Education in the US

Union shuts down Denver teachers strike

By Trévon Austin, 15 February 2019

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association cut a deal in the early hours of Thursday morning and told teachers to return to work before voting on the contract.

Wright State University reaches tentative agreement with faculty enshrining health and pay cuts

By Alexander Fangmann, 15 February 2019

The agreement codifies most of the demands made by the university’s administrators and board of trustees, and should be rejected by faculty.

Union rushing to end Denver teachers strike

By Nancy Hanover, 14 February 2019

Denver teachers should take a warning from the experience of Los Angeles teachers and resist any attempt to rush through a deal that abandons critical demands for substantial increases in pay and school funding and a reduction in class sizes.

Denver teachers battle merit-pay system that is backed by unions, Democratic Party

By Andrea Peters, 13 February 2019

Teachers in Colorado’s largest city are continuing their decisive fight against low pay, performance-based compensation and underfunding of the schools.

Denver teachers strike backed by student walkouts

By Tom Eley, 12 February 2019

Thousands of high school students walked out of class in solidarity with their nearly 3,000 striking teachers.

Chicago charter teachers strike enters second week

By Kristina Betinis, 12 February 2019

Charter school teachers are fighting for decent wages and smaller class sizes, but the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is looking to expands its franchise into the charter business.

In their first strike in 25 years, Denver, Colorado teachers walk out

By Nancy Hanover, 11 February 2019

The Denver strike highlights the growing determination of educators, nationally and internationally, in the face of a concerted assault on public education.

West Virginia teachers, school staff vote “overwhelmingly” to authorize work action

By our reporters, 11 February 2019

Teachers and other school workers in all 55 West Virginia counties voted last week to call a work action against a reactionary omnibus education bill moving through the legislature.

Oakland students walk out as school board prepares major cuts

By Jonathan Burleigh, 11 February 2019

Thousands of Oakland students voiced their support for teachers and hostility to planned budget cuts and school closures.

Wright State University administration issues call for scabs in bid to intimidate striking faculty

By Alexander Fangmann, 9 February 2019

As the strike by full-time faculty at Wright State heads toward a fourth week, the university administration is attempting to threaten striking faculty with the specter of being replaced by “long-term” adjuncts.

48-year-old teacher perishes in house fire on Chicago’s southwest side

By Kristina Betinis, 6 February 2019

Kathleen Gomez was mourned by family and friends at her home on Tuesday evening.

Oakland, California teachers overwhelmingly vote to strike

By Jonathan Burleigh, 6 February 2019

Oakland teachers have voted by 95 percent to authorize a strike, showing the determination of educators to fight in defense of public education.

West Virginia teachers battle legislative “education reform”

By Naomi Spencer, 5 February 2019

Teachers in West Virginia are set to vote on possible “statewide work action” against a raft of right-wing education policies being fast-tracked through the state legislature.

Florida schools to allow real-time video monitoring by the police

By our reporter, 4 February 2019

New measures for the militarization of schools are being adopted one year after the Parkland massacre, while funding for public education, mental health and school counselors continue to be cut.

Florida education commissioner advocates widespread privatization

By Jean Bellevie and Matthew MacEgan, 2 February 2019

A longtime opponent of public education has been named to Florida’s top education position.

West Virginia teachers angered over renewed attack on public education

By Phyllis Steele and Nancy Hanover, 1 February 2019

Members of the West Virginia state legislature are attempting to fast-track a “Comprehensive Education Reform” bill that would further eviscerate public education in the state.

Sacramento school district threatens bankruptcy to extort concessions from teachers

By Dan Conway, 31 January 2019

School district officials in California’s capital city announced they had to cut $16 million from spending by November 2019 to avoid state receivership, with another $16 million in cuts needed for next year.

City Colleges of Chicago averts staff and faculty strike

By Alexander Fangmann, 31 January 2019

Just days after the setting of a February 4 strike date, the Cook County College Teachers Union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that a tentative agreement had been reached.

Oklahoma legislators seek to strip teachers of democratic rights

By Phyllis Steele, 30 January 2019

A series of bills being introduced on February 4 by state Republicans would punish teachers for striking, participating in political activities and exercising freedom of speech.

After sellout of Los Angeles teachers strike, new attacks on public schools coming

By Alan Gilman, 30 January 2019

The agreement failed to meet any of the teachers’ most critical demands to reduce class size, increase wages, stop the expansion of charter schools, and address chronically underfunded budgets.

Indiana school superintendent arrested, charged with fraud for using insurance to help sick student

By Matthew Taylor, 29 January 2019

The arrest of Casey Smitherman has illuminated the wretched living conditions the working class confronts in Indiana and across the US.

"Dead last” in school funding

New punitive “accountability” measures being imposed on Michigan teachers

By Phyllis Steele, 29 January 2019

In Betsy DeVos’s home state, school privatization interests have carried out a record level of education de-funding, now accompanied by punitive “accountability” measures designed to destroy public education.

The International Socialist Organization, Jacobin hail betrayal of Los Angeles teachers’ strike

By Adam Mclean, 28 January 2019

Before, during and after the six-day strike by 33,000 teachers, the ISO and the Democratic Socialists of America sought to subordinate educators to the unions and the Democratic Party.

Colorado Labor Department blocks Denver teachers’ strike

By Eddie Haywood, 28 January 2019

After a 93 percent vote last week for strike action by 5,600 Denver teachers, the state of Colorado has intervened to prevent the walkout.

Mobilize the working class to defend public education!

Virginia teachers and the fight against social inequality

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 28 January 2019

The demonstration today in Virginia is part of a growing movement of teachers, students and workers against attacks on public education.

The timeline of a sellout

How the UTLA orchestrated the betrayal of Los Angeles teachers

By Alan Gilman, 25 January 2019

Well aware that the sellout deal would provoke widespread opposition, the union rushed through the contract without providing teachers time to study and discuss it.

“It was rushed. It was a farce”

Los Angeles teachers livid over union’s betrayal of strike

By Kimie Saito, 25 January 2019

Teachers spoke out on how the United Teachers Los Angeles pushed through a contract vote on a deal that abandoned their most critical demands.

Virginia and Denver teachers set to strike as educators struggles continue to spread

By Shelley Connor and Nancy Hanover, 24 January 2019

Teachers are entering into struggle after decades of bipartisan defunding of public schools, accompanied by the promotion of privatization and charter schools.

Union rams through deal to end Los Angeles teachers strike

By Jerry White, 23 January 2019

Before educators had time to study the deal, the United Teachers Los Angeles rushed through a vote that ignores teachers’ demands for improved wages and school funding and lower class sizes.

An Oklahoma teacher speaks on the Los Angeles educators strike

By Andrea Peters, 23 January 2019

“Education is just underfunded,” emphasized an Oklahoma teacher who participated in the strike last April and spoke to the WSWS about her support for LA teachers.

Los Angeles teachers denounce UTLA betrayal of strike

By our reporters, 23 January 2019

The conspiracy by United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and the Democratic Party to ram through a new contract to end the six-day strike by 33,000 educators provoked widespread anger from teachers.

Los Angeles teachers have the right to know the details of the negotiations

By Evan Blake, 22 January 2019

For five straight days, the UTLA has kept striking teachers in the dark as they conduct closed-door negotiations with the school district and the city’s Democratic mayor.

Vote “No” on UTLA-LAUSD deal! Extend the strike to Oakland and across California to defend public education!

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 22 January 2019

The UTLA and the school board are engaged in a conspiracy to shut down the strike by Los Angeles teachers and block a united movement of workers throughout the state and beyond.

Support for LA teachers’ strike

Students and the fight to defend public education

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 22 January 2019

Students have a critical role to play as they join their teachers in a fight against the entire capitalist system and political establishment that drives the assault on public education.

Los Angeles teachers angered over secret talks between union, school district and mayor

By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 21 January 2019

As the strike by 33,000 Los Angeles teachers enters its second week, suspicions are growing that the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is preparing to agree to a rotten compromise.

“There’s only so much workers can take and now we’re rising up”

Mass demonstration as Los Angeles strike reaches fifth day

By our reporters, 19 January 2019

As anger among teachers builds to fight against the Democratic Party-led campaign to privatize public education, the United Teachers of Los Angeles is working with the school officials to carve up the district.

Oakland teachers hold second wildcat “sickout,” call for statewide strike with Los Angeles teachers

By Jonathan Burleigh, 19 January 2019

In defiance of the official, interminable, negotiations process, Oakland teachers have begun to organize themselves independently in preparation for a broader struggle in defense of public education.

Wright State University faculty in Dayton, Ohio to strike Tuesday

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 January 2019

Faculty at Wright State University are scheduled to begin striking on Tuesday against the imposition of an austerity contract featuring a pay freeze, furloughs, healthcare cuts and increases in workload.

Los Angeles teachers battle privatization as union vies to be partner in LAUSD restructuring

By Jerry White, 18 January 2019

The five-day strike by Los Angeles teachers has thrust educators into a direct conflict with the Democratic Party, which has used the city and the state as a test case for school privatization.

“All teachers have to get together from all the states”

Los Angeles teachers discuss need to expand strike as UTLA resumes talks to end walkout

By our reporters, 17 January 2019

On the picket lines and at rallies teachers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about a strategy to fight the assault on public education.

A fighting strategy for California teachers

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 17 January 2019

After the initial exhilaration of the first few days of the strike, teachers in Los Angeles are now discussing and debating the way forward in this historic battle to defend public education.

As support grows to extend Los Angeles teacher strike, unions colluding with Democrats to end walkout

By Jerry White, 16 January 2019

With Oakland teachers planning sickouts to join the fight, the United Teachers Los Angeles is working behind the scenes with the Democratic mayor and governor to prepare a sellout of the strike.

Los Angeles teachers speak out on political issues in strike

By our reporters, 16 January 2019

“They keep saying, ‘There’s no money, there’s no money.’ That’s a lie.”

Oakland, California teachers plan a one-day walkout Friday

By Jonathan Burleigh, 16 January 2019

Teachers in Oakland, facing the same crisis as those striking in Los Angeles, have called a second wildcat “sickout” to oppose the attacks on public education.

50,000 march on first day of Los Angeles teachers strike

By Jerry White, 15 January 2019

The first strike by LA teachers in three decades is shaping up to be a direct conflict with the Democratic Party, which is backing the campaign to privatize public education.

This walkout should be nationwide

Los Angeles teachers, students and parents speak out on first day of strike

By our reporters, 15 January 2019

Teachers and their supporters denounced the bipartisan attack on public education and supported the call by the WSWS Teacher Newsletter to expand the strike throughout California and the US.

Denver, Colorado teachers move closer to strike action

By J. Cooper, 15 January 2019

If negotiations fail between the Denver Public Schools board and the union by January 18, a strike vote will be taken the next day.

Los Angeles teachers strike in second largest school district in US

By David Brown, 14 January 2019

Teachers across California and the nation looking for a way to defend public education are confronting the efforts of the unions to isolate them.

For a united struggle to defend public education in California and beyond!

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 12 January 2019

As teachers in Los Angeles prepare to strike, they confront the fact that the unions are working to undermine and isolate their struggle against privatization and other attacks on public education.

Widespread support for Los Angeles teacher strike as unions seek to block statewide struggle

By our reporters, 11 January 2019

Students, parents and workers expressed their support for Los Angeles teachers who are determined to walk out for improved wages and to oppose the drive to dismantle public education.

Los Angeles teachers angered as union delays strike again

By Jerry White, 10 January 2019

Just days after abandoning teachers’ most critical demands regarding opposition to school privatization, the United Teachers Los Angeles has postponed the strike by 33,000 educators

“All the teachers across the nation should come out”

California, Michigan educators call for joint action with LA teachers

By our reporters, 10 January 2019

The WSWS Teacher Newsletter spoke to teachers eager to join with LA teachers and expand the fight to defend public education nationally and internationally.

Portland State University threatens to fire Peter Boghossian for authoring “Grievance Studies” hoax

By Eric London, 10 January 2019

Boghossian has faced threats and intimidation after Portland State found he violated ethical obligations in the October 2018 study exposing the bankruptcy of postmodernism and identity politics.

Los Angeles teachers prepare to strike

By Jerry White, 9 January 2019

Teachers in the nation’s second-largest school district are engaged in a critical battle to defend the right to public education.

Los Angeles and the billionaires’ plan to destroy public education

By Alan Gilman, 9 January 2019

Los Angeles teachers are in the front line of the battle against Wall Street interests seeking to privatize education.

On eve of strike, union drops LA teachers’ demands against school privatization

By Jerry White, 8 January 2019

The United Teachers Los Angeles has signaled that it is preparing to betray this critical battle over the privatization of public education.

“Almost everyone I know is working two jobs to make ends meet”

Los Angeles teachers prepare for strike

By Jerry White and Kimie Saito, 7 January 2019

More than 33,000 teachers in the nation’s second largest school district are set to strike Thursday in a battle that pits educators against the Democratic Party establishment.

Austin Beutner—Wall Street’s Superintendent of Education in Los Angeles

By Alan Gilman, 7 January 2019

Beutner is renowned as a financier who has had a lucrative career extracting huge profits by privatizing public assets and slashing the wages and benefits of workers.

Los Angeles school officials hire strikebreakers as teachers prepare for walkout

By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 4 January 2019

Teachers in Los Angeles should reach out to educators in Oakland and across California to prepare a statewide walkout to defend the right to high quality public education.

Strike looms in Los Angeles as struggles by educators set to continue in 2019

By Nancy Hanover, 31 December 2018

The new year promises to inaugurate growing struggles in defense of public education, as teachers around the world prepare strikes and protests.

Teacher unions in Washington state back Democrats’ regressive school taxes

By Kayla Costa, 31 December 2018

Months after the statewide teachers’ struggle, the Democratic Party, unions and pseudo-left groups are uniting to implement regressive taxes in the name of funding public education.

“I decided that something was wrong with the world and not me”

College loan debt and the life of an adjunct professor

By Nancy Hanover, 27 December 2018

An adjunct community college professor speaks to the WSWS about the impossible situation faced by so many college instructors.

Virginia teachers plan statewide protest to demand school funding

By Ed Hightower, 24 December 2018

Thousands of Virginia teachers are expected to march on the state capitol in Richmond on January 28, as the fight in defense of public education continues to spread across the US.

Meeting on Oakland school closure expresses hostility to attacks on public education

By Jonathan Burleigh, 24 December 2018

Numerous attendees condemned the school district for its cuts to public education in Oakland and their drive to convert public schools to private charter schools.

January 10 strike date set for 33,000 Los Angeles teachers

By Dan Conway, 24 December 2018

Despite union efforts to block a strike, teachers in the second largest school district in America are demanding higher wages, smaller class sizes and the hiring of more nurses and support staff.

Columbia College faculty union convenes secret tribunal to discipline members

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 December 2018

The leadership of the Columbia College Chicago’s part-time faculty union has convened a special committee to discipline members who question the union’s authority.

Los Angeles teachers and supporters speak out at mass rally

“We don’t want the wars, we don’t want the prisons, we want that money to go to students who need it”

By our reporters, 18 December 2018

WSWS reporters were warmly received by teachers and their supporters at a mass rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.

Mass demonstration by Los Angeles teachers

By Dan Conway, 17 December 2018

The demonstration, which involved up to 50,000 protesters, was the latest indication of the resumption of resistance by educators across the US who have been involved in the largest strike wave by teachers in decades.

New York City school therapists protest for changes to union-backed contract

By Steve Light, 17 December 2018

The action demonstrates, yet again, the determination of teachers to defend their living standards and stop the assault on public education, against the unions' role.

West Virginia: Task force concludes without a “fix” for public workers’ insurance

By Clement Daly, 17 December 2018

Throughout the strike and pro-forma hearings, teachers and public service workers demanded that health care be funded through increased taxes on the state’s oil and gas industry.

Los Angeles teachers and the fight for social equality

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.

Chicago teacher union shuts down charter school strike, holds rally for Democratic candidates

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”

Teachers in Oakland, California speak out at wildcat demonstrations

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.

Oklahoma Republicans demand the abolition of public schools

By Nancy Hanover, 11 December 2018

A section of the Republican Party, speaking for broader Wall Street interests, advocates ending tax-funded public education.

Oakland, California teachers hold wildcat “sickout”

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.

Democrats, union tops seek to isolate Chicago charter teachers’ strike

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.

Chicago charter teachers strike for increased pay, lower class sizes

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.

Oakland, California public schools face $60 million in cuts, state takeover

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.

Faculty protest hits NYU’s coverup for UAE in Matthew Hedges case

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.

Little Rock, Arkansas teachers’ union relinquishes due process rights

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.

New York teachers union pushes through concessions contract

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”

New York teachers angry as union hides givebacks in new contract

By Steve Light, 13 November 2018

School support workers vote to strike in rural district in Washington state

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.

The Little Rock Education Association stalls on strike action in Arkansas

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.

Chicago charter school teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

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

Union shuts down three-day strike by California health care and service workers

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.

Union, Democrats use “fact-finding” ploy to block Los Angeles teachers’ strike

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.

UC healthcare and service workers to begin three-day strike

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.

New York City teachers union attempts to rush through sellout contract

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.

San Diego State University and the military-university complex

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.

DSA covers for unions and Democrats in new book on walkout by West Virginia teachers

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.

#MeToo-style allegations used to oust popular University of Michigan professor

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.

Unions shut down Washington teacher strikes

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.

Texas special education students face teacher shortage and budget shortfall

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.

US schools hiring private companies to spy on students’ social media

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.

Teacher strike in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania wins broad support

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.

Washington state strikes continue as Tumwater teachers defy back-to-work order

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.

Teachers strike in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

By our reporter, 13 September 2018

The district’s teachers are being asked to shoulder increased health care costs.