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NC budget puts GOP stamp on schools, universities

North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders are putting their free-enterprise stamp on public school and college education, the biggest chunk of this year's $20.6 billion state budget. Full story

Column: Detroit's 'Golden Years' a distant memory

One of my earliest memories of growing up in Detroit is the first night the city burned during the 1967 riots. I was 5 years old, standing with my grandmother outside our clapboard home as the Michigan National Guard rolled down Warren Avenue. Full story

The fight to block school closures is on

Ed recaps the Republicans' continuing attack on public education, from George W. Bush to Chris Christie, and finishes with the insight and bravery of the 9-year-old who stood up to the Mayor of Chicago over the closure of his school. Student and protester Asean Johnson joins Ed live at the Essence F Full story

‘ED Show’ guest list: Saturday, July 6

The Republican crusade to destroy public education never stops. Even some Democrats are trying to close public schools. But today at a special time of Noon ET, Ed Schultz fights back with Asean Johnson, the extraordinary 9-year-old who stood up to the Mayor of Chicago over the closure of his school. Full story

Charter schools offer scant edge over neighborhood schools: study

(Reuters) - Charter schools across the United States have improved in recent years, but on average, they still offer little advantage over traditional public education, according to a new study released on Tuesday. Full story

What can be done about school closures?

   The Melissa Harris-Perry panelists talk about solutions for school closures in cities like Chicago and Philadelphia.

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  Chicago school closings largest ever

After months of heated argument Chicago’s school board has decided to close 49-elementary school and one high school—The biggest mass public school closing ever in this country. Now thousands of families are looking at the prospect of sending small children out of their neighborhoods to unfamiliar s

  Emanuel closes 50 public schools, announces $55 million basketball stadium in Chicago

Chris Hayes talks to Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union and Pedro Noguera, New York University education professor, about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's decision to close 50 public schools.

  Outrage at Chicago school board decision to close 50 schools

In the biggest mass public school closing in U.S. history, the Chicago Board of Education is closing schools they say are under-used. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

  Harris-Perry: ‘We need to invest more’ in public education

Reason Magazine editor Matt Welch, Maya Wiley of the Center for Social Inclusion, Sheena Wright, president of United Way of New York City, and Michigan State University professor Lisa Cook talk about the role of public education in children’s lives.

  Doubling down: The case for community

Who knew that saying “Kids belong to whole communities” to ensure a quality education would draw such criticism? Host Melissa Harris-Perry responds to the uproar surrounding her "Lean Forward" promo spot.

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