Education in the US
As teachers narrowly ratify concessions deal
By J. Cooper, 2 August 2017
Detroit public schools will lose millions of dollars due to continuing handouts to the city’s billionaire developers.
By our reporters, 24 July 2017
The small turnout shows popular alienation from the unions, which have colluded in the attacks on teachers and public education.
By Harvey Simpkins, 4 July 2017
The cuts in Fairfax County, Virginia, which follow steep cuts last year, will affect class sizes, after-school programs and teacher hiring.
By Phyllis Steele, 3 July 2017
The Detroit Federation of Teachers is attempting to impose yet another round of concessions on teachers who have suffered years of givebacks, layoffs and eroding school conditions.
An assault on free speech
By Josh Varlin, 1 July 2017
Professor Johnny Eric Williams’ suspension after a right-wing media campaign is a grave attack on academic freedom and democratic rights.
By Walter Gilberti, 30 June 2017
The supposed reform of pensions in Michigan is part of a broader attack aimed at rolling back all the gains won by workers in decades of struggle.
By Jake Dean, 15 June 2017
While the contracts are set to expire at the same time there is no attempt by the teachers unions to wage a unified struggle against the wholesale assault on public education.
By Jake Dean, 7 June 2017
A majority of schools examined so far have tested positive for elevated levels of lead in drinking water.
By Nancy Hanover, 7 June 2017
The New York Times comes to the defense of Trump’s school privatizer.
“This is a new world we’re seeing with Betsy DeVos”
By Debra Watson, 5 June 2017
Teachers at the Southfield, Michigan school learned only last week that Renaissance, which calls itself a school turn-around specialist, has run out of money.
By Genevieve Leigh, 5 June 2017
After speaking out against a campus event in which all white students and faculty were “invited” to leave campus, Bret Weinstein was denounced by a group of students who have called for his resignation.
Tuition hikes implemented throughout the United States, placing ever growing financial burden on students
By Kayla Costa, 3 June 2017
Students returning to school can expect to pay even more on top of already unaffordable tuition rates.
By Hector Cordon, 30 May 2017
52,000 students at two Oregon colleges will resume school in the fall burdened with hundreds of dollars in additional tuition, fees, housing and food costs.
By Nancy Hanover, 30 May 2017
While Ravitch highlights the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party in criticizing the Trump administration's attack on public education, she has herself been an unswerving supporter of the Democrats.
By Evan Blake, 29 May 2017
The Trump-DeVos federal education budget seeks to cut $9.2 billion in spending through the elimination of 22 major programs and significant reductions in many others.
By Dan Conway, 23 May 2017
The LAUSD school board election highlighted the role of America’s oligarchs pushing for privatization and the discrediting of the teacher unions.
By Norisa Diaz and Toby Reese, 23 May 2017
Some 1,500 educators and support staff in the San Diego Unified School District have been finishing the school year with apprehension that they may not have a job next fall.
By Phyllis Steele, 22 May 2017
So egregious were the school board’s demands that the Detroit Federation of Teachers executive board could not bring it back to rank-and-file educators.
By Marissa Ross, 20 May 2017
The announcement of unprecedented mass closures sparked outrage among students, parents and educators across the state.
By Shelley Connor, 19 May 2017
The budget would eliminate student loan forgiveness programs while simultaneously allocating millions of dollars to student debt collection and charter schools.
By Nancy Hanover, 15 May 2017
Addressing venture capitalists last week, DeVos made common cause with school privatizers looking to cash in on a “mind-boggling trillion dollar” education market.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 May 2017
The Emanuel administration is aiming to make an example of Chambers to intimidate and silence teachers who oppose education cuts, high-stakes testing and school privatization.
By Daniel de Vries, 11 May 2017
A principal and two teachers are under investigation for alleged “communist activity.”
By Kathleen Martin, 5 May 2017
Higher education, seen as a key to social mobility in the US, is becoming increasingly unattainable to a growing section of the American working class.
By Alexander Fangmann, 4 May 2017
Tenured and tenure-track faculty have been without a contract for 20 months and are demanding contract protections for tenure and promotion.
By Alexander Fangmann, 1 May 2017
Republican governor Bruce Rauner, abetted by the Democratic Party, is using the budget impasse to force through wide-ranging cuts and consolidations.
By Kayla Costa and Genevieve Leigh, 21 April 2017
The decision to halt plans for a single vendor to service student loans, a process started under Obama, marks an escalation of the attack on public education and indebted students.
By Fred Mazelis, 19 April 2017
The Excelsior Scholarship will reach only a small number of students, and will not cover most of the expenses associated with attending college.
By Nancy Hanover, 18 April 2017
A look at the ideological and political history of Candice Jackson, named by US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to head up the education department’s Office of Civil Rights.
By Kristina Betinis, 11 April 2017
Just hours before a scheduled vote on a one-day walkout union head Karen Lewis announced, “No, we’re not striking.”
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 11 April 2017
There is widespread opposition to the layoffs of 1,500 teachers and staff, but to fight, school workers must build a political movement against the squandering of resources on war and the interests of the super-rich.
By Philip Andrea and Genevieve Leigh, 10 April 2017
A new analysis by the Consumer Federation of America shows that the total amount of student debt owed has tripled in the last decade to a staggering $1.3 trillion.
By Kathleen Martin, 8 April 2017
Tuition hikes and funding cutbacks have effectively educationally crippled millions of working class students and youth.
By Nancy Hanover, 1 April 2017
DeVos hailed Trump’s budget proposal to cut $12 billion from the Department of Education.
By Kristina Betinis, 30 March 2017
As part of the latest round of cuts, the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel has threatened to end the school year nearly three weeks early.
By Norisa Diaz and Archie Stone, 25 March 2017
The WSWS spoke with some of the educators who received pink slips earlier this month at informational meetings held by the San Diego Education Association.
By Esther Galen, 22 March 2017
The budget proposed by the White House slashes education funding but adds $1.4 billion to promote private and charter schools and school vouchers.
By Esther Galen, 21 March 2017
The budget proposed by the White House slashes public education funding but adds $1.4 billion to promote private and charter schools and school vouchers.
By Dan Conway, 18 March 2017
The layoffs are part of an ongoing attempt to gut public education in the nation’s second largest school district.
By George Gallanis, 16 March 2017
While school workers have demonstrated their determination to fight, behind the scenes AFSCME officials are seeking to cut a deal that will accept the bulk of management’s demands.
By Phyllis Steele, 13 March 2017
Public school teachers are being scapegoated for the school problems produced by poverty and decades of educational cutbacks.
By Alan Whyte, 10 March 2017
NYU has been intransigent in its opposition to adjuncts’ demands despite the fact the university has an endowment of about $3.5 billion.
By George Gallanis, 8 March 2017
The AFSCME union is limiting the action to a three-day walkout to blow off steam and curtail the growing combativeness of workers.
By Khara Sikhan, 8 March 2017
After a statewide outcry, Michigan temporarily backed away from school closures even as Betsy DeVos’s home state paves the way for a nationwide assault on public education.
By Kevin Martinez, 6 March 2017
School Board Trustees who approved the layoffs cited the district’s $124 million budget deficit.
By Fred Mazelis, 4 March 2017
The president of CCNY was forced to resign last October after she was targeted in a corruption probe which continues to expand.
By Isaac Finn, 4 March 2017
An IYSSE representative recently sat down with NYU professor Bertell Ollman to discuss the issues around the club application process at NYU.
By Nancy Hanover, 3 March 2017
Young people across the US, opposing the Trump administration’s raids, roundups and arrests, have become outspoken in their defense of the democratic rights of all ethnicities and nationalities.
“If you don’t have an education, you don’t have a life”
By Nancy Hanover, 23 February 2017
Teachers spoke to the WSWS on the Trump administration and the attack on public education.
“If you attack one school, you attack them all”
By Shannon Jones, 20 February 2017
As opposition mounts to the threat by state officials to close dozens of schools in Detroit and other cities, the unions and Democrats are stepping in to smother it.
By Ron Barzel and Brad Dixon, 20 February 2017
The current deficit amounts to 10 percent of the entire budget for the Baltimore City school system, which has an enrollment of around 82,000 students.
By Jerry White, 10 February 2017
Nowhere in the realm of domestic policy is the continuity between Trump and previous administrations seen more than in the assault on public education conducted by both parties.
Confirmation vote as farce: Senate approves billionaire enemy of public schools as secretary of education
By Niles Niemuth, 8 February 2017
Betsy DeVos, who “earned” the position through her family’s donation of $200 million to support Republican candidates, is a supporter of charter schools and privatization.
By Isaac Finn, 27 January 2017
The US military/intelligence apparatus exercises immense influence over the school’s political and intellectual life.
By Isabelle Belanger, 25 January 2017
The Senate will vote January 31 on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, the billionaire proponent of school privatization.
By Seb Gomez, 24 January 2017
Student loan collector Navient faces allegations of misleading borrowers and other illegal practices that increased the loan repayment costs for millions.
By our reporters, 11 January 2017
Teamsters Local 2010, which represents over 12,000 UC administrative, support and clerical staff, staged a limited one-day strike Tuesday.
An attempt to appease anger over student loan debt
By Josh Varlin, 11 January 2017
Whether or not Cuomo’s proposal is enacted this year, it is clearly aimed at appeasing the anger among workers and young people at growing inequality and attacks on living standards.
By Nancy Hanover, 14 December 2016
Under the banner of “free enterprise,” Trump’s pick for education secretary has combined religious obscurantism with American hucksterism and the promotion of militarism.
By Matthew MacEgan, 14 December 2016
A new report shows that more than 400 universities across the United States now have food pantries to help financially distressed students get the nutrition they need.
By Nancy Hanover, 13 December 2016
Under the banner of “free enterprise,” the DeVos family has combined religious obscurantism and bigotry with American hucksterism, exploitation, tax dodging and the promotion of militarism.
By Alexander Fangmann, 6 December 2016
Rauner’s veto, which could result in deep school cuts, was widely expected by the Chicago Teachers Union, which concealed this from teachers in order to block a strike and push through concessions.
By Eric London, 26 November 2016
An organization that billionaire Betsy DeVos led and financed for a decade recently published an article advocating the return of child labor.
Unions, aided by the pseudo-left, push through poverty-level wage deals
By Mike Ingram, 23 November 2016
The strike by Harvard dining workers provides political lessons for others facing poverty-level wage deals negotiated by the unions with the support of ostensibly left organizations.
By Alex Gonzalez, 21 November 2016
Segregation in Virginia public schools has increased by 60 percent since 2003.
By Alexander Fangmann, 3 November 2016
The Chicago Teachers Union on Tuesday announced the ratification of a concessions-laden contract.
By Kristina Betinis, 31 October 2016
The decision by the Chicago Teachers Union to delay the vote by two days, supposedly to allow teachers to read the contract, is an indication that there is widespread opposition.
Mobilize the working class to defend public education
By the Socialist Equality Party, 26 October 2016
The agreement, fraudulently presented as a “fair deal” by the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools system, is a further attack on teachers and public education.
As school funding cuts continue
By Nancy Hanover, 24 October 2016
A new report throws into sharp relief both the advanced stage of decay of American public school education and the hostility to it of both Trump and Clinton.
By Samuel Davidson, 22 October 2016
Union leaders ordered 5,500 striking faculty and coaches to take down picket lines Friday, caving in to management demands for salary and benefit cuts.
By Samuel Davidson and Douglas Lyons, 20 October 2016
The strike by Pennsylvania faculty is an expression of growing social opposition among different sections of workers in the run-up to the US election.
By our reporter, 20 October 2016
Both district officials and union leaders are hailing as a success a contract that will escalate the attack on teachers, while paving the way for the closure of more public schools.
By Jeff Lusanne, 20 October 2016
The American Federation of Teachers has helped craft a new contract for charter school teachers in Chicago that mirrors a concessions contract accepted for public school teachers.
By Eric London, 19 October 2016
A tentative agreement announced by the Chicago Teachers Union, and praised by the ISO, would mark a new stage in the attack on teachers and on public education.
By Kate Randall and Mike Ingram, 18 October 2016
Harvard students walked out of classes Friday in support of dining room service workers who have been on strike for 12 days.
By Phyllis Steele, 18 October 2016
Teachers rejected a contract backed by the unions and the entire political establishment that would accelerate the attack on public education.
By Mike Ingram, 15 October 2016
The ongoing strike by Harvard dining workers has led to concerns over food safety amid reports of under-cooked food being served to students.
By Marcus Day, 13 October 2016
The ISO-led Chicago Teachers Union is doing everything in its power to force its second concessions contract in four years onto angry and defiant teachers.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 October 2016
As teachers angrily denounce concessions in the CTU’s tentative agreement, the International Socialist Organization is painting the settlement as a victory against Rahm Emanuel.
By Kristina Betinis, 11 October 2016
The agreement was announced before midnight in order to prevent a strike and risk a rebellion by teachers against the Democratic Party ahead of the presidential elections.
By Clement Daly, 8 October 2016
Following the imposition of deep budget cuts to public education, many students lack basic science textbooks.
By Joe McGee, 7 October 2016
The number of schools in the rural county would be reduced from 18 to 11, leaving only two high schools open.
By Kate Randall, 6 October 2016
The strike by Harvard University Dining Services workers is the first since 1983, and the first ever during the academic year.
By Samuel Davidson, 6 October 2016
Professors and faculty members at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-run universities have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike against cuts to health benefits and the expanded use of adjunct professors.
By Nancy Hanover, 1 October 2016
On Wednesday Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette ruled that dozens of “failing” public schools in Detroit could face closure at the end of the school year.
As union heads scramble to settle
By Kristina Betinis, 30 September 2016
After nearly a year and a half without a contract, the teachers union has set a walkout date for October 11.
By Alan Whyte, 19 September 2016
The union, which has pledged not to strike through the 2016-1017 school year, also agreed to mediation in future negotiations for a settlement.
By Nancy Hanover, 19 September 2016
Educators greeted the agreement with anger and skepticism in the face of the concerted attempts by the union to derail their struggles over the course of the last year.
By Nancy Hanover, 12 September 2016
The American Federation of Teachers is demanding that educators acquiesce to low pay, overcrowded classrooms, unsafe buildings and more school closures.
By Douglas Lyons, 10 September 2016
Pennsylvania charter schools are siphoning away more funds from public schools than they spend on students.
By Daniel de Vries and Allen Whyte, 9 September 2016
LIU’s action marks the first time a university has used a lockout to impose concessions on faculty.
By a WSWS reporting team, 9 September 2016
Faculty and students spoke with the WSWS about LIU’s lockout of 400 faculty members at the beginning of the fall semester.
By Marissa Ross, 8 September 2016
Detroit teachers received contract “highlights” at a mass meeting called by the Detroit Federation of Teachers and will begin voting next week.
By Nick Barrickman, 8 September 2016
The closure of the for-profit school’s 130 US-based campuses came after an investigation questioned the institution’s organizational integrity, financial viability and academic standards.
As new school year begins
By Evan Blake, 6 September 2016
Whether Trump or Clinton wins the election, they will escalate the attacks on public education and the growing movement of teachers, parents and students to defend this social right.
By Phyllis Steele, 31 August 2016
The Cleveland Teachers Union called off Thursday’s strike to prevent a confrontation with the Democrats and the Obama administration’s attack on public education.
By John Marion, 29 August 2016
The schools district’s attack on teachers will be accompanied by a November ballot initiative to increase the cap on charter schools across Massachusetts.
By Jerry White, 29 August 2016
More than 5,000 teachers have voted to strike over “performance pay” and other attacks in America’s second poorest big city.
By Marissa Ross and Nancy Hanover, 25 August 2016
In the wake of the dissolution of the DPS and the launching of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, the court case against teacher protests has been wrapped up.
By Steve Light, 24 August 2016
Democrats and Republicans are aiding the privatization of public education by seeking to exemptions for charter schools from state regulations.