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Charter school backers have outspent teachers in 2 major races | 89.3 KPCC

Charter school backers have outspent teachers in 2 major races | 89.3 KPCC:

Charter school backers have outspent teachers in 2 major races

Charter school advocates are far outpacing teachers unions in spending to support candidates for California governor and state schools chief.
Wealthy donors who support charter schools and education reform have poured more than $22 million into independent committees to support former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for governor and former schools executive Marshall Tuck for state schools chief.
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Teachers unions have dropped about $4 million on committees to back Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for governor and Tony Thurmond for superintendent.
All four men are Democrats who want more money for public schools. But they differ on state officials' role in improving schools and how to handle nonprofit charter schools. Charter schools are publicly funded but typically run independently of the traditional public school system.Charter school backers have outspent teachers in 2 major races | 89.3 KPCC:
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A moral imperative: Ending poverty – Randi Weingarten – Medium

A moral imperative: Ending poverty – Randi Weingarten – Medium:
A moral imperative: Ending poverty
Fifty years since the launch of the Poor People’s Campaign by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 43 million Americans remain in the grips of poverty and 140 million Americans are considered low-income. The number of families living on $2 per person, per day — yes, $2 per day — has grown to 1.5 million American households, including 3 million children.
Think about that: Going years without seeing a dentist. Going to school in dirty clothes. Cleaning soiled diapers in order to reuse them. Selling plasma to buy food. Never having enough food.
I don’t know if President Trump thinks about that, in between his seemingly endless self-congratulatory tweets about his stewardship of the economy. It is true that the U.S. economy has generated immense wealth over the last half-century for those at the top of the economic ladder.
Against the backdrop of soaring economic inequality, a new campaign to protest policies that keep people in poverty has been revived. The new “Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival” was launched last week in state capitals and Washington, D.C., to demand federal and state living wage laws, investment and equity in education, protection of the right to vote, affordable high-quality healthcare and an end to mass incarceration.
The Rev. William Barber II, the founder of the Moral Mondays movement, has mapped a path to bring about this “moral revival” that includes policy demands, voter registration and civil disobedience.
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While poverty disproportionately affects people of color, numerically, there are more white Americans in poverty than any other race or ethnic group. The new Poor People’s Campaign builds on the Moral Mondays movement that mobilized across racial lines, finding the common ground of the disenfranchised. This is more important than ever, given the rising polarization in the age of Trump.
The United Nations recently conducted a report that revealed a bleak picture of the extreme poverty in the United States, documenting the terrible circumstances endured by the poor — from unsafe sewage and sanitary conditions, to chronic homelessness, to criminalization and harassment just for being poor. The report concluded that, particularly in a rich country like the United States, “the persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power,” and that “with political will, it could be readily eliminated.”

Compare the political choices made by President Lyndon Johnson, whose War on Poverty enacted anti-poverty, health, education and employment policies and civil rights legislation, with the policies promoted by President Trump. Take the recent GOP tax bill, which is the biggest transfer of wealth to the rich in decades. The wealthiest 1 percent receives 83 percent of the benefits. The tax plan will increase the deficit to nearly $1 trillion in fiscal 2019, and the GOP is already using the skyrocketing deficit as an excuse to make deep cutsto Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, student aid, food and housing assistance, and other programs the neediest Americans depend on.
A recent AFT-Democracy Corps poll found that most respondents have not Continue reading: A moral imperative: Ending poverty – Randi Weingarten – Medium: