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As administrators declare there's no alternative to austerity and corporatization in higher ed, student Occupyers fight back.

Teacher in a classroom

Hit by the double whammy of poverty and austerity, a West Oakland school that once served children well is struggling.

COLLEGE FINALIST: The range of options that my generation has to choose from has been whittled to a handful of bad ones. I am coming of age not in the land of the free, but in the land of the dependent.

HIGH SCHOOL FINALIST: We cannot invest more in education without making appropriate policy changes. 

COLLEGE FINALIST: My generation must take on the task of building strong community economies and reestablishing collective wealth for all people. 

HIGH SCHOOL FINALIST: Suddenly, my opinion of a record I had been listening to for over eight years was turned on its head.

COLLGE FINALIST: There’s still time to face up to the issues we stand to inherit, and our generation has the modern means to do it. Whether we can muster the will—well, that’s entirely up to us.

HIGH SCHOOL FINALIST: A Black face in my high school would become as foreign as a repressed memory that everyone just seemed to forget existed.  

COLLEGE FINALIST: The inability for people to live in the present may become increasingly dangerous as it continues to become more socially acceptable.

HIGH SCHOOL WINNER: A graduating high school senior reflects on her generation's embattled future—and its dwindling access to quality education.

Blogs

Tufts University declines to divest and students respond.

March 5, 2014

A narrow decision on charter school co-locations has charter proponents howling—but is their outrage overblown?

March 5, 2014

Until now, most Jewish college students assumed that open dialogue on Israel was a taboo topic in Hillel—Swarthmore debunked that myth.

February 27, 2014

This past weekend, the two highest university bodies on investor action met to formally discuss the possibility of Yale’s divestment from fossil fuels.

February 27, 2014

Across the country, the last two weeks have seen major student protests against racism and austerity.

February 26, 2014

We know what a progressive thinks about living wages and police stops. But what’s the progressive position on school cancellations?

February 13, 2014

There are thirty-three black students in the UCLA School of Law student body of 1,100.

February 13, 2014

From Raleigh to Olympia, students mobilize for worker justice, prison abolition and educational equity.

February 10, 2014

Students are asking Columbia to disclose sexual assault statistics and make the process easier for survivors.

February 10, 2014

When a winter storm gridlocked Georgia, teachers and school employees proved their worth.

February 5, 2014