Wednesday afternoon, the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 50 reportedly "underutilized" schools—49 elementary schools and one public high school—in what was the largest round of school closures to ever occur in a single American city. read more
The teachers at Plaza Towers Elementary School had a 16-minute warning. As one of the most destructive tornadoes barreled towards the school, educators evacuated the older children—the fourth, fifth, and sixth graders—to a nearby church. But the younger children sought shelter within the school building, and teachers stayed with them. read more
Hundreds of low-wage employees of federal contractors walked off the job on Tuesday morning, demanding that President Obama sign legislation or an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay higher wages. The Washington, D.C., strike is led by a new campaign called Good Jobs Nation, formed earlier this month. read more
In her most recent piece for The Nation, acclaimed journalist Farai Chideya critiques the American news media's lack of diversity: "We are witnessing the resegregation of the American media." According to the American Society of News Editors survey, minority newsroom positions dropped by 5.7%. msnbc sat down with Chideya to further discuss the problems and glean some possible solutions.
How is news covered? If there are fewer people of color in newsrooms, does the nature of the news change? Chideya thinks the problem is more about the network news outlets' intentions. read more
The Justice Department (DOJ) sought a warrant in 2010 to inspect the private emails of Fox News correspondent James Rosen, according to court documents obtained by the Washington Post and which were released Monday. The department calls Rosen "an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator" to the leaking of classified materials, in its application for a search warrant, which was approved by a U.S. magistrate judge in May 2010. read more
Monday marked the conclusion of a three-day series of protests by Chicago teachers, parents, and community members against the closure of up to 54 of the city's public schools. The Chicago Board of Education will decide the fate of those "underutilized" schools on Wednesday in what could be the biggest round of closings ever for a single American school district. read more