try and attract a larger audience that could cause them to eventually look into what the Commission does.

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The Corbyn coronation: A real online movement could change British politics forever

The Corbyn coronation: A real online movement could change British politics forever | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
America, you have Bernie Sanders, who will not win the Democratic nomination, and Rand Paul, who will not win the Republican nomination.
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DUP threatens to pull plug on Stormont government over Provisional IRA claims

DUP threatens to pull plug on Stormont government over Provisional IRA claims | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Unionists say killing of ex-IRA assassin, blamed by police on PIRA members, breaks condition of Sinn Féin’s participation in executive Northern Ireland’s power-sharing coalition is hanging by a thread after the Democratic Unionist party confirmed...
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Teacher education policies, practices, and reform in Scotland: Implications in the Indian context

Teacher education policies, practices, and reform in Scotland: Implications in the Indian context | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
(2015). Teacher education policies, practices, and reform in Scotland: Implications in the Indian context. Cogent Education: Vol. 2, No. 1, 1066089. doi: 10.1080/2331186X.2015.1066089
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Humans Are So Efficient at Killing That Scientists are Calling Us 'Super Predators'

VICE News is closely tracking global environmental change. Check out the Tipping Point blog here.
Humans have achieved another great milestone, but it's no cause for celebration.
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Gov. Rick Scott finalizes deal to sell his holdings in urgent care chain Solantic

Gov. Rick Scott finalizes deal to sell his holdings in urgent care chain Solantic | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
TALLAHASSEE — Two weeks after insisting he was "not involved in that company," Gov. Rick Scott finalized a deal Wednesday to sell Solantic Inc., the Jacksonville chain of urgent care clinics he founded.
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Insiders benefiting in charter deals

Insiders benefiting in charter deals | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Insiders benefiting in charter deals ,Board members and administrators from more than a dozen state-funded charter schools are profiting from their affiliations by doing business with schools they oversee.
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Twitter tyrants and social justice warriors beware. The libertarians are coming for you | Jason Wilson

Twitter tyrants and social justice warriors beware. The libertarians are coming for you | Jason Wilson | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Why are staunch free speech warriors like Spiked editor Brendan O’Neill up in arms about movements that get results from political speech, like feminism?
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Black Crime Rates: Your Statistics Are Racist

Black Crime Rates: Your Statistics Are Racist | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
There is a common conservative narrative that indicates the disproportionate incarceration of black people is not the result of systemic racism, but rather of shortcomings within the black community.
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I think there is a strong case for this articles points. I listened to a wing /religious radio program that pretty much said there are no excuses for black high crime rates... Never was the word discrimination  mentioned or poverty.... You would think black people are just raised wrong or it is in their genes and there is simply a need reforming blacks as a whole society.

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Federal Judge to HHS: No, You Can't Discriminate for No Good Reason

Federal Judge to HHS: No, You Can't Discriminate for No Good Reason | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Can the government treat some people differently than others on the basis of sheer favoritism? It seems like an obvious question, but decades' worth of unwarranted judicial deference in constitutional cases have made the answer uncertain.
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2015’s States with the Best and Worst School Systems

2015’s States with the Best and Worst School Systems | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Unless one is destined for the ranks of wildly successful college dropouts like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, education remains the traditional route to professional and financial success for many Americans. Consider themedian incomes for workers aged 25 and older in 2014. Those with a bachelor’s degree earned 65 percent more than those with only a high school diploma, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data reveal that income potential grows — and chances of unemployment shrink — as one’s educational attainment improves.

And with school resuming session, many parents will be seeking the best school districts to secure their children’s academic success. When comparing their options, however, parents should recognize that the amount of available public funding is by no means a determinant of a school system’s quality, as our findings demonstrate, though money is certainly helpful.

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Exactly why is Mississippi trying to follow the lead of Louisiana and Florida? Why aren't school reformist in Mississippi  visiting  Massachusetts, Colorado or New Jersey?

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The French Model: Will Climate Change Spark a World Wide Revolution? | Nomadic Politics

The French Model: Will Climate Change Spark a World Wide Revolution? | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
BLOG devoted to Political and Historical essays and discussions on Progressive issues
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Immigrants and refugees are flooding in from so many areas around the globe and that should bring questions like this to the forefront. The globe isn't flat. It is a circle of endless and forever connected actions, outcomes, and life.

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Class-Action Lawsuit Claims 10 Automakers Hid Keyless Ignition Carbon Monoxide Dangers That Led To 13 Deaths

Class-Action Lawsuit Claims 10 Automakers Hid Keyless Ignition Carbon Monoxide Dangers That Led To 13 Deaths | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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At least 13 people have died because 10 major automakers concealed the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than five million vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions, a new class-action lawsuit claims.
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Judge Says Top Dole Execs Owe Shareholders $148M For Driving Down Company’s Stock Price Before Buyout

Judge Says Top Dole Execs Owe Shareholders $148M For Driving Down Company’s Stock Price Before Buyout | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
(Port of San Diego)Two top executives at Dole are on the hook for $148 million after a judge ruled that CEO and chairman of the board David H. Murdock, and the company’s former chief operating officer, C.
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How will Labour top losing the election? By losing its own leadership contest | Frankie Boyle

How will Labour top losing the election? By losing its own leadership contest | Frankie Boyle | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Perhaps the whole debacle is a brilliant piece of marketing designed to make whoever takes over seem like a genius Many people thought the Labour party would struggle to top the disaster of losing the general election, but it has silenced the...
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US learns nothing from hundreds of deaths caused by police, allows use of armed drones

US learns nothing from hundreds of deaths caused by police, allows use of armed drones | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
It seems that the 759 people killed by police in the US this year (776 according to Killedbypolice.net) alone aren’t a big enough hint that further arming law enforcement will do nothing to improve the problem, which really shouldn’t need spelling...
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Philippine Gov't Invites Former Occupying Military Powers Back to Ward Off China

Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the United States Pacific Command, arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday for a three-day visit that highlights broad changes to the Southeast Asian nation's military strategy.
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