Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Modern School: Univ. Arizona Students Build Nation's Longest Fake Border Wall

Modern School: Univ. Arizona Students Build Nation's Longest Fake Border Wall

Univ. Arizona Students Build Nation's Longest Fake Border Wall


Angus Johnston, of the Student Activism blog, recently wrote about a protest at the University of Arizona, in which students installed a fake border fence in the middle of the campus, seven feet high and topped with barbed wire. The action was taken by a group called No More Deaths, which fights “to end death and suffering on the U.S./Mexico border through civil initiative.” They built the wall to draw attention to the deaths resulting from the militarization of the U.S.-Mexican border, as well as the suffering and violence caused by the Israeli Apartheid wall.

According to Curtis Prendergast, of The Sonoran Chronicle, the mock border wall runs down the middle of the UA mall for four hundred feet, the longest fake border wall in the country, according to No More Deaths activists. They also

Why This Teacher Supports Unions (A Thought) | The Jose Vilson

Why This Teacher Supports Unions (A Thought) | The Jose Vilson

Why This Teacher Supports Unions (A Thought)

I can tell you of the petty nonsense I’ve faced as a teacher, the plethora of veteran teachers they tried to get rid of because they’re too old, the times I didn’t think my job was safe because I had an opinion that’s far from mainstream, the people I’ve met who were harassed on a daily basis for being too ____, and the places we try and hide our system’s dirt in backrooms and rugs.

Instead, I’ll tell you of a principle theory. Union means unity.

When two or more people within a given circle feel a common struggle against an oppression, they must amalgamate against that oppression. In our country and so many others, corporatists and Reaganites obfuscate these unions and re-brand efforts from public (and private) service workers to the American public as unpatriotic

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The view from Florida #wiunion #statesos #awakefl

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The view from Florida

The view from Florida

More testing madness

I've been in Florida all week, trying to get a handle on Gov. Scott's train wreck of a school reform. The latest fiasco has to do with the state's testing madness and a new law that forces schools to evaluate and pay teachers on the basis of students' FCAT scores. The last time the legislature passed such a bill, it had to be repealed when the state ran out of money and couldn't afford "merit " pay.

The latest problem is that, for the second year in a row, the state can't get test scores back in time to enter student grades, allow seniors to graduate or figure teachers' pay into their budgets. What a mess!

Florida law requires test results be available within a week, but the state says it won't have them ready until after

Twitter Strategies « My Island View

Twitter Strategies « My Island View

Twitter Strategies

Whenever it comes to writing about Twitter in a blog post, I never know how basic to go in my descriptions. I guess I must assume that there will be many people who have no idea about Twitter. I can also be confident that many other readers are capable of writing a similar post with better strategies. The problem with Twitter is that it is confusing to explain, difficult to understand, and only learned when one begins to use it regularly. My use for twitter, although it can be very social, is for the purpose of personal development. If I was a boat builder, I would follow other boat builders, but since I am an educator, I will focus my following to other educators. The goal is to assemble a list of people who are not only knowledgeable about education and learning, but have a sharing and collaborative philosophy.

One of the first things I do, when I am considering someone to follow, is to check his, or her Twitter Profile. I limit myself to following educators, because I gear my Twitter account for professional learning. Many people have

More than 100 shut out of Newark school meeting after auditorium fills to capacity | NJ.com

More than 100 shut out of Newark school meeting after auditorium fills to capacity | NJ.com

More than 100 shut out of Newark school meeting after auditorium fills to capacity

Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 8:01 PM Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 8:14 PM
residents.JPGAngry residents left outside pound on the doors as hundreds of parents, students, teachers and city officials debate the merits of a proposal to meld almost a dozen charter and district schools next year during a standing-room-only meeting of the Newark Public School Advisory Board at Barringer High School. The school auditorium was at capacity and police and school security kept dozens of attendees outside.

NEWARK — Chants of "Let us in!" rang out among the more than 100 people who turned out for Newark's monthly school board meeting who were barred from entering Barringer High School's auditorium.

Security guards at the entrances said the room was over capacity based on fire safety codes. But for the parents, teachers and students pressing the school's blue metal doors, this was an unacceptable excuse.

"If it's an open forum, it should be open to the public," said Lydia Murcado, a Newark teacher whose children attend Catholic schools. "They should at least have speakers out here so we can hear what's going on inside."

Instead those waiting by the doors were treated to speakers blasting support for Kris Pernell, a

NEA, NAACP Swallow Bankers’ Line on Swipe Fees | FDL News Desk

NEA, NAACP Swallow Bankers’ Line on Swipe Fees | FDL News Desk

NEA, NAACP Swallow Bankers’ Line on Swipe Fees

swiping from the customers? photo: catatronic)

The amendment to the Dodd-Frank legislation reducing the cost of interchange fees for debit and credit cards passed with a supermajority in the Senate. It went through the normal process and it won. Now the banks, in a slightly stronger position than during the Dodd-Frank debate, are trying to get the changes delayed, and effectively killed. They’re using a silly argument that this will result in higher costs for consumers. They have the ability to control those costs. Whatever higher costs would come in the form of fees for using debit cards or restrictions on high-dollar debit card purchases or fees for checking accounts, all imposed by the banks. They cannot imagine a world where their profits are in any way lower, so they have to “make up” the reduction in interchange fees.

Now, competition would ensue and some bank would offer free checking to increase volume, and people would flock to it. But the big banks don’t really want to compete on quality of service and price. They want a license to

Big Education Ape: 3-22-11, Special PM #wiunion Edition #p2 #WEAREWI #wi #tcot

Big Education Ape: Ed News Now, #wiunion

Big Education Ape: Ed News Now

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dekerivers.wordpress.com - As of late there are so many stories brewing in Wisconsin that I find it best to let some of them fester a while to see where things are heading. One of the story themes I have been watching is the...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Citizens United: Corporate free speech and working class decimation | Dailycensored.comCitizens United: Corporate free speech and working class decimationWritten by Danny WeilBusiness, PoliticsMar ...

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uppitywis.org - Personally, I couldn't care less what people do or whom they do it with when they're in the bedroom: It's none of my business. Unfortunately, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser doesn't f...

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defendwisconsin.org - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s Department of Justice is attempting to appeal Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi’s order blocking implementation of Governor’s Scott Walker’s budget-repair bi...

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newschannel5.com - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On Tuesday, there was another heated debate between lawmakers about a bill that would strip the teachers' union of their collective bargaining rights. There was a lot of debate a...

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badgerherald.com - A band of retired Wisconsinites marched around the Capitol building Monday in protest of Gov. Scott Walker’s bill to limit collective bargaining and proposed biennium budget that they said would ha...

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millermps.wordpress.com - Right-wing court activist and Walker supporter David Prosser has the endorsement of Wisconsin’s Republican Party. He recently acknowledged that he called Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson a “bitch” ...

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washingtonpost.com - A century ago this week, in Lower Manhattan, a young social worker named Frances Perkins was having tea at the Greenwich Village townhouse of her friend, the socialite Margaret Morgan Norrie. They ...

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democurmudgeon.blogspot.com - Seniors were largely the reason Republican were voted into office in 2010. They believed health care reform was bad and wanted it repealed. They also believed Republicans would prevent the Democrat...

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democurmudgeon.blogspot.com - I posted this story from WTMJ4, in Milwaukee, because it's the perfect example of disaster capitalism. Watch how concerned parents will give up everything to save programs that they know work in th...

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defendwisconsin.org - Chicago energy development firm Invenergy on Monday notified state regulators that it’s withdrawing plans to build a large wind power project south of Green Bay. The company said it was concerned a...

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democurmudgeon.blogspot.com - Wonder how we ever got so deep into debt?Think about the state deficit and then consider this: The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will cost Wisconsin taxpayers 2.5 billion this year alone. That’s mon...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Attacks on Public-Employee Unions Undermine the Middle ClassAttacks on Public-Employee Unions Undermine the Middle ClassMonday 21 March 2011by: Dmitri Iglitzin and Carson Glickman-Flora, t r u t h ...

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jd2718.wordpress.com - But what if you have no blog to answer on? A bunch of us are answering that question “YES!” on our blogs tomorrow (Tuesday, March 22, 2011) You can play, too. Send me a post, and I will try to find...

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dnj.com - NASHVILLE — A proposal that restricts the collective bargaining rights of Tennessee teachers is advancing in the House.The measure sponsored by House Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart of H...

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uppitywis.org - Papa Fitzgerald and Randy Hopper's live-in make a segment of the Rachel Maddow show entitled, "It's not about the budget."

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uppitywis.org - Offshore wind farmWhile the Walker administration and the GOP-controlled legislature continue to ruminate about making it easier to build nuclear power plants in the state while restricting wind po...

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news.firedoglake.com - Add Rick Snyder to the list of Republican governors who over-read their mandate and now find themselves quickly unpopular. First it was Scott Walker in Wisconsin, then John Kasich in Ohio. Now Snyd...

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teamsternation.blogspot.com - Senator's girlfriend had help getting job Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ...Even though the state is supposedly broke, top officials in Gov. Scott Walker's team were able to scrape together enough m...

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northjersey.com - A state Superior Court judge has ruled that “the state has failed to carry its burden” in funding the public schools. FILE PHOTO / AMY NEWMAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPER Piscataway Superintendent Robert Co...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - News | www.kochwatch.orgWisPolitics: Wisconsin Wave: It's time to pull back the curtain on who's behind Scott Walker *March 18, 2011-* Beginning on Mon March 21st through Fri. March 25th, Wisconsin...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Modern School: Detroit’s Continuing School ProblemsDetroit’s Continuing School Problemsby Michael DunnRobert Bobb, now in the final months of his contract as state-appointed emergency financial man...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Schools Matter: Stanley Fish Supports Higher Ed Unions (gasp) and Declares "We are All Badgers Now"Stanley Fish Supports Higher Ed Unions (gasp) and Declares "We are All Badgers Now"by Jim HornThis...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - For more: http://www.we-r-1.org This video was not paid for or endorsed by any specific organization. This video is the work of an individual citizen.Contact: DennisTrainorjr (at) gmail (dot) comfa...

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solidaritywisconsin.com - First the protest, now a court ruling is blocking Scott Walker's assault on collective bargaining rights. Whatever it takes

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democurmudgeon.blogspot.com - Justice David Prosser needs a little anger management:From WITI-TV 6: On April 5th, voters will decide who will sit on Wisconsin's Supreme Court Bench. Both Incumbent Justice David Prosser and Assi...

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uppitywis.org - Milwaukee Magazine Editor Bruce Murphy on Gov. Scott Waukesha's budget and its impact on the city of Milwaukee: You could go back half a century and you wouldn’t find a more destructive budget fo...

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dekerivers.wordpress.com - More political games…in the guise of legal actions…when it comes to the collective bargaining bill….. What will Wisconsin Republicans think of next? This is just….something. (Family type blog and a...

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blog.aflcio.org - If Michigan voters could do it over, they would pick Democrat Virg Bernero as governor over Rick Snyder by a slim margin. That’s a major drop in popularity for Snyder who won by an 18 percent margi...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Republican’s Proposed Charter School Changes Would Hurt Quality « Larry Miller's BlogRepublican’s Proposed Charter School Changes Would Hurt Quality By Martin Scanlan March 21, 2011 MJSentinel On W...

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uppitywis.org - Pardon the language. That's a disgusting word, but we're just quoting from a family ;newspaper, which reported that a distinguished member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Justice David Prosser, ask...

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theuptake.org - House Minority Leader Paul Thissen ( DFL- Richfield/ SW Minneapolis) says despite promises of reform and “tough choices” during the campaign season, Republicans are offering the “same pass-the-buck...

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uppitywis.org - The River Falls Journal reported this morning on a police call regarding someone stealing a petition from a volunteer seeking signatures to recall Sheila Harsdorf. The alleged theft occurred on the...

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bluecheddar.wordpress.com - by bluecheddar Senator Erpenbach (one of the famous Fab 14-ers) visited La Crosse, Wisconsin on March 19, 2011 to support the “Recall Kapanke” campaign. This is a segment from the speech he gave at...

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uppitywis.org - Despite Sen. Alberta Darling and others saying that a provision in Gov. Scott Walker's "Budget Repair Bill" allowing Walker to sell state-owned power plants in a sketchy no-bid process was removed ...

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weau.com - MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin prosecutor says a judge properly blocked publication of a contentious new collective bargaining law. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has accused Republ...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Jon Stewart | Libyan Air Strike | Budget Crisis Video | MediaiteJon Stewart On Libyan Strike Amid Budget Crisis: ‘You Can’t Fire TeachersAnd Tomahawk Missiles’» 1 commentby Colby Hall | 9:40 am, Ma...

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teamsternation.blogspot.com - Teamsters rally in Madison in February.The City of Richmond, Calif., passed a tremendous resolution supporting Wisconsin's workers. The resolution also condemned the income inequality stemming from...

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chippewa.com - MADISON — When voters choose a Supreme Court justice April 5, everything from the future of collective bargaining powers to control of state government could be at stake. David Prosser a member of ...

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theatlanticwire.com - It's very near the 100 year anniversary of an important event you've forgotten the details about--or maybe never even knew happened. But, a century after New York's Triangle Shirtwaist fire on Marc...

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centredaily.com - PITTSBURGH, March 22, 2011 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a letter to President Barack Obama on March 19, six Brazilian labor confederations expressed their solidarity with public employees in Wis...

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uppitywis.org - Tailgunner JoeScott Walker, who was happy to tout a New York Times news story a few weeks back that seemed to back his argument for de-frocking public employee unions, won't be so happy with the ne...

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democurmudgeon.blogspot.com - What should be setting off red flags in the minds of voters all over the state, is the sudden unexpected attack by Republicans directed at Judge Sumi's adult son, a strange response nothing short o...

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blog.aflcio.org - Public employees in Montana have a stronger voice today after the Montana Public Employees Association (MPEA) announced it will affiliate with the national AFL-CIO and the Montana AFL-CIO. This aff...

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teamsternation.blogspot.com - Teamsters Rally in Indiana on March 10.Mike Gillespie, business representative for Local 135 in Indianapolis, recently sat down to discuss the War on Workers with Rally Girl. Gillespie has been to ...

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wepartypatriots.com - Mar 2011 22 Canadian anti-BMI HandbillThe Bank of Montreal, which purchased M&I Bank, began its annual shareholder meeting moments ago. Union members from the United States and Canada are on hand ...

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uppitywis.org - Gov. Scott Walker likes to pattern himself after Ronald Reagan, the so-called Great Communicator, so it's a wonder that Walker appears not to have ever heard Reagan say this -- and he said it 31 ye...

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uppitywis.org - Walker is moving in the wrong direction. First, as we reported last week, Walker paid an Illionois company $1.25 million to move their address (and their 85 employees) a few miles north accross the...

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vpr.net - APGovernor Peter Shumlin greets early educators from across the state who gathered earlier this month to support legislation that would extend collective bargaining rights to childcare providers.As...

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