Parents March for Charter Schools in NYC

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More than 20,000 parents, students, and educators packed into a tiny New York City park to demand access to charter schools on Thursday.

Esther Ansah arrived with her triplets out of gratitude for the success Simon, Samuel, and Naomi, have enjoyed at the Bronx Success Academy. One of the perks of having triplets is that it increases your chances of winning the city’s highly competitive charter school lottery. One of the 9-year-olds won the golden ticket in kindergarten; the academy accepted all three.

Watchdogs Slam President’s Perez Power Play

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Rumors that President Barack Obama may tap controversial Labor Secretary Tom Perez to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder are drawing fire from government and labor watchdogs.

The White House is considering naming Perez to be the nation’s top law enforcement official, according to a report published Monday by Politico. Perez, a two-time Obama appointee at the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the Department of Labor, would succeed Holder, whose tenure was marred by controversy, scandal, and calls for his resignation.

Missing in Action

Gary Peters

Michigan Democrat Gary Peters’ quest for the Senate has come at the expense of his duties in the House of Representatives.

The three-term congressman has skipped 31 votes since April, making him one of Congress’ biggest no-shows, according to GovTrack.us, a congressional watchdog group. Peters’ habit of skipping votes has placed him at the bottom 15 percentile among all representatives.

NLRB to Employers: Go to Hell

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Bosses should be wary of punishing profane and insubordinate employees, according to one prominent law firm.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), a federal labor arbiter that oversees employee relations and union elections, has issued a series of rulings in recent years protecting insubordinate employees. Cursing out one’s boss may violate social norms and common sense, but the agency says it can also be construed as protected activity.

Fight for the Right to Franchise

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Hundreds of small business owners flocked to Capitol Hill on Wednesday urging lawmakers to address labor regulations that could disrupt nearly 800,000 businesses.

The 350 entrepreneurs represented a diverse slice of the U.S. economy, including plumbers, yogurt storeowners, and automotive repairman. The only common denominator between them was their affiliation with franchising—the system in which entrepreneurs pay corporations to operate under their brand while taking independent control of day-to-day operations and local profits.