School Choice and the New Segregation

Posted July 29, 2014 by Diane Ravitch

The Chicago choice system works exactly as every choice system works: It segregates students by ability. “But a new WBEZ analysis shows an unintended consequence of the choice system: students of different achievement levels are being sorted into separate high
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Why African Americans Bike Less

Posted July 29, 2014 by Michael Andersen

It took a week in Copenhagen for Albus Brooks to start thinking seriously about bicycling. The Denver City Council member, 35, had never owned a bike. By the time he headed home from a study tour in Denmark last month,
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2/3 Vote Could Doom SF Soda Tax

Posted July 28, 2014 by

San Francisco and Berkeley both have soda tax measures on the November ballot. But backers have chosen different strategies. San Francisco’s measure requires a 2/3 vote because it directs the $35-54 million in annual tax revenue for specific purposes —such
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Amazon Pricing Drives Me Bot-ty

Posted July 28, 2014 by

Steven Colbert is mad at Amazon. And so am I. My gripe has nothing to do with Amazon seeking to recover 50% of e-book sales rather than 30% from Hachette, the nation’s fourth largest publisher. That struggle has already gotten
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Climate Campaign Tipping Point? Unions Get on Board

Posted July 28, 2014 by Jenny Brown

A major climate change march in New York September 21 may be a tipping point for labor movement participation in global warming activism. Climate initiatives are still controversial in the labor movement. But dozens of unions in New York, jarred
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Scapegoating the Poor

Posted July 25, 2014 by Lizzie Buchen

Earlier this month, 46-year-old Debra Harrell, a single mother, was arrested and jailed for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to play at a park unsupervised while Harrell worked her shift at a nearby McDonalds. She was released from jail after posting
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