From May Day to Testing Day: Puerto Rico’s Teachers Battle for the Schools Their Students Deserve

On May Day, thousands of Puerto Rican teachers, parents, and students launched strikes and boycotts to push back against austerity measures that would close nearly 300 schools, lay off 7,000 teachers, convert public schools into privatized charters, and cut public sector pensions. I spoke with Mercedes Martinez, President of Teachers Federation of Puerto Rico, about …

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Teachers and Parents of Puerto Rico Launch Historic Strike & Boycott against Standardized Testing: “We want a just, equitable world for our children.”

Today, my third grade son is supposed to take the Common Core high-stakes test, "Smarter Balanced," at his school here in Seattle. He decided, however, that he would rather do a research project about a leader who has helped to make the world better. So my wife and I are writing the opt out letter …

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Puerto Rican Teachers’ May Day Strike Brutalized By Police: “We resisted. We will prevail!”

In the spirit of May Day, International Workers Day, the unionized educators of Puerto Rico went out on strike against mass school closures, layoffs, and the school privatization. These members of the Teachers Federation of Puerto Rico were joined by students and community members, as a sea of tens of thousands of people wearing red …

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Police Attack Protesting Puerto Rican Teachers: Solidarity Against Disaster Capitalist Schooling

Thousands of teachers have been striking and protesting for school funding around the U.S.—from West Virginia to Oklahoma to Kentucky and Arizona and beyond. But many people are unaware of the ongoing struggles of the Puerto Rican educators. At the end of last week, police pepper sprayed members of the Puerto Rican teachers union (FMPR) …

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