Education in the US
By Isabelle Belanger, 29 November 2013
According to the US Department of Education, the number of homeless students increased by 10 percent in 2013, from 1,065,794 in 2012, to 1,168,354.
By Hector Cordon, 13 November 2013
The Portland, Oregon school district is demanding deep-going concessions from teachers.
By Douglas Lyons, 7 November 2013
Funding for public colleges in Pennsylvania is at the same level it was in 1997.
By Leon Gutierrez, 31 October 2013
Cutbacks in the local school district are part of a broader attack being carried out by both Republicans and Democrats.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 October 2013
A Philadelphia student died September 25 from an asthma attack suffered at William C. Bryant Elementary School, which had no nurse on duty that day.
By Kristina Betinis, 16 October 2013
City leaders in Chicago plan to close additional public schools while opening new private charter schools.
By Sandy English, 23 September 2013
On September 17, New York City police attacked students who were protesting the teaching appointment of David Petraeus, former head of the CIA and architect of the bloody surge in Iraq in 2007, arresting six.
By Jack Cody and Marc Wells, 14 September 2013
The new law is the latest in a series aimed at victimizing teachers and reducing their rights.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 September 2013
Classes opened for students in the Philadelphia public school system on Monday amid one of the deepest financial crisis the district has ever faced.
By Samuel Davidson, 10 September 2013
The Shaler School District is demanding concessions in health care and a pay freeze for the first year of the contract for 390 teachers and professional workers.
By Andre Damon, 30 August 2013
K-12 students are returning to schools throughout the US with larger class sizes, reduced staffs, expanded standardized testing, and the gutting of arts and humanities programs.
Amid cuts and closures
By Jeff Lusanne and Kristina Betinis, 27 August 2013
The 2013 school year in Chicago begins with 50 fewer schools, 3,000 fewer teachers and staff, and sharply reduced classroom funding.
By Andre Damon, 24 August 2013
Speaking Thursday in upstate New York, Obama presented a program to slash funding in the name of “lowering tuition.”
By Isabelle Belanger, 24 August 2013
Steep budget cuts accompanied by the damaging impact of standardized testing are undermining funding for school libraries and professionally certified school librarians.
By Andre Damon, 21 August 2013
Earlier this year, the British Economist magazine reported that, according to its analysis, fully one quarter of the world’s young people are neither employed nor studying.
By Leon Gutierrez and Nick Barrickman, 16 August 2013
The schools are moving to reduce hours for all adjunct staff, leaving many instructors without health care coverage and reducing their pay as well.
By Allison Smith and Phyllis Scherrer, 5 August 2013
Major corporations are cashing in on lucrative school district contracts related to the implementation of the new “Common Core” curriculum.
By Bryan Dyne, 2 August 2013
The law allows interest rates for some student loans to rise to more than 10 percent.
By Christopher Davion, 27 July 2013
The US Senate bill would effectively tie the interest rates for federal student loans to the financial markets, further saddling students and their families with higher levels of debt.
By Shannon Jones, 26 July 2013
The Buena Vista and Inkster are being dissolved and their students transferred to other districts, in the latest attack on public education in the state.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 July 2013
The proposed plan would severely compromise the library’s role as one of the leading research institutions in the world, along with the public’s access to library facilities.
By Fred Mazelis, 24 July 2013
NYU, the largest private university in New York, has recently attracted attention for its lavish spending on perks for “star” professors and top administrators.
By Jeff Lusanne, 20 July 2013
On Friday, Chicago Public Schools laid of 2,113 more teachers and staff, bringing the total summer layoffs to 3,500 as the district implements the largest round of school closings in US history.
By Julien Kiemle, 19 July 2013
A bipartisan group of Senators announced a plan that would allow interest rates on both subsidized and unsubsidized student loans to rise.
By Andre Damon, 13 July 2013
As millions of students prepare to return to college this fall, the already intolerable burden of student debt is being increased.
By Julien Kiemle, 13 July 2013
The action against City College of San Francisco, the largest community college in the US, may lead to its closure.
By Andre Damon, 12 July 2013
US senators say they have reached a deal that would increase the interest rates of federally subsidized student loans
By Usman Clemens, 6 July 2013
The increase will result in a $900 hike for a full-time resident undergraduate.
By Zac Corrigan, 2 July 2013
The interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans doubled on Monday, rising from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.
By Katie Hughes, 25 June 2013
Parents of medically fragile children have been informed that Portland Public Schools are no longer legally responsible for schooling their children.
By Julien Kiemle, 25 June 2013
Michigan’s state legislature has passed a bill that will allow the state’s small school district heads to shut down their schools in response to budget deficits.
By Alexander Fangmann, 20 June 2013
On June 14, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the first wave of layoffs—a total of 663 teachers, teaching assistants and aides—as part of the impending closure of 50 schools.
By our team of reporters, 18 June 2013
SEP Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier spoke with protestors at Northwestern High School to discuss the nature of so-called “self-governing” schools
By Katie Hughes and Hector Cordon, 17 June 2013
The Portland School board has demanded drastic concessions in contract negotiations.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 June 2013
The “doomsday” budget passed last month will devastate the Philadelphia public school system.
By Gabriel Black, 8 June 2013
A California bill that speeds up and streamlines the process for firing teachers has moved to the state senate.
By John Marion, 8 June 2013
The layoffs represent almost 14 percent of the school district’s existing workforce.
By Steve Light and Philip Guelpa, 7 June 2013
Democrats and United Federation of Teacher bureaucrats have forced through a new, right-wing evaluation program on teachers and students in New York City.
By Shane Feratu, 7 June 2013
As in many other states, Illinois school districts have struggled under years of classroom cuts, pay freezes, and elimination of benefits for teachers.
By Nick Barrickman, 4 June 2013
Under a plan approved May 30, Philadelphia schools will be deprived of many needed essentials, including learning programs, supplies and staff.
By Leon Gutierrez and Trent Novak, 1 June 2013
On Friday, US President Barack Obama unveiled his administration’s proposal for student loan borrowers.
By Shannon Jones, 31 May 2013
Schools in the district outside Saginaw reopened May 20 after a two-week closure.
By Andre Damon, 30 May 2013
The announcement by the Chicago Board of Education last week that 49 of the city’s schools will shut down, in the largest school closing in US history, marks a new stage in the offensive against public education.
By Jake Dean, 28 May 2013
Ellie Rubenstein, a teacher from Highland Park, Illinois, submitted her resignation in a speech on YouTube last week.
By David Brown, 27 May 2013
During the first year of operation, the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System has failed to meet numerous state standards regarding special education.
By Kristina Betinis, 23 May 2013
The City of Chicago announced the closing of more than 49 public schools, facilitated by the Chicago Teachers Union and its political allies, including the International Socialist Organization.
By Nick Barrickman, 23 May 2013
The District of Columbia possesses the highest concentration of charter schools of any city in the United States save for New Orleans.
By Naomi Spencer, 20 May 2013
Nearly 50 Michigan school districts are operating with a deficit.
By Alexander Fangmann, 18 May 2013
The Chicago Teachers Union, whose leaders include members of the International Socialist Organization, is seeking to stifle opposition to school closings by promoting racial politics.
By Nick Barrickman, 18 May 2013
A proposed injunction to halt the closure of one in ten public schools in the District of Columbia has been denied in federal court.
By Shannon Jones, 16 May 2013
The state of Michigan restored funding to the district after the school board agreed to a drastic deficit reduction plan.
By a WSWS reporting team, 14 May 2013
The district has agreed to massive budget cuts as a condition for receiving state aid.
By Nick Barrickman, 14 May 2013
City officials have seized upon the school system’s $300 million budget deficit to demand further cutbacks in education.
By A. Woodson, 13 May 2013
Students began a sit-in to protest the imposition of tuition at one of the few remaining free institutions of higher learning in the US.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 May 2013
Ypsilanti teachers expressed shock and anger over the mass layoff and worsening social conditions.
By Adam Sagitov, 10 May 2013
Reclassifying the majority of D.C. public schools as “small schools” will reduce their funding by $8 million.
By Zac Corrigan, 9 May 2013
Many questions remain unanswered following the closure of schools in the small community outside of Saginaw.
By Bryan Dyne, 9 May 2013
One quarter of Walled Lake Consolidated School District bus drivers called in sick Wednesday to protest the sell-off of their jobs.
By Jerry White, 7 May 2013
Obama administration Education Secretary Arne Duncan joined Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder on Monday to promote the attack on teachers and public education.
By Naomi Spencer, 3 May 2013
On Friday, teachers at Ypsilanti Public Schools and neighboring Willow Run Community Schools, just west of Detroit, will be notified whether they will be rehired next year to fill fewer positions in a new unified district.
By Trent Novak, 30 April 2013
Beginning on July 1, interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans for college undergraduates are expected to double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent.
By Zac Corrigan, 27 April 2013
The percentage of 25-year-olds with student debt has grown by nearly one third, and the average amount owed has risen by 91 percent.
By Danielle DeSaxe, 16 April 2013
The Obama administration has announced that Head Start, a federally funded program that provides preschool for low-income families, will face cuts.
By Dan Brennan, 11 April 2013
Hundreds of high school students in Newark, New Jersey walked out of class Tuesday to protest millions of dollars in education cuts.
By Allison Smith and Phyllis Scherrer, 11 April 2013
Common Core standards are being implemented in K-12 classrooms across the US this year. They have been promoted by the Obama administration, corporations and teachers’ unions.
By our reporter, 11 April 2013
A kindergarten teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District in Southern California spoke with the WSWS about the impact of the Common Core curriculum.
By Zac Corrigan, 11 April 2013
Various state programs divert an ever-increasing amount of funding from the public education system to private schools.
By Kristina Betinis and Jeff Lusanne, 10 April 2013
The overwhelming majority of those hit by the shutdown of public schools in Chicago come from poor and low-income families.
By Khara Sikhan, 10 April 2013
Rising numbers of US teenagers feel compelled to join the workforce to supplement strained household budgets.
By Juan Verala Luz and Marc Wells, 9 April 2013
Proposed California Assembly Bill 375, sponsored by Democrats and supported by the union, expedites the firing of teachers.
By Steve Filips, 6 April 2013
State aid to public schools has not increased at a rate that will prevent many districts from laying off staff.
Letter from Washington, DC
5 April 2013
The WSWS received this letter from a teacher in Washington, D.C., where school administrations are targeting one in ten public schools for closure.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 3 April 2013
The types of practices exposed in Atlanta are the inevitable outcome of the reactionary drive to dismantle public education in the name of “reform.”
By Niles Williamson, 1 April 2013
Community colleges are experiencing declining enrollment due to historic cuts to state funding, while demand for a community college education is at record highs.
By Kevin Martinez, 1 April 2013
For the fifth year in a row, thousands of layoff notices were sent out to teachers in mid-March across California.
By Zac Corrigan, 1 April 2013
State governments in the US have cut funding to public higher education by 28 percent since the beginning of the recession.
By Elliott Vernon, 30 March 2013
Camden, among the poorest cities in the US, became the fourth city in New Jersey to see its public schools fall under state control.
Protest against school closures in Chicago
By Jeff Lusanne and Shane Feratu, 29 March 2013
The school closure plan—one of the largest in US history—is the direct outcome of the CTU's betrayal of the teachers strike.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 27 March 2013
This statement is being distributed at a demonstration of Chicago teachers today.
By a WSWS reporting team, 26 March 2013
On March 21, the city of Chicago announced the closure of 61 public schools and the “turnaround” of 6 others, where all teachers and staff are fired and school management is privatized.
By Alexander Fangmann, 25 March 2013
The announcement of plans to shut down 61 schools in Chicago, Illinois marks a new stage in the social counterrevolution in America.
By Phyllis Scherrer and Samuel Davidson, 25 March 2013
Teachers, parents and students in Strongsville, Ohio rallied last week as instructors concluded the third week of their strike.
By Shane Feratu, 23 March 2013
The elimination of 13 percent of Chicago public school buildings is one of the largest mass school closures in US history.
By Kristina Betinis, 23 March 2013
After the closure of 61 schools was announced by the Chicago public schools district, Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis made clear that the union supports shutting schools.
By Phyllis Scherrer, 18 March 2013
Teachers entered the second week of their strike in Strongsville, Ohio, as a federal mediator called for talks.
16 March 2013
Chicago parents and students speak on the need for a struggle to defend public education.
By Steve Light, Alan Whyte and and A. Woodson, 14 March 2013
More New York City school closings and co-locations were approved by the Bloomberg-controlled Panel on Educational Policy, in defiance of the views of the majority of parents and teachers.
By Marcus Day, 11 March 2013
Building and food service workers at University of Illinois voted down a proposed contract over the weekend and walked off the job Monday morning.
By Nancy Hanover, 11 March 2013
Student loan debt securities are in hot demand from investors, as student debt levels reach new highs. Sequester cuts will add to the burden.
By Nick Barrickman, 9 March 2013
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to close several dozen public schools in the city by the end of June.
By Phyllis Scherrer, 7 March 2013
The Strongsville, Ohio school board is seeking the elimination of seniority protections and changes to pension and health care plans.
By Dan Conway, 22 February 2013
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and several high-profile donors are spending millions of dollars to elect “pro-reform” candidates to the board of education in Los Angeles.
By Kristina Betinis, 18 February 2013
Hundreds of parents, students and teachers have attended meetings in Chicago, Illinois on the imminent closure of over 100 schools.
By Charles Bogle and Fred Mazelis, 18 February 2013
A review article on A People’s History of the US in the current issue of American Educator lays bare the union leadership’s slavish support for American capitalism.
By Gabriel Black, 15 February 2013
Under the cloak of a small increase in school funding, the budget opens the way for the dramatic expansion of charter schools.
By Dan Conway and Itza Cantu, 15 February 2013
The “Parent Revolution” organization manipulates parent discontent to charterize struggling Los Angeles public schools.
By Andre Damon, 13 February 2013
The assault on New York City school bus workers by Mayor Michael Bloomberg is part of a nation-wide campaign to dismantle public education.
By Samuel Davidson, 11 February 2013
Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett is seeking deep cuts to basic programs and tax breaks for business.
By Naomi Spencer, 8 February 2013
The layoff of 100 professors at Bowling Green State University will mean fewer classes, heavier workloads for faculty, and delays in graduation times.