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State Cuts to Education Funding Demonstrate Impact of National, Far-Right Tax-Slashing Agenda

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"The recent report about 4-day school weeks in Oklahoma provides the textbook example of the political phenomenon described by Gordon Lafer in "The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time." 11 state governments switched from Democratic or divided control to GOP control of the governorship and both houses of the legislature. Since they took office in early 2011 the US has seen an unprecedented wave of legislation aimed at lowering labor standards and slashing public services:“Political science traditionally views policy initiatives as emerging from either reasoned evaluation of what has worked to address a given social problem, or a strategic response to public opinion. But the corporate agenda for education reform is neither. Its initiatives are not the product of education scholars and often have little or no evidentiary basis to support them." 

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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