Not All IDEAS are Good Ideas: Labor and the Community Turn Defeat into Victory in the Struggle Against IDEA Charter Schools in Austin

This article was written by SOCM Social Justice Committee (SJC) Co-Chair Travis Donoho. Before moving to Knoxville last year, he worked as an organizer for the teachers union Education Austin (in Austin, Texas). Here he tells the story of his union’s successful campaign to stop the charter takeover of a…

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April & May SJC Update

By Dylan Ross, Social Justice Committee Chair The past month has been very busy, productive, and exciting for SOCM’s Social Justice Committee (SJC). On April 30, as the result of work by the SJC and coalition partners, the Nashville Metropolitan Board of Education passed a resolution to adopt and implement the…

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Groups Collaborate in Support of Nashville Charter School Accountability Standards

By Cathie Bird SOCM is joining with the Metro Nashville Education Association (MNEA), Tennessee Education Report, Tennesseans Reclaiming Education Excellence (TREE), and other community allies to support the schools Nashville students deserve! Charter schools (privately operated, but publicly funded K-12 schools) are currently not held to the same standards as traditional public schools. This…

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Compass 2015: A Movement Organizing Conference in Nashville, February 5th and 6th

This coming weekend, the Tennessee Alliance for Progress will host a movement organizer and leadership conference to foster active solidarity amongst Tennessee organizers. The conference sessions will provide learning experiences around emerging themes in organizing including new economies, healing justice and culture, and movements. The conference is open to and…

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