Category Archives: School Reform

Voices of the 99% Radio examines local D.C. politics and news coverage

Listen to Bullet Points with Navid Nasr on Voices of 99%:  TheFightBack’s Pete Tucker joined Bullet Points with Navid Nasr on Voices of the 99% for a discussion on the Washington Post’s selective scrutinizing of politicians, as well as the paper’s education … Continue reading

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School’s Out? D.C. and NYC Teachers Talk School Closures

Listen to educators Candi Peterson, Nils DeVito and James Boutin on Voice of Russia Radio Interview by Pete Tucker, written report by Chris Lewis (@Chris_Lewis_) Washingtonians and New Yorkers, be warned. If the mayor has his way, your child’s walk … Continue reading

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DC Officials Insist On Improving Schools By Closing Them

Listen to TheFightBack question Mayor Gray and Chancellor Henderson: “We are going to have to consolidate the number of schools that we educate our children in,” Mayor Vincent Gray said Wednesday at a press conference introducing D.C.’s new five year … Continue reading

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School Closure Expert Robert Bobb Is Back in Town

Listen to TheFightBack question Bobb: Former City Administrator and D.C. School Board president Robert Bobb is back in town. Actually, he never left. “I just commuted back and forth for two years. I never left [D.C.],” Bobb said after a … Continue reading

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School Officials Use Force and Police to Thwart Student Walkout

Listen to town hall, beginning with Principal Batenga “I will not discuss the suspensions in this forum,” Northwestern High School Principal Edgar Batenga said Monday evening at a town hall at the Hyattsville school. Batenga gave five-day suspensions to four students, … Continue reading

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Occupy the DOE

Listen to TheFightBack’s March 3 show: “You’re going to have a generation of young people enslaved to the credit card industry, enslaved to the student debt industry,” Justin Butler, a student at George Washington University Law School, said as he marched … Continue reading

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If Walmart Sells Cheerleading Outfits, D.C. Officials Won’t Have To Go Far

Listen to Michael Wilson: “We don’t feel like D.C. should trust Walmart’s track record to build the future of this city,” Respect DC organizer Mike Wilson said Saturday morning. He spoke with TheFightBack in the lobby of Northwest One Public Library, just … Continue reading

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TheFightBack, Jan. 21: Tuskegee Airmen, Gulf Coast Oil Spill, and DCPS Cheating Scandal

Listen to full show: This weekend, a movie about the Tuskegee Airmen is premiering at 2,500 theaters across the country. “Red Tails,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr., highlights the African American pilots who fought in World War II. Tonight, we’ll hear from … Continue reading

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Was Trayon White Arrested for Standing Up for his Constituents?

LISTEN TO TRAYON WHITE: “How am I unauthorized [to be here]?” Ward 8 School Board member Trayon White asked while standing at the Woodland Terrace Public Housing Project, which resides in the ward he’s elected to represent. White spoke with … Continue reading

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Silencing Dissent: WTU VP Candi Peterson’s Removal From Office

LISTEN TO THE FULL 40-MINUTE INTERVIEW WITH CANDI PETERSON HERE: download mp3 Seven months after the membership of the Washington Teachers’ Union elected Candi Peterson general vice president, she was unceremoniously, and possibly illegally, removed from office at the behest … Continue reading

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