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Charter Schools Break the Rules and Don't Seem to Care

Alan Singer | Posted 06.16.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Three recent stories about Charter Schools and the school deform movement should make readers ask, "Is this what they mean by school reform?"

Trying to Educate the Education Reformers, Without Success

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.20.2016 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Campbell Brown mistakenly said that 2/3 of American students were "below grade level." What the national test calls "proficiency" is equivalent to an A. No one expects the majority of students to score an A; if they did, we would call it grade inflation.

A Living Wage Can Restore the American Dream

Fred Lundgren | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

The need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage should be a primary topic of discussion in every freshman economics class because living wages are...

10 Things to Consider When Walmart Attempts to Take Over Your Town.

Roxie Jane Hunt | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Roxie Jane Hunt

Edward Hejtmanek, environmentalist, radically peaceful small business owner and angry neighbor of South Fayetteville's new Walmart Neighborhood Market, wants you to prepare yourself and your town for the threat of a Walmart takeover by considering these 10 questions.

Social Justice Quiz 2015: Inequality

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

In 1990, 20 percent of all children in the US lived in poverty. What percent of the children in the US live in poverty today?

Bleak Friday

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 01.28.2015 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

Political economist Gordon Lafer offers some "Bleak Friday" predictions about the corporate agenda for public education.

On Black Friday, Americans Confront the Walmart 1 Percent: Pay Employees a Living Wage

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

This year the day after Thanksgiving will be remembered not as the biggest shopping day of the year but as the day Americans took action to demand that Walmart, the country's largest employer, pay workers livable wages and play a part in improving our economy.

Walmart Needs to Show More Thanks for Its Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday where family and friends gather together and express gratitude for everything in their lives. But those who work at Walmart have little to be thankful for, at least when it comes to their employment.

How Rich Are the 400 Richest Americans and How Do They Use Their Money?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.27.2014 | Money
Lawrence Wittner

Not surprisingly, economic inequality is growing in the United States. From 1978 to 2013, CEO compensation, inflation-adjusted, grew by 937 percent, while the typical worker's compensation over that same period grew by only 10 percent.

Stop Protecting Walmart, Raise Workers' Wages

Michael Stewart | Posted 12.17.2014 | New York
Michael Stewart

We must do more than just call Walmart out for their truly shameful practices. Without unions or government rules, companies like Walmart will never do the right thing.

The Walmart Wealth Gap Is Getting Much More Troubling

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business

This may be the starkest example of the widening income gap yet. In order to equal the $145 billion fortune of the six wealthiest Walmart heirs, yo...

Here Is The Richest Person In Each State

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business

Looking to borrow some money? We've found you the best person to go to in each state. The interactive map below from the real estate blog Movoto sh...

How Walmart's Bosses Get Rich Off Welfare Abuse

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
C. Robert Gibson

Forget about the guy at the grocery store using food stamps to buy lobster. Walmart, the world's largest retail company, is even more dependent on government welfare so it can make jaw-droppingly obscene profits.

Walmart's Founding Family Could Literally Buy Every Home In Seattle

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 06.06.2014 | Business

Walmart’s founding family could afford to buy every home in Seattle. Literally. The Walton family's combined wealth of $154.8 billion is enough t...

Web Extra: Public Schools for Sale?

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In this video, Diane Ravitch and I talk about the problem with charter schools being run by billionaires, celebrities and individuals with no experience in education; the fact that taxpayers are increasingly funding religious schools and why hedge-fund managers see education as an emerging market.

The Truth Behind Walmart's Green Claims

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 06.01.2014 | Green
Stacy Mitchell

Walmart wants to be seen as leader on the environment, even though it refuses to invest in sustainability beyond what pure profit-maximizing would entail.

American Workers: From Bounty to Bleakness

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

This Thanksgiving will be very different for too many American workers. They won't share in the bounty they helped create.

The 10 Richest Divorcés In The U.S.

Posted 09.17.2013 | Divorce

This week, Forbes magazine released their annual list, of the 400 richest people in America, and we couldn't help but notice that it was chock full of...

Supersize Those Wages, McDonald's

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.12.2013 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Last month, McDonald's gave its workers a little gift -- a budget purporting to show how to survive on the starvation wages the burger behemoth pays. The bizarre financial plan made millionaire McDonald's CEO Don Thompson look like a real clown.

PHOTOS: A Vintage Look Inside The Walmart Family's House

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 07.09.2013 | HuffPost Home

Even back then, it wasn't quite what we expected from a family with a vast fortune.

Walmart PAC's Political Spending Revealed

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.18.2013 | Business

Walmart's PAC and the heirs to the company's fortune are spending millions to influence the political process -- and their money is often going to boo...

Minimum Wage Raise Essential to Fix Our Economy

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.19.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

It is the nature of our current economic system that things will concentrate into fewer and fewer hands. When you let the ones with more money win the game and set the rules it is inevitable that they will increasingly set the rules to they always win the game.

Inheritance Taxes Need to Be Raised Substantially

Allan Brawley | Posted 02.09.2013 | Money
Allan Brawley

It is noteworthy that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans are proposing increases in the estate tax. As always, the latter are putting forth their usual lame arguments for lowering or eliminating it.

The Super-Rich Are Panicking Over The Fiscal Cliff

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.20.2012 | Business

Now Arriving By Email: If you'd like this newsletter delivered daily to your email inbox, then please just feed your email address to the thin box ove...

Shopping for Your Hate: Election 2012

David Beem | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
David Beem

The part of the class warfare crisis that should alarm us all is the sure knowledge of what happens when you corner a desperate person who only wants to live.