Bill Resnick talks with local education activist Hyung Nam about high stakes testing in US schools. Hyung talks about how he was threatened with firing from Wilson High School for asking critical questions about high stakes testing, but also for raising other critical questions about teacher's academic freedom. Hyung explains how business interests are driving "education reform" to turn education into a business. This is happening, he says, in the broader context of capitalism's perpetual crisis (stagnating wages, recessions, collapsing tax bases, etc.), which is transfered to the sphere of education in terms of greedy or lazy teachers. 20:17 minutes (18.57 MB)
The teachers at Portland State University face a possible strike by early April, after declaring impasse in their negotiations with the university administration last week.
Thursday Feb. 27, over 600 P.S.U. students walked out of their classes to support the Portland State chapter of the American Association of University Professors, who held a rally on the P.S.U. Park Blocks at noon. The teachers’ union has been bargaining with the P.S.U. administration for a new contract for 11 months.
The A.A.U.P - PSU also filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Oregon Employment Relations Board. 4:05 minutes (3.74 MB)
When Portland police swept in to close off the street around a hip hop concert Saturday night, one of the artists stepped off the stage and decided not to perform.
Concerns around police intimidation have been a long-standing issue in Portland’s black community, and the incident on Saturday raised a number of questions.
Some local hip hop artists question the motives behind police activities at hip-hop events.
The Portland rapper ILLMACULATE made the decision to NOT perform in protest of the gang task enforcement presence at the event.
He spoke with KBOO’s Sekoynia Wright this afternoon. 4:20 minutes (3.97 MB)
Tay "Firefly" Fisher has been with the world famous Harlem Globetrotters for five years. In this conversation with Don Merrill, he talks about how the team of basketball professionals is also a tight knit family, how they are standing on the shoulders of giants like Curly Neal and Meadowlark Lemon, and why they decided to let the fans decide how they'll play the game for the second year in a row.
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