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West Virginia teachers unions ram through sell-out deal to end strike.

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Dale Lee (second from left), Christine Campbell (third from left) and school support staff union president Joe White smile and applaud as governor Justice signs bill.

The agreement, which the unions endorsed and are claiming as a victory, is a betrayal of the courageous struggle by 33,000 school workers.

Will Morrow, World Socialist Website

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7 March 2018 | On Tuesday afternoon, billionaire West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed into law a bipartisan agreement announced earlier in the day by legislators to end the nine-day strike by teachers and other public school employees across the state.

The agreement, which the unions endorsed and are claiming as a victory, is a betrayal of the courageous struggle by 33,000 school workers.

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America's Mass Incarceration Crisis Begins in Its Schools

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  • We spoke with Anna Deavere Smith about Parkland, the school-to-prison pipeline, and her new HBO film, 'Notes from the Field.'
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Naveen Kumar, Vice

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Mar 1 2018 | When Anna Deavere Smith first started using the “documentary theatre” style of performance she pioneered—for which she interviews hundreds of people surrounding a particular subject and acts out excerpts from the transcripts—she trained her focus on riots that erupted from racial tensions in Brooklyn (Fires in the Mirror) and LA (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992).

More than 25 years later, the Pulitzer finalist and Tony nominee is a staple of drama curriculums, and America’s racial divide is as fraught as ever.

Naveen Kumar, Freelance Writer and Editor

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How America Outlawed Adolescence, Amanda Ripley, the Atlantic

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  • At least 22 states make it a crime to disturb school in ways that teenagers are wired to do. Why did this happen?
  • Related: From the Archives | Where Do We Draw the Line When It Comes to Zero Tolerance in Schools?

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A letter from a furious teacher

 

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Help us prevent this. Take away guns from people who will murder us. Stop taking money from the NRA and proving how soulless you are. Keep us safe so I can do my job. How dare you put me into constant danger so that you can be reelected.

‪Rebecca Berlin Field‬, Medium

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Feb 17, 2018 | Dear every elected official,

Nowhere in my contract does it state that if the need arises, I have to shield students from gunfire with my own body. If it did, I wouldn’t have signed it. I love my job. I love my students. I am also a mother with 2 amazing daughters. I am a wife of a wonderful man. I have a dog that I adore. I don’t want to die defending other people’s children; I want to teach kindness and responsibility…and Art History. That’s what I am supposed to do each day.

Blocking bullets? I am not supposed to do that. I imagine that if someone was trying to kill my students, that I would try to save them with all my being. I probably would jump on top of a child to save her life. And yes, I might be one of those heroic teachers that the media writes tributes to after their death. But I am furious that I would have to make this sacrifice. I am incensed that my own children would lose their mother because I chose to be a teacher.

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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action

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One Big Thing: Student Protests * Gun control walkout: Teens protest around the country by leaving schools * Right wing pundits attack student survivors of mass shooting, and Donald Trump Jr approves; * America's youth is sick of shootings. It's time to let them lead the way. * Marco Rubio almost got away with his routine. Then he met Cameron Kasky

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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February 22, 2018 |

One Big Thing: Student Protests, Countable 

2/21/2018 | Students around the country are walking out of school in response to an online call to mobilize for gun control. Hundreds of students in Broward County, FL, the location of the Parkland shooting, took to the streets, while others marched on the Florida state capitol. Large groups of students in Maryland marched towards the U.S. Capitol. At the same time, some students in Texas were told they'd be suspended if they left school. Read about the various protests and see footage of the marches.

Gun control walkout: Teens protest around the country by leaving schools, Nicole Karlis, Salon
02.21.2018From Florida to Maryland, students are rallying together in solidarity with Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivors

Right wing pundits attack student survivors of mass shooting, and Donald Trump Jr approves, Mark Sumner, Daily Kos
Tuesday Feb 20, 2018 | The students of  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have proven to be compelling when they tell the story of the mass slaughter at their school, articulate when they voice their frustration at how this problem has only gotten worse over their lifetimes, forceful in refusing to be silenced by those supposedly more powerful, and determined that those who died at their school are not going to have fallen in vain. So naturally, they’re under attack from the right.

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Therese Gachnauer, center, a 18 year old senior from Chiles High School and Kwane Gatlin, right, a 19 year old senior from Lincoln High School, join fellow students protesting gun violence on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018.(Credit: AP/Mark Wallheiser)

America's youth is sick of shootings. It's time to let them lead the way, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Guardian
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | Since Columbine, more than 150,000 primary or secondary school students have experienced a school shooting. Enough is enough.

 

Marco Rubio almost got away with his routine. Then he met Cameron Kasky, Richard Wolffe, The Guardian
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | The Florida senator is a talented politician, but he met his match in a 17-year-old who called him out over NRA cash

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Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives," Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest.

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  • Part 1: Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’.
  • “This is about us begging for our lives.”
  • Part 2: Parkland Students Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.
  • (Parkland Students') rage is so … raw it might even effect change in this sick culture.

 

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