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We Live To Fight Another Day: Winners and Losers of the Week

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In our regular weekly feature, we take a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Remarks for AFL-CIO/AFT Career and Technical Education Summit

Vice President Joe Biden via Wikimedia Commons, David Lienemann - White House (V011013DL-0556)

Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address at next week’s AFL-CIO/AFT Summit on Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Reconnecting McDowell Set to Build Housing to Attract Teachers

Reconnecting McDowell Set to Build Housing to Attract Teachers

In 2011, AFT spearheaded the launch of Reconnecting McDowell, an unprecedented public-private partnership to improve educational opportunity and address complex social and economic problems in the community of McDowell County, W.Va. Now in an effort to help attract teachers to this central Appalachia community, Reconnecting McDowell will construct a new housing development in the town of Welch.

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116 Win Union Plus Scholarships

116 Win Union Plus Scholarships

The 2014 Union Plus Scholarship program has awarded 116 union members and union family members $150,000 in higher education scholarships, ranging from $500 to $4,000. Click here to see the scholarship winners and their unions.

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Help Randi Weingarten Make the Case for Due Process for Teachers

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At the U.S. News and World Report’s Debate ClubAFT President Randi Weingarten makes a very clear case for why all teachers need strong due-process protections, most notably to allow them the flexibility to innovate and discover new and exciting ways to reach their students. In sharp contrast to the arguments made by corporate-education proponents such as Michelle Rhee (who is also featured in the Debate Club), Weingarten highlights why due-process rights for teachers are beneficial to students and the communities they live in.

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California Ruling Ignores Real Factors Behind School Performance

Earlier this week in a suit financed and backed by corporate and wealthy benefactors—including those with investments in charter schools and educational technology—a California judge ruled that the state’s teacher tenure and seniority-based layoff statues were unconstitutional.

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Moral Monday’s Focus on Education Gets Lawmaker’s Attention

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More than 1,000 North Carolinians called on the state legislature to restore funding for public school students’ education and to back off its attack on teachers’ rights and its support of school privatization in a Moral Monday rally at the state Capitol in Raleigh.

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5 Ways Poor Students Benefit from Increased School Spending (According to Actual Research)

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The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) released a working paper this week that shows there are significant benefits for poor students as a result of increased school spending. NBER is a private, nonpartisan research outfit, and while their research shows that increased school spending has little affect on wealthier students, there are a wealth of ways poor students benefit from more money being spent on public education.

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60 Years After Brown

Last weekend marked the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in the five related cases known as Oliver Brown et. al. v. the Board of Education of Topeka.  It struck down the principal that segregation was legal under the Constitution and was the crowning intellectual achievement of the Howard University Law School.

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