Education in the US
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.
By Clement Daly and Naomi Spencer, 17 August 2016
After twice rejecting directives from the West Virginia Board of Education to slash its budget, the Boone County school board voted to cut salaries for educators.
“If something doesn’t happen, Boone County will cease to exist”
By Naomi Spencer, 17 August 2016
A mother of public schoolchildren in Boone County, West Virginia spoke to the WSWS about the impact of budget cuts and the collapse of the coal industry in the region.
By Matthew Brennan, 13 August 2016
The decision by Moraine Valley Community College to drop segregated college-readiness courses, after an initial defense by school officials, came amid criticism from students and parents.
By Kristina Betinis, 11 August 2016
In pressing teachers for major concessions, Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel is relying on the Chicago Teachers Union to suppress opposition.
By Clement Daly, 10 August 2016
The teachers unions are promoting illusions that the courts and the Democratic Party will defend public education and school employees.
By Khara Sikhan, 29 July 2016
The Democratic Party, working in collusion with the unions, changed the wording of its party platform to hide Clinton’s record of promoting for-profit charter schools and anti-teacher measures.
By Kimie Saito, 29 July 2016
This year’s California Teachers Summit takes place amidst the continuing nationwide campaign to dismantle public education and expand for-profit charter schools.
By Clement Daly, 26 July 2016
Under threat of a state takeover, the Boone County school board imposed deep cuts last week in its new budget while slashing wages and benefits for employees and retirees.
By Buster Haycook, 22 July 2016
Years of cuts in state funding for public colleges and universities have driven up tuition and have led to faculty reductions, fewer course offerings and campus closings.
By Clement Daly, 14 July 2016
The state government is threatening to take control of the Boone County school district.
By Nancy Hanover, 11 July 2016
Government policy—of both Democrats and Republicans—is to jettison the funding of public education while transferring vast sums to militarize the police and build prisons.
By Jason Melanovski, 9 July 2016
While the budget would keep high schools open for another year, deep cuts to programs and staff will continue.
By Kevin Martinez, 6 July 2016
The study, the first of its kind at a public university, estimated that almost 1 in 10 CSU students were homeless while another 1 in 5 were hungry.
By Douglas Lyons, 29 June 2016
Financially distressed school districts are axing staff and educational programs and increasing class sizes in an effort to offset budget cuts that have taken a damaging toll.
Judge Rhodes, Democrats try to pacify Detroit teachers
By Nancy Hanover, 27 June 2016
Hundreds of teachers and parents turned out for a town hall informational meeting called by local Democrats to explain the legislative deal which will terminate the Detroit Public Schools.
“Public education is not a business, it is a right”
By a WSWS reporting team, 27 June 2016
Teachers and parents spoke to the WSWS at a public town hall meeting held in the wake of the legislative deal to dissolve the 174-year-old Detroit Public Schools.
By Nancy Hanover, 18 June 2016
The Michigan legislature uses debt crisis as the pretext to dissolve the district and rewrite the rules governing education in the nation’s largest poor city.
By Jason Melanovski, 14 June 2016
Under the proposed budget, all city high schools in the Erie school district would be closed.
By Steve Light, 13 June 2016
The administration of New York City’s Democratic mayor has submitted papers in a suit supporting the dismissal of a teacher for giving a lesson on the 1989 frame-up of the Central Park Five.
By Shannon Jones, 11 June 2016
The bill safeguards the interests of hedge funds and other large investors at the expense of students and teachers.
By Matthew MacEgan, 11 June 2016
A consulting group hired by the Tampa school district has recommended cutting 1,761 jobs, including more than 1,000 teacher positions.
By Nancy Hanover, 6 June 2016
The past eight years have seen an unprecedented assault on the right to public education spearheaded by the Obama administration and the financial industry.
By Nancy Hanover, 3 June 2016
The past eight years have seen an unprecedented assault on the right to public education that has been spearheaded by the Obama administration and the financial industry.
By Matthew Taylor, 27 May 2016
New Orleans remains the center of the drive for the privatization of education, with a new state law making charter schools permanent under the guise of “local control.”
By Kate Randall, 18 May 2016
More than one thousand students walked out of classes Tuesday for the second protest this year against budget cuts that threaten student services and teachers’ jobs.
By Nancy Hanover, 13 May 2016
Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Judge Steven Rhodes is ramping up pressure for a legislative deal in the state capitol.
By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 13 May 2016
The struggle of Detroit teachers poses the need to unite all sections of the working class in a movement against big business and its political servants in both parties.
By Nancy Hanover, 9 May 2016
The purported “rescue” of the indebted Detroit Public Schools is the pretext for a far-ranging attack on public education, establishing a new model of state-backed privatization.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 May 2016
Amidst growing anger from teachers, the CTU is working to block a struggle against the Emanuel administration.
By David Brown, 7 May 2016
Right-wing efforts to equate opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism have led to a series of provocations against student activists on several California campuses.
By George Gallanis, 7 May 2016
The layoffs are part of a bipartisan effort by Illinois Democrats and Republicans to permanently slash funding for the state’s public higher education system.
By Nancy Hanover, 5 May 2016
The Detroit teachers union shut down a two-day sickout as Michigan legislators debated new attacks under the guise of “rescuing” the public schools.
By our reporters, 4 May 2016
Detroit public school teachers spoke to the WSWS at a demonstration on Tuesday, the second day of their walkout.
In midst of water shutoffs, Flint water crisis
By Thomas Gaist, 4 May 2016
The new attack on Detroit teachers is part of a wider assault on the working class being carried out by both big business parties and the Obama administration.
“Our money is literally being stolen”
By Shannon Jones, 3 May 2016
Nearly all of the Detroit schools were shut down Monday as teachers protested the announcement by DPS Emergency Manager Steven Rhodes that they will not be paid over the summer months.
By our reporters, 3 May 2016
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke to Detroit teachers participating in a rally of Detroit teachers engaged in a sickout on Monday.
“Everyone feels very betrayed by the union right now”
By Walter Gilberti, 29 April 2016
The Detroit Federation of Teachers’ mobilization to support new Detroit Schools legislation fizzled as teachers largely boycotted the demonstration at the state capitol in Lansing.
By Evan Blake, 21 April 2016
The revelation underscores the reactionary character of the campus administration.
By Nancy Hanover, 19 April 2016
One third of DPS schools are reporting lead or copper contamination of drinking water, with one sample at 100 times the EPA toxic level.
By Norisa Diaz, 19 April 2016
The agreement by the California Faculty Association is a wolf in sheep’s clothing that abandons educators’ demands to recoup previous wage and benefit concessions accepted by the CFA.
By Nancy Hanover, 14 April 2016
Amid a continuing drive to dismantle Detroit Public Schools, a lawsuit charges that state officials have deprived students of a “minimally adequate” education.
By our reporters, 9 April 2016
A statewide strike planned for 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches throughout the 23 California State Universities has been called off by the union.
By Kristina Betinis and George Marlowe, 2 April 2016
In the face of enormous opposition among teachers to the attacks on public education, the CTU called a phony one-day “strike” to politically disarm teachers by promoting illusions in the Democratic Party.
By Marissa Ross, 2 April 2016
The scandal comes on the heels of months of teacher and student protests for better conditions.
By Kristina Betinis, 1 April 2016
The most critical issue facing teachers is developing an independent struggle against the CTU-Democratic Party alliance
By George Gallanis, 29 March 2016
As Illinois continues to operate without a budget, both Democrats and Republicans are exploiting the impasse to impose deep cuts on public higher education.
By Kristina Betinis, 26 March 2016
As union leaders deepen their alliance with the Democratic Party and the right-wing administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, teachers are coming into increasing conflict with the union.
By Kevin Martinez, 25 March 2016
The proposal is only the latest in the bipartisan attack on public-sector and private-sector pension plans throughout the United States.
By Alexander Fangmann, 23 March 2016
Eikenberry, a former commander of American forces in Afghanistan, was selected in order to more closely integrate the university into the plans of American imperialism.
By Kate Randall, 23 March 2016
Hundreds of Boston Public Schools parents, students and teachers packed BPS headquarters to protest planned cuts to the 2016-2017 school budget.
By Johanna Proust, 22 March 2016
Since the 2008 financial crisis, US colleges have opened food pantries due to increased tuition costs, reductions in grants and increased numbers of food-insecure students.
By Isaac Finn, 19 March 2016
Hundreds demonstrated against plans to cut $485 million in CUNY funding at Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in Manhattan.
As April 8 fiscal deadline approaches
By Nancy Hanover, 14 March 2016
As Wall Street demands action on the reorganization of Detroit Public Schools, Judge Steven Rhodes threatened that schools could “go dark.”
By our reporters, 14 March 2016
Detroit teachers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site at the DFT emergency meeting on Thursday, March 10.
By Evan Blake and Guillaume Garnier, 14 March 2016
With a limited strike looming, the CFA is rushing to push through another deal that will erode the living standards of 26,000 professors and other staff.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 March 2016
The struggle to defend public education brings teachers into conflict with both big business parties, the corporations they represent and the unions that push through their policies.
By Daniel de Vries, 11 March 2016
The alarming number of elevated levels, encompassing 45 percent of the district’s schools, raises questions about whether officials ignored or covered up previous results.
By our reporter, 9 March 2016
More than a thousand students walked out of classes Monday to protest planned cuts to teaching positions, extracurricular activities, music and arts classes and language programs.
By Marissa Ross and Nancy Hanover, 8 March 2016
Former DPS emergency manager Darnell Earley receives generous golden parachute while the new “transition manager” is set to receive a hefty salary.
“Education should be a right”
By George Marlowe, 4 March 2016
Students and faculty at the predominantly working-class Chicago State University spoke out against the possibility of budget cuts which would devastate higher education.
”Why did they bring in the judge now? Because he is bought”
By Nancy Hanover, 2 March 2016
Detroit teachers have denounced the appointment of Rhodes, who ripped up the Michigan constitution to deprive workers of their pensions, as the school district's emergency manager.
By Dan Conway, 29 February 2016
The job action in the Compton School District highlights the growing opposition to the attacks on teachers and public education as a whole.
By Alexander Fangmann, 29 February 2016
The South Side institution is on its way to becoming the first victim of the bipartisan effort to drastically downsize public higher education in Illinois.
By our reporters, 26 February 2016
The Detroit Federation of Teachers brought the judge who oversaw the city's bankruptcy to a meeting of school employees to sugarcoat the bipartisan attack on public education.
By Kevin Martinez, 24 February 2016
The request by the ACLU and other groups cites numerous deaths at the hands of the San Diego Police Department involving brutal shootings of those suffering from mental illness.
Who is Judge Steven Rhodes?
By Jerry White, 24 February 2016
Detroit teachers were brought to a meeting Wednesday to listen to retired judge Steven Rhodes, who, during the Detroit bankruptcy, did the dirty work for Wall Street while posturing as a neutral and even-handed arbiter.
By Tom Hall, 23 February 2016
A special session of the Louisiana state legislature convened on Sunday to close a $2.9 billion deficit.
By David Brown, 18 February 2016
US marshals are planning to serve up to 1,500 warrants on people who have defaulted on their student loans.
By Debra Watson and Nancy Hanover, 17 February 2016
The Education Achievement Authority’s record of outright bribery and FBI indictments made it a notorious symbol of the avarice behind the drive for school privatization.
By Nancy Hanover, 15 February 2016
Michigan’s governor, facing the twin crises of Flint and Detroit public schools, has called in Judge Steven Rhodes to reorganize the Detroit schools.
By Lawrence Porter, 13 February 2016
During a meeting of the district-sponsored Detroit Parent Network, audience members denounced the appalling conditions in the schools.
“It’s not just a fight for teachers or students, it’s a fight for education”
By Nancy Hanover, 11 February 2016
DPS students use Michigan “Count Day” to emphasize their fight to defend their teachers and the right of all young people to a decent education.
By Jerry White, 8 February 2016
The struggle to defend the right to education poses political questions that are critical for the entire working class.
By Nancy Hanover, 6 February 2016
As Emergency Manager Darnell Earley resigns, union officials and Michigan politicians are working overtime to try to derail the struggle of Detroit teachers.
By George Marlowe, 5 February 2016
Both Democrats and Republicans have starved colleges and universities of state funding in order to effect permanent reductions in the number of students attending institutions of higher education.
By Jerry White, 5 February 2016
Thousands of teachers marched in downtown Chicago Thursday to oppose threats by school authorities to cut 1,000 jobs and slash $100 million from the school budget.
By Jerry White, 3 February 2016
The removal of Darnell Earley paves the way for a bipartisan deal in the state legislature to restructure the schools and divert even more resources to private education companies.
By Phyllis Steele, 3 February 2016
Union officials claim the lawsuit and appeals to Democratic politicians will address teachers’ concerns and render unnecessary any further independent action.
By Kristina Betinis, 3 February 2016
The Chicago Public Schools announced $100 million in budget cuts just one day after the rejection of an agreement backed by the teachers’ union.
By E.P. Bannon, 27 January 2016
As teachers were forced to appear in court, high school students staged walkouts in protest of repression against teachers and the deplorable conditions in city schools.
By Jerry White, 26 January 2016
In a highly political decision, a Detroit judge denied the request by the emergency manager over the Detroit schools for legal action to halt the wave of teacher “sickout” protests.
“This isn’t just our fight, it’s for public education across the country.”
By Lawrence Porter, 26 January 2016
Detroit teachers in court Monday spoke with the World Socialist Web Site after a judge rejected a request for legal action against sickout protests.
”Democracy is being taken away in Michigan”
By Nancy Hanover, 25 January 2016
Teachers face a hearing Monday as the Detroit Public Schools seeks an injunction against sickouts and legislators ramp up efforts to ban opposition to the destruction of public education.
By Kristina Betinis, 25 January 2016
Negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the administration of Rahm Emanuel continue amid growing resistance to cuts, including from Detroit teachers.