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When Rich Families Fundraise

By Neal Morton/The Hechinger Report

In 2013, families at a Seattle high school raked in more than $100,000 for a raffle to win a Tesla Model S.

The year before, the parent teacher association at Garfield High cleared $40,000 in raffle tickets for a Nissan Leaf. Other schools in this tech-boom city rely on lavish galas to raise as much as $422,000 in a single night, and some spend almost as much as they haul in.

During the pandemic, parents at the John Stanford International School spent $249,999 - one dollar less than the school district allows before the board steps in to review such spending - on teaching assistants for a dual language program. This year, the Green Lake Parent Teacher Association paid about half that much to cover the cost of the elementary school's vocal teacher and a portion of a full-time counselor's salary, among other supports for students.

Meanwhile, on the city's South End, parents at Rising Star Elementary celebrate when they can cobble together even $300.

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Posted on June 16, 2021

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Posted on November 3, 2020

Judge Certifies Class Action Lawsuit Against IDOC

By The Uptown People's Law Center
Illinois prison conditions "stark and horrific," "far below the standards of other state prison systems."

Posted on June 15, 2021

Little Village Car Wash Workers Win 9-Year Fight

By Arise Chicago
More than a quarter-million dollars finally recovered.

Posted on June 1, 2021

European Plan To Unify Corporate Tax Rules And Recoup Billions Faces Steep Hurdles

By Scilla Alecci/International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
The European Commission's latest attempt to tackle corporate tax dodging and profit shifting would require unanimous approval by EU member states, some of which serve as tax havens.

Posted on May 27, 2021

Another Tax Loophole That's Making The Rich Even Richer

By Robert Reich
At stake: more than $40 billion annually.

Posted on May 25, 2021

How The Federal Reserve Is Making The Rich Richer - And Not So Much Everybody Else

By Allan Sloan and Cezary Podkul/ProPublica
The Fed has accelerated the decades-long increase in economic inequality by helping increase the wealth of people at the top far more than it has increased the wealth of working-class Americans.

Posted on April 27, 2021

Another Win For Big Soda

By Samantha Young/Kaiser Health News
Soda taxes work. So does soda company spending to stop them.

Posted on April 21, 2021

They Do Run Run

By David Rutter
Jim Oberweis, meet Lars Daly.

Posted on April 20, 2021

As Elite College Applications Soar, Legacy Admissions Still Give Wealthy And Connected Students An Edge

By Liz Willen/The Hechinger Report
As many as 33 percent of admitted Harvard students in recent years were legacies.

Posted on March 20, 2021

Illinois Prisoners' Health Care Still Unconstitutional

By The Uptown People's Law Center
Five reports by independent experts have now been submitted to the federal court, each one finding serious defects in the health care Illinois provides to the people it imprisons. The latest report notes very little has changed since IDOC entered into an agreement to improve two years ago. The federal monitor suggests that the crisis needs the governor's personal attention, a call shared by the lawyers for the prisoners.

Posted on March 31, 2021

Thank Trump For Your Stimulus Check

By David Rutter
Here's why.

Posted on March 12, 2021

Like The Diana Story, Meghan's Fight With The Royals Will Ensure Nothing Really Changes

By Jonathan Cook/Common Dreams
Oprah Winfrey's interview with Meghan and Harry is a perfect case study of how an important political debate about the corrupting role of the monarchy on British life gets shunted aside yet again, not just by the endless Royal soap opera but by supposedly progressive identity politics.

Posted on March 11, 2021

Adam Kinzinger Is No Friend Of Mine

By David Rutter
Skunks still stink underneath the deodorant.

Posted on March 2, 2021

Smithfield's Pork PR Scam

By Tyler Lobdell/OtherWords
One of their most aggressive clean image initiatives is literally made of massive leaky lagoons of pig manure.

Posted on February 25, 2021

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