Magazine article Radical Teacher

Education and Activism

Magazine article Radical Teacher

Education and Activism

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On October 1, 2008, at a Chicago Cubs game in Chicago, a group of over 1,500 students, parents, teachers, and activists were protesting outside the stadium for state educational reforms. The rally was the latest in a six-year effort lead by State Senator James L. Meeks to force Illinois lawmakers to address "the disparity between dollars spent per child in wealthy suburban Chicago and the dollars spent in the inner city and downstate" (In These Times, December 2008).

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), along with the Student Safety Coalition, recently introduced the Student Safety Act, legislation that would require quarterly reporting by the New York Police Department and the Department of Education on issues like school safety, incidents involving arrests, and suspension or expulsion of students. This legislation would also expand the jurisdiction of the Civilian Complaint Review Board to investigate allegations of misconduct filed against school safety staff (NYCLU News, Winter 2009).

Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a student group at the University of Minnesota, recently won a $25,000 award from Keen Footwear to explore ways to recycle used plastic water sachets, heavy plastic pouches which cannot be resealed after use and therefore are discarded, littering the streets and beaches of Haiti (In These Times, November 2008). …

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