How they did it: Reporters enlist teachers to investigate ‘toxic schools’

Sample tubes with dust wipes (Wendy Ruderman)

Reporters at The Philadelphia Inquirer found more than 9,000 environmental problems in the city’s public schools, including mold, asbestos and lead paint, during a nine-month investigation that relied on community-based testing.


Not Throwing Your Senior a Big, Expensive Graduation Party? You’re Not Alone

Don't feel guilty if you decide not to throw a graduation party.

If you have a high school senior, right about now you’re probably experiencing two kinds of thoughts. The first is, “How did high school go by so fast?” And the second is, “Why did nobody tell me how EXPENSIVE having a senior is?”

Although we all knew graduation day was inevitable (and we’ve been preparing emotionally for it all year long), it goes unspoken how much expense is involved in graduating a high schooler, and most of us are unprepared for it. In addition to all the college prep costs like SAT/ACT tests, test prep services if needed, college tours, application fees, and college housing, orientation, and admission deposits, there are a bevy of “senior year” costs.

Who knew I’d also be paying for the actual cap and gown and honor society sashes, special events like senior lunch, senior breakfast, grad night, senior pictures, athletic banquets, graduation announcements,  and the list goes on and on and on. HASHTAG BROKE.





THIS DAY IN HISTORY March 12, 1912: Bread and Roses Strike is Successful

Singing Strike 1912 | Zinn Education Project

On March 12, 1912, most of the demands of labor unions were met in the 1912 Lawrence textile strike. This was an historic strike that united workers across many traditional barriers including language, nationality, gender, and age.

Labor leader Eugene Debs said:

The victory at Lawrence, one of the most decisive and far-reaching ever won by organized workers, demonstrated the power and invincibility of industrial unity backed by political solidarity.

While workers returned to the mills, the campaign continued to free Joseph James Ettor, Arturo Giovannitti, and Joseph Caruso who had been arrested during the strike. (They were acquitted on Nov. 26, 1912.)