Viewpoints

The New York State constitutional convention is sometimes affectionately referred to as a “Con-Con.” But public-sector unions know that it’s actually just a plain old con job.
There’s a vote this fall on whether the state should hold a constitutional convention. Unions say “no,” in order to protect workers’ rights and public education.

An associate professor at the University of Puerto Rico discusses how austerity measures implemented by an autocratic body hurt higher education.

Climate justice | June/July 2017

President Trump has reversed hard-fought environmental progress with executive orders and pulling out of the Paris climate accord. An environmental sciences professors sees that there's some hope in the resistance to these policies, with a group o states pledging to uphold the Paris agreement.

Five distinguished professors at CUNY defend the right of Linda Sarsour, one of the main organizers of this year's Women's March, to speak at a CUNY commencement. Right-wing activists had pushed CUNY officials to rescind the offer to have Sarsour speak because of her critique of Israeli policies and leaders.

An urban studies professor analyzes current and possible health care policy. With increased focus on this crucial issue, there may be opening to pass a single-payer program in New York state.

This Spring the Hungarian government rushed in legislation that would curb how foreign universities operate on the country's soil. The legislation targeted the Central European University, which has been a part of rebuilding civil society after the breakdown of authoritarian, communist regimes in the region.

An executive member of the union at Long Island University reflects on the organizing during the faculty lockout and ongoing negotiations with a management reluctant to negotiate in good faith.

There has never been a better moment for the State Legislature to fight for investment in quality, affordable, public higher education. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed Excelsior Scholarship, though flawed, has reaffirmed the value of CUNY and SUNY and made “free tuition” for many a realistic policy goal.

The fate of the so-called millionaires’ tax, a multibillion dollar revenue generator for the state, was unknown, as the details of the New York State budget were being finalized by state lawmakers.

The controversial secretary of education and her agenda is ripe for resistance.