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The Perfect Storm: UK Austerity Measures and Reforms Undermine Educational Equality Service

Early childhood class taught in the corridor of a school in Coventry because there is no money to repair damaged classrooms © Reporters, 2011

‘Academy schools’ policy reduces equality The limiting of educational equality by cuts to national budget and educational support projects is further compounded by misguided educational reform. The rapid expansion of existing Academy schools - already to over 1,500 in England, representing c.6% of schools - forms the corn...

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Why does the World Bank hate teachers?


In an insulting, biased, and ignorant blog, Shanta Devarajan, World Bank Chief Economist for Africa, blames teachers for Africa's educational problems.  He points to teacher "absenteeism, neglect, and ignorance" as the culprits of low levels of student learning.  Moreover, Mr. Devarajan argues that teachers, in the for...

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The largest American union strike in 25 years: Chicago's teachers take a stand


As many as 6.000 teachers are facing potential dismissal due to a recent education reforms that were passed in the Chicago, a state which houses the third largest public school district in the country; Chicagoan teachers’ jobs will now be subject to an evaluation based on their students’ standardized test scores. This among ...

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