The Defense of Public Education

The State, Business and Education: How rapacious corporations are dismantling public education globally

By Erika Zimmer, 16 February 2019

Billionaires, global tech companies and national governments are imposing a profit-driven, user-pays system.

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.

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.

Committee for Public Education (Australia): Support the fight against GM layoffs!

By the Committee for Public Education (CFPE), 9 February 2019

The February 9 demonstration, organised independently of the unions, provides a lead for all workers internationally, including teachers.

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.

Lack of teachers, work overload undermine Dutch education system

By Harm Zonderland, 5 February 2019

A survey held amongst teachers exposes the disastrous working conditions in the primary schools, high schools and universities of the Netherlands.

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.

Berlin teachers and social workers strike for better working conditions

By our reporters, 31 January 2019

The unions have long worked with the parties that form the Berlin Senate to impose cuts.

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.

Indian state government fires hundreds of teachers as Tamil Nadu strike faces a crossroads

By Arun Kumar, 30 January 2019

By isolating striking teachers and government workers, the JACTTO-GEO, which has hundreds of thousands of members, has allowed the state government to intensify its anti-democratic attacks.

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.

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.

Ontario guts financial aid for low-income students

By Roger Jordan, 24 January 2019

Outraged students have called a rally in Toronto tomorrow to protest the gutting of student aid—the latest volley in the Ford government’s war on the working class.

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.

Scottish teachers balloted for strike action in pay dispute

By Darren Paxton, 23 January 2019

Teachers in Scotland are demanding a 10 percent pay increase, having rejected on several occasions the Scottish government’s offer of a paltry 3 percent.

“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.

Scottish lecturers expand strike for pay claim

By our correspondents, 18 January 2019

Lecturers are demanding a 2.5 percent increase, which merely covers for inflation, against an offer from the employers group Colleges Scotland of 0.9 percent.

The global class struggle in 2019

By Joseph Kishore, 16 January 2019

The year 2019 is beginning with a wave of strikes, demonstrations and other manifestations of class struggle around the world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

US teacher unions’ “Remember in November” fizzles

By J. Cooper, 17 November 2018

After sabotaging the teachers’ strike movement last spring, the teachers unions turned all energy toward the ballot box. What happened?

Australian teacher unions’ phoney campaign against NAPLAN

By Erika Zimmer, 16 November 2018

The teacher unions have no principled opposition to the high-stakes testing agenda, while Australian teachers have opposed it from the start.

French teachers mobilize against Macron’s attacks on education

By Anthony Torres, 15 November 2018

Monday’s strike was the first day of action called by the education unions since 2011.

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.

Tens of thousands of teachers demonstrate in Glasgow for better pay

By Robert Stevens, 29 October 2018

The demonstration was far larger than the EIS anticipated and shows the desire of teachers to fight back against pay cuts.

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.

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.

Australian “edu-business” set to profit under Gonski 2.0

By Erika Zimmer, 13 October 2018

Gonski 2.0 advocates an even more regressive testing regime than the NAPLAN model implemented by the Rudd Labor government in 2008.

Argentine teachers facing massive pay cuts strike for 48 hours

By Andrea Lobo, 12 October 2018

Teachers face losing a quarter of their real wages this year, while Macri’s austerity policies threaten to cut funding for public education by up to 40 percent in real terms.

Los Angeles teachers union continues to delay strike action as negotiations proceed

By Dan Conway, 6 October 2018

The union for Los Angeles teachers is fighting to block strike action, despite teachers working without a contract and authorizing a strike.

Australian government hands private schools another $4.6 billion

By David Cohen, 6 October 2018

The latest windfall will accelerate the gulf between well-resourced private schools and cash-starved public schools in one of the world’s most unequal education systems.

3,000 Dutch public service workers protest in The Hague

By our reporters, 5 October 2018

Anger over high levels of social inequality in the Netherlands swelled after the neo-liberal-conservative coalition government announced the abolition of the country’s tax on dividends.

UK government attempt to gag teachers as cuts deepen

By Tania Kent, 21 September 2018

The government reaction must be seen as a warning: not only will school cuts continue unabated but that they will move forcefully against any attempts to block their austerity agenda.

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.

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.

Police suppress protest over schools in debt-ridden Chinese city

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 10 September 2018

The immediate reason for the protest was a local government decision to cut costs in government schools by relocating all fifth and sixth grade students to private schools.

Seattle Education Association pushes through sellout deal

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.

Striking Tacoma, Washington, teachers demand better pay, funding for education

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.

As union seeks to wrap up strikes, Washington teachers rally and call for statewide walkout

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.

Los Angeles teachers vote 98 percent for strike authorization

By Kimie Saito, 1 September 2018

For the first time in almost 30 years, Los Angeles teachers vote overwhelmingly for strike action.

Seattle teachers vote to authorize strike

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.

US education secretary floats plan to use federal funds to arm teachers

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.

More Washington state teachers strike as unions seek to contain struggle

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.

Teachers across Washington state demand strike action and big pay increases

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.

Macron’s education cuts deny admission to thousands of French university students

By Kumaran Ira, 27 August 2018

The measure aims to make universities more competitive and to prepare their privatization.

Teachers across Washington state prepare to strike over wages and conditions

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.

Los Angeles teachers vote on strike authorization

By Dan Conway, 24 August 2018

After working without a contract for 13 months, Los Angeles teachers are taking a strike authorization vote.

Puerto Rico’s teachers hold one-day strike

By Shelley Connor, 24 August 2018

Puerto Rico teachers began the school year with a one-day protest against privatization and crumbling schools.

As students return to school, US teachers face nationwide struggle to defend education

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.

Teacher hostility grows to Michigan Department of Education’s curriculum changes

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.

Puerto Rican teachers’ anger builds against privatization, firings and lack of pay raises

By Shelley Connor, 14 August 2018

Teachers have had no pay raises in the past 10 years, classes are overcrowded and hundreds of teachers are starting the school year with no knowledge of where they will be placed.

Mass exodus of South Carolina teachers continues

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.

Arizona teachers return to classrooms with limited gains and broken promises

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.

Stalemate on takeover of Kentucky’s largest school district

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.

New Zealand teachers join growing wages movement

By our reporters, 6 August 2018

In a rebuff to the union leadership, 50,000 primary school teachers voted to strike on August 15.

Five months after strike, West Virginia teachers say “nothing has changed”

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.

Australian government pushes cuts to student loan scheme

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 June 2018

The Liberal-National government is seeking to force increasingly poverty-stricken young people to repay student debts.

Peruvian teachers strike in defiance of government ban

By Cesar Uco, 22 June 2018

The teachers’ strike has been joined by walkouts of railroad, public transit and other workers as economic conditions continue to deteriorate in Peru.

Rural school closings devastate Wisconsin communities

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.

Teachers must prepare for struggle when schools reopen

Oakland Education Association announces contract negotiation impasse

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.

Louisiana teachers support strike for wage increase

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.”

As unions try to block further walkouts

US education secretary pledges to escalate war on teachers

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.

Teachers and public workers protest in South Carolina

By Hiram Lee, 21 May 2018

Workers held signs that read, “Teachers need to eat too!”, “My income won’t pay my student loans!”