Education in the US
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 14 December 2018
This statement will be distributed at a mass demonstration of teachers and their supporters in Los Angeles, California on Saturday.
By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 11 December 2018
Union officials showered Democrats with praise while offering no concrete details of the agreement to charter school teachers or when they could vote on the deal.
“Our action is part of a broader fight for education”
By Kayla Costa, 11 December 2018
Teachers in Oakland, California participated in wildcat “sickouts” and demonstrations on Monday to demand pay raises, smaller class sizes, and better school conditions.
By Nancy Hanover, 11 December 2018
A section of the Republican Party, speaking for broader Wall Street interests, advocates ending tax-funded public education.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 10 December 2018
Teachers from over five schools carried out a coordinated “sick out” on Monday to protest low wages and millions of dollars in planned cuts to the district.
Sudden closure of for-profit Education Corporation of America leaves 20,000 students without an education
By Adam Mclean, 8 December 2018
One of the largest for-profit colleges in the United States, ECA abruptly announced this week that they would shut down operations at almost all locations, following their disaccreditation on Tuesday.
Chicago charter teacher strike continues, as unions announce backing for Democratic machine politician
By Kristina Betinis, 7 December 2018
Acero teachers determined to improve conditions are being isolated from other schools even as the unions use their strike as the backdrop for their political maneuvers.
By Kristina Betinis, 6 December 2018
Hours after staging a photo op at a Tuesday teachers’ rally, Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle announced her education platform.
By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 4 December 2018
Teachers at Acero schools and suburban Geneva District 304 walked out Tuesday morning as teachers in other districts prepare to fight for improved wages and conditions.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 4 December 2018
The Oakland Unified School District is proposing $60 million in cuts over two years and potentially closing a third of the district’s schools.
By Josh Varlin, 30 November 2018
Faculty and PhD students at New York University have demanded that NYU President Andrew Hamilton condemn the imprisonment of UK academic Matthew Hedges by the United Arab Emirates.
By Nancy Hanover, 19 November 2018
The union-endorsed agreement will open the door to streamlining the ability of the Little Rock School district to fire educators.
By Steve Light, 13 November 2018
The United Federation of Teachers rammed through a contract that includes below inflation rate wages in order to prevent a strike in the largest school district in America.
“The UFT says there is no giveback but there is plenty giveback”
By Steve Light, 13 November 2018
By Hector Cordon, 6 November 2018
This action comes roughly two months after a wave of walkouts and strike votes in the state were isolated and defeated by the unions.
By Nancy Hanover, 5 November 2018
The deliberate isolation of struggles by teacher unions is taking a stark form in Little Rock, Arkansas, the site of a major battle for desegregation of public education 61 years ago.
By Kristina Betinis, 5 November 2018
Charter school teachers are determined to improve pay and classroom conditions, but they cannot advance their fight through the Chicago Teachers Union.
AFSCME officials attempt to suppress WSWS reporting team
By Evelyn Rios, 27 October 2018
AFSCME has kept its 25,000 members on the job without a contract for over a year. Their current contract expired June 30, 2017.
By Dan Conway and Nancy Hanover, 26 October 2018
Despite more than 18 months of negotiations and three mediation sessions that have gone nowhere, the union continues to block strike action by teachers.
By Evelyn Rios, 20 October 2018
AFSCME and other unions at UC are working overtime to prevent any significant struggle by workers, and sabotage it if it erupts anyway.
By Guillaume Garnier and Steve Light, 19 October 2018
The United Federation of Teachers is trying to sell its membership a contract that cuts health care, reduces real wages and maintains poor conditions for students.
By Anthony del Olmo with the IYSSE at SDSU, 18 October 2018
Over the past several decades, universities in San Diego have developed into key assets for US militarism by becoming regional hubs for military training programs.
55 Strong, Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike
By Nancy Hanover, 18 October 2018
A new book promoted by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is centered on the lie that the West Virginia teachers’ strike, which set off the series of strikes nationally last spring, was a “victory” in which the unions played a heroic role.
By Joseph Lorenz, 10 October 2018
John Rubadeau, who has more than three decades at the university, was fired by the English Department on the basis of unspecified allegations.
By Kayla Costa, 19 September 2018
The experiences of teachers in Washington provide critical lessons for educators and other sections of workers coming into struggle.
By Todd Denton, 17 September 2018
The state of Texas is in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for its failure to educate disabled children.
By Trévon Austin, 17 September 2018
Monitoring students’ social media accounts is a violation of privacy, revealing the partnership of the US government and tech companies in internet surveillance and censorship.
By our reporter, 15 September 2018
On Friday, approximately 1,000 teachers, students, and supporters picketed East Stroudsburg’s South High School as a strike continues by instructors over management demands for major cuts in health care.
By Hector Cordon, 14 September 2018
Four hundred teachers in the small Washington State town of Tumwater are courageously defying a judge’s strikebreaking order as educators continue walkouts in Tacoma and other cities.
By our reporter, 13 September 2018
The district’s teachers are being asked to shoulder increased health care costs.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 September 2018
Educators across the US have returned to the classrooms under conditions of unrelenting assault on public education.
By Evan Blake, 10 September 2018
The Seattle Education Association, with the backing of its supposedly dissident faction, Social Equity Educators, forced through the agreement, undermining the momentum for a statewide strike.
A warning to students and the working class
Who are California Governor Jerry Brown’s appointments to the University of California Board of Regents?
By Evelyn Rios, 10 September 2018
Brown appointed his chief fiscal policy advisor, a top union bureaucrat, a former EPA official, and prior vice president of Lockheed Martin, the weapons manufacturer.
By WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 8 September 2018
The WSWS Teacher Newsletter urges Seattle teachers meeting today to vote “no” and immediately constitute themselves as an independent rank-and-file committee to plan a serious struggle.
By IYSSE at University of Illinois at Chicago, 8 September 2018
The CIA partnership is an expression of the militarization of life in the US and internationally that must be opposed by students and young people.
By Kayla Costa, 7 September 2018
On Thursday, teachers in Tacoma joined thousands of striking teachers throughout the state of Washington as the unions work to contain and isolate the struggles in each district.
By Alec Andersen, 6 September 2018
School officials in three districts threatened disciplinary action against striking teachers while educators in Tacoma joined walkouts in 10 other districts Thursday.
By David Moore, 6 September 2018
The court’s removal of the school funding initiative from the November ballot underscores the fact that America’s billionaires and millionaires will not tolerate the slightest encroachment on their personal fortunes.
By Josh Varlin, 6 September 2018
Despite the fact that the SUNY and CUNY systems are the second and third largest public higher education systems in the United States, with about 700,000 students in all, fewer than 21,000 Excelsior Scholarships were awarded last academic year.
Tacoma teachers vote to strike Thursday
By Jerry White, 5 September 2018
More than 2,000 teachers in Tacoma voted overwhelmingly to strike as the struggle in Washington escalates, despite union efforts to prevent a statewide walkout.
By Kayla Costa and Alec Andersen, 4 September 2018
The move comes after teachers in Washington’s largest district voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike last week.
By Nancy Hanover, 3 September 2018
Educators demand statewide strike action in Washington state, while the union seeks to quash walkouts and prevent new ones.
By Kimie Saito, 1 September 2018
For the first time in almost 30 years, Los Angeles teachers vote overwhelmingly for strike action.
By Kayla Costa, 30 August 2018
In a mass meeting Tuesday night, thousands of teachers voted to join ongoing strikes by educators across the state of Washington.
By Khara Sikhan, 30 August 2018
Following Donald Trump's call to arm teachers, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering diverting funds meant for hiring support staff to purchasing firearms for schools.
“Everyone should go out on strike, even nationwide”
By Hector Cordon and Nancy Hanover, 29 August 2018
Educators throughout the state are rallying and striking to demand livable wages and improved school conditions.
For a statewide strike in Washington to defend public education!
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 28 August 2018
To fight for better schools and living wages, teachers in Washington must break through the straitjacket imposed by the unions and Democratic Party and mobilize the broadest sections of the working class.
By Alec Andersen, 28 August 2018
On Monday, teachers in Vancouver, the state’s second-largest city, voted to authorize a strike if no deal is reached by the start of school on Wednesday.
By Nancy Hanover, 27 August 2018
In their fight to reverse years of budget cuts, Washington teachers are giving voice to the anger and determination of educators and workers across the US.
By Alec Andersen, 25 August 2018
The opposition of Washington teachers and support staff is a continuation of the teacher revolt that started at the beginning of 2018 and comes amid an upsurge of working class struggle.
By Dan Conway, 24 August 2018
After working without a contract for 13 months, Los Angeles teachers are taking a strike authorization vote.
By Shelley Connor, 24 August 2018
Puerto Rico teachers began the school year with a one-day protest against privatization and crumbling schools.
By Nancy Hanover, 20 August 2018
US teachers are returning to the classroom in the aftermath of the “teacher spring,” determined to take forward the fight in defense of public education.
By Walter Gilberti, 20 August 2018
The Michigan Department of Education has proposed new social studies standards which remove references to essential democratic rights and aim to censor the study of history.
By Hiram Lee, 11 August 2018
As the 2018-2019 school year begins, South Carolina will likely face an even greater shortage of teachers than in previous years.
By Nancy Hanover, 8 August 2018
In the aftermath of the largest statewide walkout last spring, Arizona teachers are still facing a battle for decent wages and education funding.
By J. Cooper, 6 August 2018
The takeover of the JCPS by the state education commissioner faces opposition as educators fear the implementation of charter schools is behind the move.
By Nancy Hanover, 31 July 2018
The unions double-crossed the West Virginia teachers, ending their struggle without securing funding for the PEIA, which underwrites their health insurance.
By Nancy Hanover, 19 July 2018
In the aftermath of the biggest teachers’ strike wave in 40 years, the American Federation of Teachers bureaucracy is seeking to head off a militant movement and defend its interests by promoting the Democrats in the mid-term elections.
By Phyllis Steele, 11 July 2018
A Detroit District Court judge has dismissed a suit charging Michigan officials with systematically defunding and mismanaging schools.
By Nancy Hanover, 4 July 2018
Trump and Education Secretary DeVos are calling for the merger of the Departments of Education and Labor in the name of “shrinking government” and “workforce development.”
“Teachers will be in the classroom…there will be no labor activity”
By Adam Mclean, 29 June 2018
Less than 24 hours after teachers struck on June 19 in the small town of Dallas, a Luzerne County judge ordered them back to work.
By Debra Watson and Ed Bergonzi, 26 June 2018
Teachers are opposing proposed changes to the state’s social studies curriculum that would block students from learning about struggles for democratic and civil rights.
By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 26 June 2018
In the aftermath of the union betrayal of their strikes and protests, teachers are running for seats in their state legislatures in unprecedented numbers, posing fundamental political issues for the working class.
By Jacob Crosse, 18 June 2018
Along with school closings, Wisconsin teachers saw a 21 percent decrease in wages and benefits between 2011 and 2016.
By Michael Walters, 16 June 2018
The slashing of funding for the largest school district in Nebraska will result in the elimination of positions in the central office as well as bus drivers, student support liaisons, accountants and IT professionals.
Teachers must prepare for struggle when schools reopen
By Jonathan Burleigh, 9 June 2018
Oakland teachers must draw the lessons of this year’s teachers strikes to prepare their own struggle when schools reopen.
By Warren Duzak, 9 June 2018
At a public hearing earlier this week, school employees denounced city officials for handing out corporate tax cuts while starving the public schools of resources.
By Zachary Thorton, 5 June 2018
New Vision Academy is under investigation by the city’s school district for financial irregularities and noncompliance with federal law after teachers came forward as whistleblowers to report the activities.
By Harvey Simpkins, 29 May 2018
Last month, George Mason University released documents showing how the Charles Koch Foundation and the Federalist Society maintain control over the appointment of professors and the setting of curriculum.
By J. L’Heureau, 28 May 2018
The union is seeking to prevent a walkout and has warned that teachers may “take action sooner than we predict.”
By Kevin Mitchell—SEP candidate for US Congress in California, 26 May 2018
Teachers in the San Diego community have joined a growing wave of teachers’ strikes taking place nationally.
By Isaac Finn, 24 May 2018
Twenty-seven Puerto Rican students, who are attending NYU through a program to aid survivors of Hurricane Maria, have requested that the NYU administration extend the program.
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 24 May 2018
The following is an exchange about the May 21 World Socialist Web Site article, “Teachers and public workers protest in South Carolina.”
As unions try to block further walkouts
By Jerry White, 23 May 2018
In remarks before the House Education and Workforce Committee, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos outlined the administration’s plans to accelerate the war against teachers and public education.
By Hiram Lee, 21 May 2018
Workers held signs that read, “Teachers need to eat too!”, “My income won’t pay my student loans!”
By Hiram Lee, 19 May 2018
For the unions, the aim of the demonstration is to smother opposition, isolate it from protests in other states, and channel workers behind the Democratic Party.
By Will Morrow, 18 May 2018
While teachers have returned to work, none of the issues that led to yesterday’s walkout have been resolved.
By Rosa Shahnazarian and Will Morrow, 17 May 2018
While teachers expressed their determination for a united struggle, the unions called the rally to avert a strike and channel opposition behind the Democratic Party.
As report shows teachers spending hundreds of dollars on school supplies
By Will Morrow, 16 May 2018
Today’s walkout in North Carolina is the latest in an ongoing wave of strikes by teachers across the United States and internationally.
Build rank-and-file committees! Prepare a nationwide strike to defend public education!
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 16 May 2018
Thousands of teachers and their supporters are marching in Raleigh, North Carolina today to demand decent wages and benefits and increased school funding.
By Nancy Hanover, 15 May 2018
The meager pay raises and funding increases in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona, hailed as “victories” by the unions and their supporters, will be funded through new attacks on workers.
By Genevieve Leigh and Sam Wayne, 15 May 2018
Multiple educators reported that Southwestern Academy high school has held dozens of classes without teachers for months at a time over the course of the current school year.
On eve of teachers’ protests in North Carolina and South Carolina
By Niles Niemuth, 14 May 2018
The 500 largest corporations in the US will funnel more money into the pockets of wealthy investors than they will allocate for capital expenditures and research and development.
“Teachers across this country need to organize a national strike”
14 May 2018
In this letter to the WSWS, an Arizona teacher describes the aftermath of the union’s betrayal of the six-day statewide teachers’ strike.
By Shelley Connor, 14 May 2018
The Alabama legislature approved a 2.5 percent raise for teachers and other state employees earlier in the year, the first cost of living raise for the state’s teachers in a decade.
As Pueblo teachers strike continues
By Will Morrow, 12 May 2018
The cuts have been enabled by the unions, which shut down mass walkouts last month and are isolating the ongoing teacher strike in Pueblo.
By Will Morrow, 12 May 2018
Both organizations played a critical role in the sellout of the strike of tens of thousands of teachers by the Arizona Education Association and Arizona Educators United.
“Do you work your best when you work for peanuts?” ask Pueblo teachers
By Bill Kidd and Nancy Hanover, 10 May 2018
Pueblo, Colorado teachers continue their strike as District 60 begins opening schools.
By Kayla Costa, 10 May 2018
The health and service workers now face the efforts of the union to isolate their struggle and push a sellout contract.
More than 50,000 UC workers on strike
By David Moore, 9 May 2018
The strike of university workers in California is part of a growing wave of workers’ struggles around education and healthcare.
By Evelyn Rios, 9 May 2018
Nurses and administrative professionals joined service and technical workers on strike across 10 California campuses as students also began to express their support.
By Alan Whyte, 9 May 2018
Striking worker-students set up picket lines Tuesday at three entrances of the New School for Social Research in New York City.
By Fred Mazelis and Steve Light, 9 May 2018
The former New York City mayor and the head of the American Federation of Teachers are worried the wave of strikes and protests initiated by the rank and file will spread and challenge decades of austerity.
By Jerry White, 8 May 2018
The strikes and protests that have erupted so far this year are initial expressions of a powerful, objective social movement that raises basic political questions for all workers.
By Bill Kidd and Will Morrow, 8 May 2018
The teachers unions are isolating the striking teachers not only from their counterparts across the US, but throughout Colorado.
By Genevieve Leigh and Sam Wayne, 8 May 2018
The school administration at Flint Southwestern Academy has hidden from parents and the community for months that dozens of their children’s classes are being held without teachers.
By Philip Guelpa, 8 May 2018
Administrators at the private university in New York City have announced plans to dismiss the entire cafeteria staff and replace them with even lower-paid workers.
By Jerry White, 7 May 2018
Facebook has disabled the Arizona Educators Rank and File Committee group, which provided a forum for teachers to oppose the betrayal of their struggles by the unions.
By Nancy Hanover, 7 May 2018
Opposition continues to grow among educators over more than a decade of school funding cuts and falling living standards.