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Is justice near for New Orleans teachers wrongly fired after Katrina?

August 27, 2014 - Terminated without due process in the chaos that reigned after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' unionized public schoolteachers have been fighting back in court -- and winning. After victories in district and appeals courts, they head to the Louisiana Supreme Court next week. Meanwhile, teachers in the charter schools that now control the city's public education system are beginning to unionize.

In North Carolina, full speed in reverse

January 30, 2013 - The legislative session that starts today promises to bring big changes to North Carolina as the leaders of the once-progressive state seek to slash unemployment insurance, create a more regressive tax code, impose voter ID requirements, increase private control of public schools, and enshrine right-to-work in the state constitution.

Preaching Koch Brothers gospel on public education

September 17, 2012 - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his administration's school leaders have come perilously close to sounding like one of those Mississippi legislators back in 1985 who dealt with a statewide teachers' strike by giving them a pay raise -- but at the cost of a provision that prevented them from ever striking again.