Education in the US
By our reporters, 17 March 2018
The Jersey City strike is part of a growing wave of working-class opposition in the US, following the shutdown of the West Virginia teachers strike earlier this month.
By Shannon Jones and Todd Thompson, 16 March 2018
The state legislature rejected a proposal for a pay hike that fell far short of teacher demands for a $10,000 raise.
By Nancy Hanover, 15 March 2018
After months of protests, Arizona teachers are pressing for statewide strike action on wages and benefits.
“Everybody’s skeptical of the task force”
By Zac Corrigan, 15 March 2018
A nine-day teachers strike was ended by the unions with the creation of a health care task force, consisting of openly hostile state legislators, health insurance CEOs, and the very union bureaucrats who sold out the strike.
By Jessica Goldstein, 14 March 2018
Having demobilized students and pushed through a sellout deal, the Graduate Employees Organization is promoting impotent appeals to university officials.
By our reporters, 14 March 2018
Thousands of students are walking out at high schools throughout the US today, in opposition to school shootings.
As Trump’s education secretary threatens deep education cuts
By E.P. Milligan, 13 March 2018
After the nine-day strike in West Virginia, educators in other states are coming into conflict with the unions, which are trying to block a unified struggle for increased wages and funding for public education.
After nine-day West Virginia strike
By Nancy Hanover, 12 March 2018
Educators in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona are organizing protests and strikes on social media to oppose years of concessions and budget cuts.
By Jerry White, 12 March 2018
The widespread use of social media by the West Virginia teachers and the growth of the class struggle internationally make clear why the US government and Silicon Valley tech giants want to censor the Internet.
Movement for teacher walkouts in Oklahoma, Kentucky, New Jersey and Arizona
By Will Morrow, 10 March 2018
The ruling class and the trade unions are desperately seeking to control social opposition and prevent demands for walkouts from developing in the direction of a general strike.
By Jerry White, 9 March 2018
In the aftermath of the nine-day strike by West Virginia teachers, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said that the unions are necessary to contain opposition.
Reject the sellout on tuition waivers—for free higher education for all
By Andy Thompson and Jessica Goldstein, 9 March 2018
The Graduate Employees Organization is desperately trying to shut-down the strike of 2,700 graduate student workers at the University of Illinois.
By Eric London, 9 March 2018
Jacobin and the ISO’s role in the West Virginia teachers strike is an instructive example of how the pseudo-left stifles working-class opposition and directs it behind the trade unions and Democratic Party.
By Will Morrow, 7 March 2018
The deal does not address the central demand of teachers—an end to soaring health care costs—while it pays for inadequate wage increases through cuts to Medicaid and other social programs.
“West Virginia teachers have shown us team effort and organization”
By Nancy Hanover, 7 March 2018
Oklahoma teachers are demanding statewide strike action to reverse years of declining living standards, increasing class sizes and budget cuts to K-12 education.
By our reporters, 7 March 2018
Teachers in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia’s two most populous states, have expressed powerful support for the struggle being waged by their counterparts in West Virginia.
By Joseph Kishore, 6 March 2018
Every major social conflict reveals in the movement of masses of people essential political relations, testing out and evaluating the validity of political conceptions.
By Jerry White, 6 March 2018
Teachers, school bus drivers, and custodians from across the state converged on Charleston as the walkout of 33,000 school employees continued.
Reject the sellout deal that robs Medicaid from school children
By Jerry White, 6 March 2018
On Tuesday morning, the West Virginia governor and the unions announced that a deal had been made to shut down the teachers’ strike.
“If you have one bad illness and go to the hospital, that wipes your income out”
By a WSWS reporting team, 6 March 2018
The teachers’ union has sought to bury the issue of insurance funding as part of its attempt to sell out the strike.
“I think they should keep striking”
By George Marlowe and Andy Thompson, 6 March 2018
Chicago autoworkers expressed their support for the West Virginia teachers on strike and denounced the conditions they face.
By Jerry White, 5 March 2018
The strike by more than 33,000 teachers and support staff has entered its eighth day and a new and decisive stage.
Form rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!
By the Socialist Equality Party, 5 March 2018
The SEP urges striking teachers and school employees to go from impromptu meetings and rallies to the election of rank-and-file strike committees to mobilize the entire working class.
By our reporters, 5 March 2018
Education workers in the UK send messages of support to the striking West Virginia teachers.
By Eric London, 5 March 2018
The Democratic West Virginia state senator is being presented by the corporate media as a tough-talking friend of the working class. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“Teachers from Oklahoma stand with West Virginia”
By Todd Thompson, 5 March 2018
The Oklahoma Education Association has acquiesced to years of budget cuts, and educators are now organizing independently through social media to demand action.
Form rank-and-file committees to expand the struggle
By Jerry White, 4 March 2018
The beginning of the Frontier Communications strike follows a calculated provocation by the state Senate, which voted Saturday night to reduce the pay offer to teachers and school employees from 5 percent to 4 percent.
By Jerry White, 3 March 2018
As the powerful strike of 30,000 West Virginia teachers and other school employees extends into the weekend, the unions and state Democrats hope to push through an agreement already rejected by rank-and-file educators.
“I think the working class should be in control”
By our reporters, 3 March 2018
More than 1,500 students and teachers attended a demonstration and march outside the state capitol building organized by high school students.
“A lot of people are calling for all the workers to go out on strike”
By our reporters, 3 March 2018
There is growing international support for the courageous stand taken by teachers in West Virginia.
By Jerry White, 2 March 2018
Teachers and school employees have courageously defied the efforts by the unions, Democrats and Republicans to end their strike.
By Will Morrow, 2 March 2018
WSWS reporters spoke with public school employees as 30,000 workers continued to defy the unions’ efforts to shut down the strike.
By Niles Niemuth, 2 March 2018
The upper-middle class organizations jumped at the opportunity to promote the unions’ efforts to end the struggle.
Mobilize the entire working class behind West Virginia teachers! Form rank-and-file committees to expand the struggle!
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 2 March 2018
Strikers must appeal to the working class—the miners, firefighters, nurses, railroad workers, warehouse workers, and telecommunications workers—not the capitalist politicians or union bureaucrats.
By Alexander Fangmann, 2 March 2018
As the strike of UIUC graduate student workers enters a fifth day, the walkout brings to the fore many of the problems facing universities, colleges and their students.
By Joseph Kishore, 2 March 2018
The rejection by West Virginia teachers of the unions’ efforts to shut down their struggle is one among many signs of growing working-class militancy in the United States.
By Joseph Kishore, 1 March 2018
The continuation of the strike requires the formation of independent rank-and-file committees and an urgent appeal to the entire working class to support the West Virginia teachers.
Demand a statewide vote before any return to work!
By Jerry White, 28 February 2018
There is widespread anger among teachers over the sellout deal agreed to by the West Virginia Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia.
“Stand up for what you believe in and for what you deserve”
By our reporters, 28 February 2018
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to teachers, auto workers, students and other workers about the ongoing strike by teachers in West Virginia.
By Jerry White, 28 February 2018
Union leaders announced Tuesday evening they were shutting down the statewide strike and ordering educators back to the classrooms Thursday.
By Tom Hall and Jerry White, 27 February 2018
The unions were forced by the militant mood among teachers to call a fourth day of walkouts, while an injunction against the strike could be filed as early as today.
By Alexander Fangmann, 27 February 2018
Graduate student workers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have walked out to preserve tuition waivers and for an increase to their paltry pay and benefits.
By Jerry White, 27 February 2018
The World Socialist Web Site calls for the urgent mobilization of all sections of the working class to support striking West Virginia teachers.
By Jerry White, 26 February 2018
The unions and the Democratic Party are working frantically behind the scenes to contain and smother the statewide strike.
“The politicians don’t want to fund education; they’d rather fund war”
By a reporting team, 26 February 2018
Educators in Michigan, New York and Arizona, as well as West Virginia, spoke to the World Socialist Web Site in support of the striking West Virginia teachers.
By Shannon Jones, 24 February 2018
The unions announced the extension of the two-day strike on Friday evening, fearful that the anger of teachers could erupt outside of their control.
“We need an uprising of the people to put a stop to this”
By Lawrence Porter, 24 February 2018
A World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke with teachers protesting outside the state capitol in Charleston on Friday.
By Joseph Kishore, 24 February 2018
The two-day strike by teachers in West Virginia is part of a growing wave of working-class opposition throughout the US and internationally.
By Jerry White, 23 February 2018
In the first teachers strike in nearly three decades, nearly 15,000 West Virginia teachers, school bus drivers and other school employees walked out Thursday.
“We are tired of waiting”
By our reporters, 23 February 2018
The WSWS spoke to many of those participating in a rally of thousands of teachers and their supporters in Charleston, West Virginia on Thursday
By Eric London, 23 February 2018
Thousands of students have joined demonstrations in the aftermath of the latest eruption of homicidal violence. But to stop the killings, they need to understand the deeper social and political roots of these tragedies.
By Shannon Jones, 22 February 2018
On the eve of a scheduled statewide walkout by West Virginia teachers, the state legislature issued a take-it-or-leave-it deal backed by legal threats.
By Todd Thompson, 22 February 2018
Teachers are calling for a statewide “sickout,” while students at two schools have staged recent walkouts.
By Kate Randall, 21 February 2018
Protesting students have aimed their fire at local politicians, the US Congress and President Trump over their failure to do anything to stop school shootings.
“This struggle should be spread nationally”
By Nancy Hanover, 21 February 2018
As teachers gear up for a two-day walkout, the unions are doubling down on legislative horse-trading focused on keeping opposition confined to the Democratic Party.
By Niles Niemuth, 19 February 2018
This weekend’s protest is the latest expression of working-class anger over social inequality throughout the US and internationally.
“It’s time for a general strike or protest, nationwide”
By a WSWS reporting team, 19 February 2018
Teachers and other workers described the impact of decades of attacks on wages and conditions and the need for a broad fight by the entire working class.
By Nancy Hanover, 17 February 2018
Teachers confront not just the intransigence of the Republican governor and lawmakers, but also the determination of the unions to channel anger behind the Democratic Party.
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 16 February 2018
Thousands of West Virginia teachers, school employees, state workers and supporters are protesting today to demand the right to a decent standard of living and high-quality public education.
As AFSCME drags out contract negotiations
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Evelyn Rios, 16 February 2018
AFSCME has portrayed the attack on 51-year-old housing and dining services employee David Cole during a campus protest over stalled contract talks in exclusively racial terms.
By Sandy English, 14 February 2018
The Duluth school board has decided to stop teaching two literary classics, To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn, because of their frequent use of racial slurs.
By Nancy Hanover, 12 February 2018
Teachers throughout the state voted overwhelmingly to authorize strike action to raise wages and stop plans to increase public employees’ health care costs
By Naomi Spencer, 12 February 2018
Beyond the derisory 1 percent wage increase, untenable social conditions and health care costs are motivating teachers to take up picket signs for the first time in three decades in West Virginia.
By Matt Rigel, 12 February 2018
While the school district has cried broke, federal, state and city officials have showered billions of dollars in tax cuts on the state’s Fortune 500 corporations.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 February 2018
The merger between the two AFT locals was rejected by nearly one-third of those who voted, based on the Chicago Teachers Union’s complicity with Mayor Emanuel’s school privatization efforts.
By Genevieve Leigh, 10 February 2018
Governor Rosselló announced his intention to privatize the public school system a week and a half after announcing the sell-off of the electricity grid.
By Samuel Davidson, 10 February 2018
The Pittsburgh Public Schools workers are frustrated over massive budget cuts and years without a new contract.
By Isaac Finn, 9 February 2018
Columbia University in New York City has refused to recognize the Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers (GWC-UAW) Local 2110 as the bargaining agent for student workers on campus.
“The 1 percent raise is a slap in the face.”
By Phyllis Steele and Jerry White, 6 February 2018
Teachers and state employees are in a fight against both big business parties that have starved public education of resources for decades.
By Nancy Hanover, 3 February 2018
West Virginia teachers have not had a raise since 2014, and are presently ranked 48th in the nation in average salary.
By Todd Thompson, 3 February 2018
Texas deliberately set about to deny access to special education services, in knowing contravention of federal rules.
Amidst cuts to special education and school closure protests
By George Marlowe and Andy Thompson, 2 February 2018
After the resignation of the previous school chief, Chicago Public Schools officials have appointed a new CEO groomed by the political establishment to ramp up the attack on education.
By Rafael Azul, 31 January 2018
As part of his new fiscal spending plan, Governor Rosselló has proposed to cut $303.4 million from education by closing 300 K-12 schools.
By Nancy Hanover, 27 January 2018
The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an Ohio online-only school, abruptly shut down last week, amid multiple scandals over millions of dollars of state aid.
By Julian James, 18 January 2018
Last year the school eliminated special classes for students with major behavioral and learning challenges.
“Keep fighting, we have to come together”
By Nancy Hanover, 15 January 2018
WSWS Teacher Newsletter readers explain their support for the Louisiana teacher who was arrested for speaking out at a school board meeting last week.
By Jerry White, 12 January 2018
There is something “American” about the treatment of Deyshia Hargrave, who had the temerity to protest pay raises for school officials while teachers and students are starved of resources.
“This is an outrage! The marshal should be arrested for assault”
By Nancy Hanover, 12 January 2018
The arrest and jailing of Louisiana teacher Deyshia Hargrave has prompted outrage throughout the US and internationally.
By Nancy Hanover, 10 January 2018
Deyshia Hargrave was removed from a meeting, handcuffed and taken to jail for opposing a large pay hike for the school superintendent while employees have had no raise in a decade.
As teachers face new battles against Trump
By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 6 January 2018
Taken together, the seminal struggles of teachers and other public sector workers in Wisconsin (2011), Chicago (2012) and Detroit (2015-16) contain powerful political lessons for the defense of education and workers’ rights.
By David Brown, 5 January 2018
Luis Mora, a junior transfer to the UC, was arrested Saturday night at an internal checkpoint for overstaying his visa.
As teachers face new battles against Trump
By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 4 January 2018
Taken together, the seminal struggles of teachers and other public-sector workers in Wisconsin (2011), Chicago (2012) and Detroit (2015-16) have powerful political lessons for the defense of education and workers’ rights.
By Nancy Hanover, 19 December 2017
Over two-thirds of Detroit children attending public school are chronically absent, according to a new report, and at least 10 percent are homeless.
Build a committee to oppose Oakland school cuts! For a socialist program to expand public education!
By the Socialist Equality Party (US), 16 December 2017
Workers must reject the entire framework of austerity and fight for the broadest expansion of public education, through the independent political mobilization of the entire working class.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 16 December 2017
Roughly 500 people attended the latest board meeting to protest the budget cuts, expressing the deep support for public education within Oakland’s working class.
By Nancy Hanover, 7 December 2017
The historic decline of union membership among teachers highlights the extent to which these unions exist only at the behest of the government.
By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2017
By one estimate, slashing the deduction for state and local income taxes would threaten between 250,000 and 370,000 jobs in public education.
By Warren Duzak, 28 November 2017
Tennessee is the nation’s most aggressive state in penalizing those who default on student loans.
By J. Cooper, 15 November 2017
After working in low-paying public service jobs for more than ten years, thousands who thought their loan balances would be forgiven are bitterly finding otherwise.
New York University departments call for boycott of Abu Dhabi campus after UAE denies visas to professors
By Josh Varlin, 13 November 2017
This is not the first time the UAE, abetted by NYU, has infringed on academic freedom.
By Rafael Azul, 10 November 2017
The US education secretary met with her Puerto Rican counterpart, who is looking at post-Katrina New Orleans as the model for the schools in US territory.
After ultimatum and threats of job loss
By George Marlowe, 4 November 2017
After the school district of Palatine, Illinois issued an ultimatum to striking support staff, their union sent them back to work without a contract.
With medical and health benefits cut
By George Marlowe, 30 October 2017
Many of the workers make starvation wages as low as $11 an hour, pay high out-of-pocket health care costs and are forced to work a second or third job just to make ends meet.
By Kristina Betinis, 19 October 2017
The court and the school district are running roughshod over the democratic rights of school workers who are fighting for decent wages and benefits.
By Khara Sikhan, 4 October 2017
Decades of defunding public education, standardized testing and the demonization of teachers has resulted in a national crisis in education in the United States.
By Nancy Hanover, 2 October 2017
The most significant change involves the standard of evidence to determine if an assault has occurred and if colleges are required to take action.
By Kate Randall, 18 September 2017
The 400 teachers went out on strike Thursday after nine-hour negotiations between a mediator, the Burlington’s Democratic mayor and the Burlington Education Association broke down.
By Jerry White, 15 September 2017
More than 400 teachers walked out on strike in Burlington Thursday, after efforts by a mediator, the city’s Democratic mayor and the Burlington Education Association failed to prevent the strike.
By Nancy Hanover, 6 September 2017
Public universities and colleges in the US are being starved of funding, while the Trump administration escalates its support to for-profit institutions.
As school year starts teachers, parents and students face political struggle to defend public education
By Phyllis Steele, 5 September 2017
Nearly 50 million public school students are starting the new school year, along with more than four million teachers and support staff.