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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Kristina Betinis, 6 February 2019
Kathleen Gomez was mourned by family and friends at her home on Tuesday evening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 31 January 2019
The unions have long worked with the parties that form the Berlin Senate to impose cuts.
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.
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.
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.
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
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 16 January 2019
“They keep saying, ‘There’s no money, there’s no money.’ That’s a lie.”
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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?
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.
By Anthony Torres, 15 November 2018
Monday’s strike was the first day of action called by the education unions since 2011.
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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 Kumaran Ira, 27 August 2018
The measure aims to make universities more competitive and to prepare their privatization.
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 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.
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 our reporters, 6 August 2018
In a rebuff to the union leadership, 50,000 primary school teachers voted to strike on August 15.
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 Oscar Grenfell, 29 June 2018
The Liberal-National government is seeking to force increasingly poverty-stricken young people to repay student debts.
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.
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
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 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
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!”