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    Education and the U.S. Elections


    Education has not featured much in the U.S. Presidential debates, nor on the campaign trail.  Yet there are very significant differences between the candidates, and education is perhaps the most important issue facing any society's future.  And, at present, education in the U.S. is in dire...

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    Understanding the crisis: Why austerity is failing


    Five years have passed since the onset of the economic crisis in the United States and in Europe, and much of the world’s economy still remains deeply depressed. Even in regions where the economic situation has stabilized, any growth that has arisen has not been sufficient enough to supply for the i...

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    AFT and NEA grassroots-level work In addition to pouring more than $10.2 million into the campaign – more than any other union – NEA members defeated Issue 2 by hitting the streets, knocking on doors and phone banking. The Ohio Education Association (OEA), the NEA state affiliate, field...

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    World Teachers' Day reflection


    I’ve just come back from a speaking at a panel at UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day celebration. Chaired by EI’s Deputy General Secretary David Edwards, its speakers ranged from Ron Thorpe, Chair of the US’ National Board for Professional Teaching Standards through to Sofialaetica Morales, Senior adviser...

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