Monthly Archives: May 2015

Religion Permeates Escondido’s Charter Schools

By Rick Mercurio    Escondido’s largest charter schools embrace—some would say promote–Christianity, despite their status as taxpayer-funded public schools. Reported practices at Classical Academy and Dennis Snyder’s charter schools run counter to the Bill of Rights, which is a sad … Continue reading

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The Capitalist Takeover of Higher Education

by Robert Abele The great under-reported crime against education by corporate America is not the buying and selling of schools by for-profit corporations; that this is a significant threat to education is indubitable and well-documented. But the little-discussed threat to … Continue reading

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Voices from the Lighthouse – Unaccompanied Minors Find Trouble in Mexico

By Don Greene In 2014, the United States saw an influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America’s Northern Triangle – Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. In 2014, according to US Customs and Border Patrol (USCBP) there was a record of … Continue reading

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What to do about Water?

By Don Greene Note: This is a two-part series that Alianza North County will run to discuss the serious conditions of our region’s water supply and how our municipalities are dealing with the crisis. In the first part we look … Continue reading

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From the Editors – Baja California Berry Strike & Boycott

On March 17, 2015, some 50,000, farm workers in San Quintín, Baja California Norte, walked out on strike for higher wages, shorter hours, and safer working conditions. They are represented by Alliance of National, State and Municipal Organizations for Social … Continue reading

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“A is for Adjunct” : Part-Time Faculty Are Crucial to Student Success

by George Gastil This month Governor Brown will submit an updated version of his proposed state budget.  Many of us are pushing the governor to take this opportunity to show support for part-time community college faculty and the students we … Continue reading

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Faith’s Corner – Words

By Faith J. Conklin An office has an answering machine. It instructs callers to leave their name and address, and asks them to spell any difficult words. One Monday morning an assistant was reviewing the weekend messages. An enthusiastic woman recited … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Sage

Max Disposti | North County Update A month ago, a North County teen who went by the name of Sage, took his life. Sage was one of us and was one of the many LGBTQIA teens that frequents the North County … Continue reading

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Heritage Charters, Then and Now: Same Old Story

Following is a letter written to the Escondido Union School Board prior to the vote approving the charter for Heritage Digital Charter School. The school is now occupying space in a former branch library. Both the closure of the library … Continue reading

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Dolores Huerta: Valiant Warrior for Human Rights

by Nina Deerfield and Marco Lopez Rare, and powerful indeed, is the woman to whom the most powerful man in the world apologizes. The story goes that at a White House event honoring her some years ago, President Obama somewhat … Continue reading

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