Education in the US

Columbia University teaching assistants launch week-long strike

By Daniel de Vries, 26 April 2018

Striking teaching and research assistants at the Ivy League school in New York City are the latest to join the worldwide upsurge of education workers.

State takeover looms for Kentucky’s largest school district

By J. Cooper, 26 April 2018

The newly appointed pro-charter school education commissioner, Wayne Lewis, says he will issue his decision by Monday.

NEA pushes through sellout a month after shutdown of Jersey City teachers’ strike

By Steve Light, 26 April 2018

The union acted quickly to isolate and shut down the Jersey City strike.

The teachers’ struggle spreads to Arizona and Colorado

By Jerry White, 25 April 2018

With the teachers’ struggle spreading, it is urgent that workers review the political lessons of the experience of educators in the first stage of this battle.

Teachers stage protests in lead-up to Arizona, Colorado walkouts this week

By Will Morrow, 24 April 2018

The union is seeking to turn the walkout into a “lobbying” day at the state capitol and prevent the spread of teacher strikes throughout the country by channeling opposition behind the election of Democrats.

Columbia University graduate students set to strike in New York City

By Josh Varlin, 24 April 2018

Graduate students at the New York City Ivy League university are striking after Columbia refused to bargain with the union.

Arizona teachers prepare for statewide strike

By Jerry White, 23 April 2018

As the week starts, teachers in Arizona and Colorado prepare walkouts as part of the rebellion of educators spreading across the US and internationally.

Arizona teachers vote to strike

By Jerry White, 20 April 2018

More than three-quarters of the 57,000 Arizona educators who cast ballots voted for strike action, which is scheduled to begin next Thursday.

Arizona teachers voting on state-wide walkout

By J. Cooper, 19 April 2018

Teachers are voting on whether to walk out over the governor’s pay offer, which falls far short of their demands.

The betrayal of the Oklahoma strike and lessons for the next stage of the teachers’ revolt

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 18 April 2018

The end of the strike, and the inevitability of a new social eruption, directly pose the need for workers to consciously work over the lessons of the struggle.

Unions shut down Oklahoma teachers strike

By Jerry White, 17 April 2018

The teachers’ courageous fight for improved wages and increased school funding for their students was betrayed by the Oklahoma Education Association and the Oklahoma City-American Federation of Teachers.

Colorado teachers join national wave of protests and walkouts

By Trévon Austin, 17 April 2018

Inspired by educators in other states, teachers protested Monday at the capitol building in Denver.

Oklahoma struggle continues as calls for teacher strikes spread across US

By Jerry White and Niles Niemuth, 16 April 2018

Over the weekend, teachers networked with each other to organize sickouts and other forms of protest as schools reopen today.

Kentucky teachers denounce governor for saying students were “sexually assaulted” due to walkout

By J. Cooper, 16 April 2018

The Kentucky legislature overrode the governor’s veto of a budget and tax bill, leaving in place bills taking millions from education.

Anger grows over union effort to sabotage Oklahoma teachers strike

By Jerry White, 14 April 2018

Thousands of teachers showed up at the state capitol Friday in a show of defiance against the unions and school officials trying to break their two-week strike.

“The unions are trying to shut down a growing nationwide movement”

Oklahoma teachers denounce Oklahoma Education Association’s move to end strike

By Niles Niemuth in Oklahoma City, 13 April 2018

Teachers reacted with anger and a determination to continue the strike following a back-to-work order announced by the OEA Thursday afternoon.

Union seeks to shut down strike: The way forward for Oklahoma teachers

By Jerry White, 13 April 2018

The formation of rank-and-file committees is the basis for taking the conduct of the struggle out of the hands of the anti-working class organizations that call themselves “unions.”

Oklahoma walkout in danger as Arizona, Kentucky teachers press for strike action

By Jerry White, 12 April 2018

Rank-and-file teachers took to social media to denounce the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) for trying to tamp down their demands and end the strike.

Oklahoma teachers’ strike continues as governor rejects funding demands

By Jerry White, 11 April 2018

The Oklahoma Education Association is trying to end the strike on the basis of a rotten deal that abandons the teachers’ main demands.

Mass turnout at state capitol as Oklahoma teachers’ strike enters second week

By Jerry White, 10 April 2018

The walkout shut down schools serving at least 500,000 of the state’s 700,000 public school students on Monday, and scores of districts have announced that schools will be closed Tuesday.

Nashville parents, teachers and students decry public school cuts

By Keisha Gibbs and Warren Duzak, 9 April 2018

Public schools in Nashville, Tennessee face cuts to free food programs and elimination of funding to schools with impoverished students.

Unions seek to hijack, shut down Oklahoma teachers strike as support for expanded struggle grows

By the Socialist Equality Party, 9 April 2018

As the strike by tens of thousands of Oklahoma teachers and support staff enters its second week, workers face a critical crossroads.

Oklahoma teachers strike to continue next week, after state Senate passes derisory funding bill

By Will Morrow, 7 April 2018

The Oklahoma Education Association, working in collaboration with Democratic and Republican lawmakers, is seeking to end the strike by Tuesday.

New York City bus drivers support striking Oklahoma teachers

By Steve Light and Alan Whyte, 7 April 2018

New York City bus operators interviewed by the WSWS expressed their support for the teachers strike in Oklahoma as well as their distrust of the role of the unions.

International Socialist Organization covers for union treachery in the teachers’ strikes

By Tom Hall, 7 April 2018

In a recent article, ISO writer Lee Sustar appeals to the trade unions to work with the pseudo-left to provide them with a “left” cover.

Teachers’ rebellion continues in Oklahoma and across the US

By Jerry White, 6 April 2018

As the strike by Oklahoma teachers enters its fifth day, protests, stoppages and demands for statewide walkouts by educators are spreading in Kentucky, Arizona and other states.

“We need to take inspiration from their courage”

Autoworkers speak in support of teachers struggle

By our reporters, 6 April 2018

Autoworkers in the greater Detroit area and Chicago voiced support for teachers who are defying the unions to take a stand in defense of public education.

“We need to stop putting profits above pupils”

As Oklahoma strike enters fourth day, students speak out in support of teachers

By Jerry White, 5 April 2018

Most school districts in the state have closed today because of the walkout, with many others cancelling classes through Friday.

Loyola Chicago adjunct faculty hold one-day strike

By Alexander Fangmann, 5 April 2018

The 350 liberal arts and other faculty were joined by several hundred students, alumni and other supporters.

Oklahoma teachers converging on capitol for third day of strike

By Jerry White, 4 April 2018

By early Tuesday evening, most of the state’s districts, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa, announced that schools would be closed Wednesday.

“This is not the civics lessons we’ve been teaching … we’re going to see more of this!”

Thousands of Kentucky teachers rally to oppose cuts

By J. Cooper, 4 April 2018

Not only teachers and school support staff, but parents, bus drivers, firefighters, emergency responders and others attended the rally at the state capitol.

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point students, faculty stage sit-in to protest cuts to humanities

By Jacob Crosse and Christopher Davion, 4 April 2018

The proposed slashing of humanities programs to cover a comparatively modest budget shortfall comes amid immense levels of social inequality and record profits for the wealthy.

Teachers’ rebellion spreads as tens of thousands strike in Oklahoma and Kentucky

By Joseph Kishore, 3 April 2018

The growing wave of unrest among educators requires not only the attention and support of all workers, but their active participation.

After 15,000 march on capitol, Oklahoma teachers’ strike enters second day

By Jerry White, 3 April 2018

Unable to stop the strike initiated by rank-and-file teachers, the unions are now seeking to prevent the walkout in Oklahoma from becoming a catalyst for a far broader strike.

“This needs to go to all 50 states”

Oklahoma teachers call for broadening of strike

By our reporters, 3 April 2018

WSWS reporters spoke to striking teachers, teachers’ assistants and other public employees who attended yesterday’s demonstration of more than 15,000 people.

Northern California teacher placed on leave after encouraging discussion of school shooting protests

By Dan Conway, 3 April 2018

Rocklin High School history teacher Julianne Benzel was disciplined after encouraging discussion over last month’s school shooting protests.

Oklahoma teachers strike as workers’ upsurge spreads in US

By Tom Hall, 2 April 2018

The courageous stand by Oklahoma teachers follows the nine-day strike in West Virginia, where educators’ defiance of the state government and the unions galvanized workers throughout the country and internationally.

Build rank-and-file committees to unite with teachers in Arizona and Kentucky!

Mobilize the working class behind striking Oklahoma educators!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 1 April 2018

The statewide strike in Oklahoma is part of an expanding wave of struggles by educators across the United States and internationally.

Wildcat sickouts hit Kentucky as teachers' struggle spreads

By Will Morrow, 31 March 2018

Teachers closed schools in opposition to a bill passed Thursday night that includes sweeping attacks to pensions.

“This is not just about raises, it is about restoring funding”

Oklahoma teachers reject funding bill, prepare to strike

By Jerry White and Todd Denton, 30 March 2018

More than 40,000 Oklahoma teachers are preparing to walk out on Monday in defiance of anti-strike laws and the sabotage of the unions

Arizona teachers protest as Oklahoma educators battle union sabotage

By Jerry White, 29 March 2018

Thousands of teachers marched at the state capitol in Phoenix, Arizona Wednesday, as the wave of teachers struggles continues to spread across the US and internationally.

Teachers’ rebellion spreads on four continents

By Eric London, 28 March 2018

Teachers in North and South America, Europe, Africa and elsewhere are fighting for higher wages, pensions, and in defense of the right to public education.

The struggle of teachers cannot be isolated! For a united movement of the entire working class!

By Jerry White, 28 March 2018

The wave of teachers’ strikes in the US and internationally has raised vital political and strategic issues, which must be discussed and debated to take this struggle forward.

As April 2 strike by Oklahoma educators looms

Arizona teachers prepare for mass statewide demonstrations

By Trévon Austin, 27 March 2018

About 8,000 to 10,000 teachers are expected to participate in Phoenix, with thousands more protesting in other cities.

Teacher unions seek rotten deal as momentum grows for April 2 statewide walkout in Oklahoma

By Todd Denton and Nancy Hanover, 24 March 2018

Oklahoma teachers are continuing their preparations for an April 2 statewide strike in Oklahoma as the unions seek a rotten legislative deal, including regressive taxation on state residents.

Kentucky and Arizona teachers rally to defend public education

By J. Cooper, 22 March 2018

Teachers in Arizona organized sickouts Wednesday and traveled to Phoenix to demand pay raises, while educators in Kentucky rallied in the state capital to oppose attacks on retirement benefits.

US, Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and Europe

Global struggles by teachers mounting against austerity and attacks on public education

By Jerry White, 21 March 2018

Ten years after the 2008 financial crash, which ushered in a decade of savage budget cutting, teachers around the world are protesting and striking.

South Butler, Pennsylvania teachers strike

By Paul Sherman, 21 March 2018

Teachers in the South Butler School District, just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania went on strike last Thursday to demand pay raises as part of a growing wave of struggles by educators.

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship

Part 3: NYU and the efforts to censor the Internet

By the IYSSE at NYU, 21 March 2018

New York University, the largest private research university in the US, in heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the Internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.

“It’s all about building the stock market and not about people”

Numerous Kentucky schools to close Wednesday, as teachers’ protests mount

By J. Cooper and Nancy Hanover, 20 March 2018

Kentucky, which borders West Virginia, is the scene of escalating protests by educators, with growing demands for strike action over deep-going threats to their pensions.

Teachers unions intensify efforts to suppress growing class struggle in the US

By Jerry White, 20 March 2018

A recent article by a former top executive at the American Federation of Teachers argues that the unions exist to “maintain labor peace” and “tamp down rank-and-file gripes and discord.”

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship: Part 2

NYU’s role in “cybersecurity” and mass surveillance

By the IYSSE at NYU, 20 March 2018

The largest private research university in the US is heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.

Union cuts deal to end Jersey City strike as teacher protests spread

By Jerry White, 19 March 2018

The union rushed to get the agreement as teachers prepared to defy a judge’s back-to-work order, which would trigger a broader confrontation with the state’s Democratic and Republican politicians.

Eastern Michigan University staff, students protest staffing cuts

By Carlos Delgado, 19 March 2018

The protest against the cuts comes as educators and students across the country have mobilized in defense of public education.

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship: Part 1

NYU and the preparations of US imperialism for world war

By the IYSSE at NYU, 19 March 2018

New York University, the largest private research university in the US, is heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.

Teachers in Jersey City begin strike as demands for walkouts expand across the US

By our reporters, 17 March 2018

The Jersey City strike is part of a growing wave of working-class opposition in the US, following the shutdown of the West Virginia teachers strike earlier this month.

Oklahoma Senate rejects pay raise as teachers ready for strike

By Shannon Jones and Todd Thompson, 16 March 2018

The state legislature rejected a proposal for a pay hike that fell far short of teacher demands for a $10,000 raise.

Arizona teachers escalate their fight for education funding

By Nancy Hanover, 15 March 2018

After months of protests, Arizona teachers are pressing for statewide strike action on wages and benefits.

“Everybody’s skeptical of the task force”

West Virginia teachers angry deal to end strike ignored soaring medical costs

By Zac Corrigan, 15 March 2018

A nine-day teachers strike was ended by the unions with the creation of a health care task force, consisting of openly hostile state legislators, health insurance CEOs, and the very union bureaucrats who sold out the strike.

Union betrays graduate workers’ strike at University of Illinois

By Jessica Goldstein, 14 March 2018

Having demobilized students and pushed through a sellout deal, the Graduate Employees Organization is promoting impotent appeals to university officials.

Nationwide protests, high school walkouts to oppose school shootings in the US

By our reporters, 14 March 2018

Thousands of students are walking out at high schools throughout the US today, in opposition to school shootings.

As Trump’s education secretary threatens deep education cuts

Teachers’ struggle spreads to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona

By E.P. Milligan, 13 March 2018

After the nine-day strike in West Virginia, educators in other states are coming into conflict with the unions, which are trying to block a unified struggle for increased wages and funding for public education.

After nine-day West Virginia strike

Demands for teacher strike action expand across the US

By Nancy Hanover, 12 March 2018

Educators in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona are organizing protests and strikes on social media to oppose years of concessions and budget cuts.

West Virginia, the class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship

By Jerry White, 12 March 2018

The widespread use of social media by the West Virginia teachers and the growth of the class struggle internationally make clear why the US government and Silicon Valley tech giants want to censor the Internet.

Movement for teacher walkouts in Oklahoma, Kentucky, New Jersey and Arizona

Spreading wave of working class unrest in the US follows West Virginia teachers strike

By Will Morrow, 10 March 2018

The ruling class and the trade unions are desperately seeking to control social opposition and prevent demands for walkouts from developing in the direction of a general strike.

As teacher struggles spread, unions redouble effort to suppress class struggle

By Jerry White, 9 March 2018

In the aftermath of the nine-day strike by West Virginia teachers, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said that the unions are necessary to contain opposition.

Reject the sellout on tuition waivers—for free higher education for all

Striking Illinois grad students speak out against attacks on higher education

By Andy Thompson and Jessica Goldstein, 9 March 2018

The Graduate Employees Organization is desperately trying to shut-down the strike of 2,700 graduate student workers at the University of Illinois.

Jacobin, International Socialist Organization claim “victory” in West Virginia teachers sellout

By Eric London, 9 March 2018

Jacobin and the ISO’s role in the West Virginia teachers strike is an instructive example of how the pseudo-left stifles working-class opposition and directs it behind the trade unions and Democratic Party.

West Virginia teachers unions ram through sell-out deal to end strike

By Will Morrow, 7 March 2018

The deal does not address the central demand of teachers—an end to soaring health care costs—while it pays for inadequate wage increases through cuts to Medicaid and other social programs.

“West Virginia teachers have shown us team effort and organization”

Oklahoma teachers to discuss strike strategy

By Nancy Hanover, 7 March 2018

Oklahoma teachers are demanding statewide strike action to reverse years of declining living standards, increasing class sizes and budget cuts to K-12 education.

Australian teachers salute courageous stand of striking teachers in West Virginia

By our reporters, 7 March 2018

Teachers in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia’s two most populous states, have expressed powerful support for the struggle being waged by their counterparts in West Virginia.

The West Virginia teachers strike and the rebellion against the trade unions

By Joseph Kishore, 6 March 2018

Every major social conflict reveals in the movement of masses of people essential political relations, testing out and evaluating the validity of political conceptions.

Thousands converge on state capitol to show support for West Virginia teachers strike

By Jerry White, 6 March 2018

Teachers, school bus drivers, and custodians from across the state converged on Charleston as the walkout of 33,000 school employees continued.

Reject the sellout deal that robs Medicaid from school children

West Virginia teachers have the right to vote on any return to work!

By Jerry White, 6 March 2018

On Tuesday morning, the West Virginia governor and the unions announced that a deal had been made to shut down the teachers’ strike.

“If you have one bad illness and go to the hospital, that wipes your income out”

West Virginia teachers demand the right to affordable healthcare

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 March 2018

The teachers’ union has sought to bury the issue of insurance funding as part of its attempt to sell out the strike.

“I think they should keep striking”

Chicago Ford workers speak out in support of West Virginia teachers

By George Marlowe and Andy Thompson, 6 March 2018

Chicago autoworkers expressed their support for the West Virginia teachers on strike and denounced the conditions they face.

Support grows for striking West Virginia teachers as decisive week starts

By Jerry White, 5 March 2018

The strike by more than 33,000 teachers and support staff has entered its eighth day and a new and decisive stage.

Form rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!

The way forward for West Virginia teachers

By the Socialist Equality Party, 5 March 2018

The SEP urges striking teachers and school employees to go from impromptu meetings and rallies to the election of rank-and-file strike committees to mobilize the entire working class.

UK education workers send messages of solidarity to striking West Virginia teachers

By our reporters, 5 March 2018

Education workers in the UK send messages of support to the striking West Virginia teachers.

Why Richard Ojeda is not a fighter for the working class

By Eric London, 5 March 2018

The Democratic West Virginia state senator is being presented by the corporate media as a tough-talking friend of the working class. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“Teachers from Oklahoma stand with West Virginia”

Oklahoma teachers demand strike action, funding for education

By Todd Thompson, 5 March 2018

The Oklahoma Education Association has acquiesced to years of budget cuts, and educators are now organizing independently through social media to demand action.

Form rank-and-file committees to expand the struggle

West Virginia telecommunications workers begin strike as teachers’ walkout enters second week

By Jerry White, 4 March 2018

The beginning of the Frontier Communications strike follows a calculated provocation by the state Senate, which voted Saturday night to reduce the pay offer to teachers and school employees from 5 percent to 4 percent.

Support grows for West Virginia teachers as unions, Democrats scramble to end strike

By Jerry White, 3 March 2018

As the powerful strike of 30,000 West Virginia teachers and other school employees extends into the weekend, the unions and state Democrats hope to push through an agreement already rejected by rank-and-file educators.

“I think the working class should be in control”

West Virginia student demonstration supports call to expand teachers strike

By our reporters, 3 March 2018

More than 1,500 students and teachers attended a demonstration and march outside the state capitol building organized by high school students.

“A lot of people are calling for all the workers to go out on strike”

State workers, auto workers, teachers throughout the world back West Virginia strike

By our reporters, 3 March 2018

There is growing international support for the courageous stand taken by teachers in West Virginia.

All West Virginia schools closed today as teachers’ rebellion continues

By Jerry White, 2 March 2018

Teachers and school employees have courageously defied the efforts by the unions, Democrats and Republicans to end their strike.

Defiant West Virginia teachers denounce union efforts to sell out strike

By Will Morrow, 2 March 2018

WSWS reporters spoke with public school employees as 30,000 workers continued to defy the unions’ efforts to shut down the strike.

Jacobin, Socialist Alternative and the ISO hailed union deal rejected by West Virginia teachers

By Niles Niemuth, 2 March 2018

The upper-middle class organizations jumped at the opportunity to promote the unions’ efforts to end the struggle.

Mobilize the entire working class behind West Virginia teachers! Form rank-and-file committees to expand the struggle!

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 2 March 2018

Strikers must appeal to the working class—the miners, firefighters, nurses, railroad workers, warehouse workers, and telecommunications workers—not the capitalist politicians or union bureaucrats.

University of Illinois strike exposes plight of graduate students, adjuncts

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 March 2018

As the strike of UIUC graduate student workers enters a fifth day, the walkout brings to the fore many of the problems facing universities, colleges and their students.

The revolt of the West Virginia teachers

By Joseph Kishore, 2 March 2018

The rejection by West Virginia teachers of the unions’ efforts to shut down their struggle is one among many signs of growing working-class militancy in the United States.

West Virginia strike continues as teachers reject unions’ back-to-work order

By Joseph Kishore, 1 March 2018

The continuation of the strike requires the formation of independent rank-and-file committees and an urgent appeal to the entire working class to support the West Virginia teachers.

Demand a statewide vote before any return to work!

Reject the sellout of West Virginia teachers’ strike!

By Jerry White, 28 February 2018

There is widespread anger among teachers over the sellout deal agreed to by the West Virginia Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia.

“Stand up for what you believe in and for what you deserve”

Workers, students speak out in support of West Virginia teachers

By our reporters, 28 February 2018

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to teachers, auto workers, students and other workers about the ongoing strike by teachers in West Virginia.

Anger mounts over sellout of West Virginia teachers’ strike

By Jerry White, 28 February 2018

Union leaders announced Tuesday evening they were shutting down the statewide strike and ordering educators back to the classrooms Thursday.

West Virginia teachers defiant as unions, governor scramble to end walkouts

By Tom Hall and Jerry White, 27 February 2018

The unions were forced by the militant mood among teachers to call a fourth day of walkouts, while an injunction against the strike could be filed as early as today.

University of Illinois graduate student workers go on strike

By Alexander Fangmann, 27 February 2018

Graduate student workers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have walked out to preserve tuition waivers and for an increase to their paltry pay and benefits.

All-out support for the West Virginia teachers!

By Jerry White, 27 February 2018

The World Socialist Web Site calls for the urgent mobilization of all sections of the working class to support striking West Virginia teachers.

West Virginia teachers strike at the crossroads

By Jerry White, 26 February 2018

The unions and the Democratic Party are working frantically behind the scenes to contain and smother the statewide strike.

“The politicians don’t want to fund education; they’d rather fund war”

Teachers speak out on the struggle in West Virginia

By a reporting team, 26 February 2018

Educators in Michigan, New York and Arizona, as well as West Virginia, spoke to the World Socialist Web Site in support of the striking West Virginia teachers.