Jesse Hagopian on Seattle vs. Education ‘Reform,’ Rachel Meeropol on Justice for 9/11 Detainees


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Seattle Education Association banner (photo: Seattle Education 2010)This week on CounterSpin: Corporate education “reform,” with its focus on high-stakes testing, charter schools and teachers unions as the cause of whatever ails, is popular with Big Media. What must they think of Seattle, where teachers have just held what looks like a successful strike, 100 percent of one high school class just opted out of the standardized test, and the state Supreme Court just declared charters unconstitutional for diverting public funds to private organizations that aren’t subject to local voter control? We’ll hear from Seattle high school teacher Jesse Hagopian, associate editor at Rethinking Schools.

Turkmen v. Ashcroft (graphic: CCR)Also on the show: Any reckoning of the devastating toll of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, must include not only the lives lost that day and the many more lost in the seemingly unending “war on terror” unleashed in its wake. The harms also include those inflicted on Muslim, Mideastern and South Asian people in the US who became targets of detention and abuse. A legal case called Turkmen v. Ashcroft seeks justice for some of those people. We’ll get an update from lead counsel Rachel Meeropol, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights.

And first we take a look back at recent press.


  • Turkmen v. Ashcroft, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • “Seattle Educators on Strike!: Walking the Picket Line, Day One,” by Jesse Hagopian (I Am an Educator, 9/10/15)


This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission from FAIR.