Education in the US
As union, Democrats try to smother protests
By Jerry White, 14 January 2016
Sickout protests continued Wednesday as the American Federation of Teachers and the city’s Democratic Party establishment sought to corral the protests and end them.
By our reporters, 14 January 2016
Autoworkers have spoken out in defense of Detroit teachers who have launched a series of sickouts in defense of public education.
By Jerry White, 13 January 2016
It is no accident that social opposition is taking the form of a rebellion against the trade unions, which have long served as industrial police for the corporations and government.
By Nancy Hanover, 13 January 2016
Despite the attempts by Michigan politicians and the Detroit Federation of Teachers to end teachers’ growing protests, the sickouts are continuing.
“For too long we looked to the union… now we have to do it ourselves”
By Jerry White, 12 January 2016
The struggle has erupted outside of the control of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, which has a long and sordid history of collaborating with state and local officials.
“Our livelihood is at stake”
By Nancy Hanover and Debra Watson, 11 January 2016
Teachers expressing their opposition to continuous attacks on public education and increasing threats to privatize the Detroit school district.
Behind the Detroit Public School’s debt numbers
By Nancy Hanover, 8 January 2016
The Detroit Public Schools have been the target of both sordid profit-taking and deliberate destabilization by privatization forces.
By Nancy Hanover, 8 January 2016
Pro-privatization politicians and financial interests are seeking to use the crisis at the Detroit Public Schools to ram through a reorganization of the district.
By Debra Watson and Nancy Hanover, 5 January 2016
The State of Michigan has allotted itself new powers to withhold state funding and appoint emergency managers to deal with financially distressed schools.
By Hiram Lee, 17 December 2015
A school in Pennsylvania will no longer teach Mark Twain’s classic novel, following complaints that its use of racial slurs made students uncomfortable.
By Fred Mazelis, 14 December 2015
A new book provides a case study on the nature of the “school reform” movement and the attacks on public education.
By David Walsh, 9 December 2015
Yale University lecturer Erika Christakis, at the center of controversy since the end of October, has decided not to continue teaching courses at the university.
The political consequences of the racial evaluation of history
By Eric London, 4 December 2015
The demonstrations on racism in the US are of a typically middle class character and represent a very familiar and toxic element of bourgeois politics: the fight amongst different factions within the wealthiest ten percent.
By Isaac Finn, 18 November 2015
After five years without a contract, hundreds of CUNY faculty held a protest in Manhattan to demand an increase in salary and an end to the attack on public higher education.
By Walter Gilberti, 16 November 2015
“Charter School Black Hole” exposes the Department of Education’s failure to oversee the profitable—and sometimes criminal—financial dealings of the charter school industry.
By Kristina Betinis, 14 November 2015
The teachers union has held so-called practice strike votes while working closely with the school board and the city to impose historic attacks on working conditions and benefits.
By Jerry White, 28 October 2015
Well aware of popular opposition to relentless testing, the president most identified with expanding this destructive policy has suddenly declared it might not be good for learning.
Ahead of plans for 5,000 layoffs
By Kristina Betinis, 27 October 2015
CTU Vice President and ISO member Jesse Sharkey’s statements and actions in relation to the contract talks are indistinguishable from those of any garden variety union sellout artist.
By Kristina Betinis, 22 October 2015
Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s guilty plea provides some insight into the scale of the fraud committed under the guise of education reform in America's third-largest public school system.
By Dan Conway, 22 October 2015
The lawsuit seeks damages arising out of the district’s use of the so-called “teacher jail” system.
By Christopher Davion, 21 October 2015
McHenry High School District 156 teachers returned to work October 13 after being pressured to agree to a deal that includes two years without any base salary increase.
By Isaac Finn, 2 October 2015
The withdrawal of a lawsuit against the college leaves the issue of free tuition unresolved.
By a correspondent, 29 September 2015
Some 900 teachers and support staff are striking against cuts to health care and increased class sizes.
By David Brown, 22 September 2015
Under pressure from the union, teachers in Seattle have accepted a sellout contract as other school districts continue to strike.
By Sheila Brehm, 22 September 2015
The executive board of the Detroit Federation of Teachers pushed through the removal of Steve Conn on trumped-up charges.
By David Brown, 19 September 2015
Union officials are pushing a sellout contract on teachers after calling off the strike last Tuesday.
By Joe Williams and Nick Barrickman, 18 September 2015
The head of the budget task force promoted the meetings on the cutting of vital school programs as a demonstration of “transparency” by the school system.
By David Brown, 15 September 2015
Some 5,000 teachers in Seattle remain on strike in a battle that is being isolated by the National Education Association.
By David Brown, 12 September 2015
With no negotiations set, 5,000 teachers and staff in Seattle, Washington remained on strike Friday.
By David Brown, 10 September 2015
The strike is an expression of the widespread desire among teachers to defend public education, while the unions are working to channel discontent back into the Democratic Party.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 9 September 2015
The proposal to cut up to $100 million from the Fairfax County public school system will, if implemented, devastate vital school programs.
By Nancy Hanover and Lawrence Porter, 8 September 2015
Teachers and staff in the port city of Chester, Pennsylvania voted to return to the classroom despite the inability of the school district to pay them.
By Walter Gilberti and Nancy Hanover, 1 September 2015
The DFT removed Steve Conn, a leader of the pseudo-left By Any Means Necessary group, from the presidency, as Michigan officials move to reorganize the Detroit Public Schools.
By Marc Wells, 31 August 2015
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the brainchild of investment billionaire Eli Broad, is known for its involvement in the privatization of public education.
By George Gallanis, 26 August 2015
The current student loan debt, which includes government and private loans, is a staggering $1.19 trillion, more than either the auto loan or credit card debt in the US.
By Kristina Betinis, 21 August 2015
Jesse Sharkey, a leading member of the International Socialist Organization and the second in command at the CTU, is advising district officials on how best to enact mass layoffs.
By Kristina Betinis, 14 August 2015
The nation’s third largest school district has released an annual budget slashing jobs and spending, and demanding concessions from teachers.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 August 2015
The proposal would lead to the reduction or outright elimination of sports programs and activities such as band and drama.
By Aaron Asa, 14 July 2015
A recently passed law in Louisiana will facilitate the use of textbooks with religious-based attacks on evolution and climate change.
By Khara Sikhan, 7 July 2015
The plan to break up the schools into an “old” and a “new” district is a prelude to the expansion of for-profit charter operations and the gutting of teacher pensions.
By Barry Grey, 15 June 2015
The privatization of education is profoundly antidemocratic and alien to the basic principles and conceptions that animated the American Revolution and founding of the republic.
By Barry Grey, 10 June 2015
The fact that billionaire bankers and hedge fund operators bankroll universities is not a small factor in the stultifying conformism and cowardice that dominate academia.
By Kristina Betinis, 2 June 2015
As the Chicago Teachers Union continues negotiations for a new contract, the head of Chicago Public Schools has stepped down amid a corruption scandal.
By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 19 May 2015
Seattle teachers are walking out Tuesday to demand improved living standards and to oppose test-based performance evaluations.
By Kristina Betinis, 7 May 2015
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is using a largely manufactured budget crisis to demand a seven percent pay cut, higher health care payments and pension reductions from Chicago teachers.
By Kranti Kumara and Jerry White, 5 May 2015
From the beginning, the Atlanta case has been a political vendetta aimed at further discrediting public school teachers and accelerating the process of privatizing public education.
By Dan Conway, 4 May 2015
The agreement signed by the LA teachers' union will escalate the assault on teachers and public education, while rewarding the union apparatus for backing school “reform.”
“Part 2” of the Detroit bankruptcy
By Nancy Hanover, 2 May 2015
The governor’s plan to reorganize Detroit Public Schools is the most ambitious structural overhaul of public education since the all-charter school district was established in New Orleans.
By Matthew Taylor and Matthew MacEgan, 29 April 2015
Palm Beach County, Florida is falling in line behind other school districts in the state by giving its new school superintendent a CEO-style compensation package.
By Jerry White, 23 April 2015
While the teachers’ union is limiting the walkouts to one day, the action reflects the determination of educators around the country to fight the bipartisan assault on public education.
By Dan Conway, 23 April 2015
The agreement covering more than 35,000 Los Angeles teachers abandons any demand for smaller class sizes and does nothing to halt the erosion of living standards.
By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 18 April 2015
The suburban Detroit city of Hazel Park is laying off nearly a quarter of its school district staff and slashing the pay of the remaining teachers and support personnel.
By Jerry White and Kranti Kumara, 15 April 2015
Ten former educators were sentenced to prison Tuesday in a case that has been used to further vilify teachers and promote the privatization of public education.
By Douglas Lyons, 8 April 2015
The wealthy in Pennsylvania pay less in taxes while receiving more in per-pupil education spending than working class school districts.
Board of Regents considers privatization
By E.P. Bannon, 3 April 2015
The proposed cuts, if passed, will be the largest budget reduction to any state university system in history.
By Jerry White, 3 April 2015
The conviction of Atlanta educators on “racketeering” charges takes place in a country where bankers and other corporate criminals ravage the lives of tens of millions with impunity.
By Andre Damon, 2 April 2015
The conviction of Atlanta teachers on racketeering charges is a vindictive attempt to scapegoat education workers for the crisis created by decades of attacks on public education.
By John Marion, 27 March 2015
Virtually no aspect of children’s education will be left untouched by the budget unanimously approved Wednesday.
By Nancy Hanover, 23 March 2015
Obama’s proposal for student loan aid is both a publicity stunt to appease popular concern over ever-rising student loan debt and a plan to tighten enforcement on repayment.
By Kumaran Ira, 16 March 2015
In a deal aimed primarily at China, France and Japan agreed to stepped-up cooperation between their armies and defense industries after talks in Tokyo.
Obama administration arranges deal
By Nancy Hanover, 11 March 2015
The Obama administration has brokered the sale of career-college chain Corinthian (CCI) to ECMC, a ruthless student loan collection agency.
By John Marion, 9 March 2015
Facing a $42 to $51 million budget shortfall, Boston Public Schools is preparing to push through a new round of school closings following previous cuts in 2011 and 2014.
By Samuel Davidson, 25 February 2015
York City School District is set to become the largest school district in the US to be run by a single for-profit company.
By Nancy Hanover, 21 February 2015
The Obama administration is promoting a low-paid untrained corps of “near-peers” while continuing to propose cuts in federal funding.
By Evan Blake, 5 February 2015
In the United States, seventy-seven percent of people from wealthy families obtain bachelor’s degrees by the time they turn 24, compared with only 9 percent of those from low-income families.
By Eric London and Matt Rigel, 3 February 2015
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016, plans to slash $300 million from the state’s public universities.
By Jerry White, 27 January 2015
The following leaflet was distributed to teachers attending Sunday’s union meeting in Detroit.
By Jerry White, 27 January 2015
The new leader of the DFT, Steve Conn, is seeking to convince teachers to appeal to a coalition of corporate executives and big business politicians to defend public education.
What is the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren?
By Debra Watson and Nancy Hanover, 21 January 2015
As Detroit emerges from bankruptcy, Democratic and Republican politicians are now turning their attention to further privatizing public education in the impoverished city.
By Michelle Ryan, 20 January 2015
In an address to educators at a Washington, D.C. elementary school, US education secretary Arne Duncan defended the Obama administration’s policy of scapegoating teachers.
By Andre Damon, 19 January 2015
For the first time in at least fifty years, most public school students in the US are considered low-income.
By Nancy Hanover, 19 January 2015
New Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has pledged further cuts to impoverished Detroit schools.
By Evan Blake, 15 January 2015
Obama made clear that his proposal aims to provide American corporations with skilled, low-cost labor.
By Josh Varlin, 5 January 2015
Students are returning to school after the winter break amid budget cuts that have increased class sizes, cut programs, and eliminated teachers’ positions.
By Evan Blake, 29 December 2014
The new college ratings system represents the extension of Obama’s Race to the Top into the sphere of higher education.
By Jason Melanovski, 16 December 2014
The 22-year-old founder of Greater Works Charter school falsified his educational background.
By Tom Hall, 8 December 2014
The Orleans Parish School Board is attempting to coax charter operators at its former facilities, which were taken over after Hurricane Katrina, to return to their former district.
By Evan Blake, 29 November 2014
The regents’ vote to approve 5 percent annual tuition increases for the next five years has prompted demonstrations on UC campuses statewide.
By Gabriel Black and Marc Wells, 21 November 2014
The UC board of Regents has approved steep tuition increases for the next five years.
By Adam Mclean and Marc Wells, 21 November 2014
Under the guise of empowering parents, the “parent trigger” law is part of a drive, funded by multibillionaires and backed by the unions, to privatize public education.
By Michelle Ryan, 11 November 2014
The Buffalo Board of Education is escalating efforts to privatize the Buffalo Public Schools, while laying blame for the crisis in public education on teachers.
By David Walsh, 11 November 2014
On October 15, 28 professors at Harvard Law School published a statement sharply criticizing the university’s sexual harassment policy announced in early July.
By Gabriel Black, 8 November 2014
A yearly tuition increase of up to 5 percent is being implemented in the UC system while the cost of living for students skyrockets.
By Kevin Martinez, 5 November 2014
State funding for higher education has fallen 17 percent between 2008 and 2012, after adjusting for inflation.
By Dan Conway, 29 October 2014
The Supreme Court of Louisiana has ruled that anti-teacher legislation backed by Governor Bobby Jindal is constitutional, paving the way for mass firings and public school closings.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 October 2014
A judge barred the School Reform Commission from unilaterally revoking a contract covering 15,000 Philadelphia teachers.
By Nancy Hanover, 24 October 2014
The Defense Department has provided at least 117 college police departments with military hardware.
By Jeff Lusanne and Kristina Betinis, 22 October 2014
Although the suburban Chicago district has a $37 million budget surplus, school officials are demanding teachers pay higher medical costs and accept a de facto wage cut.
By Nick Barrickman and Jerry White, 20 October 2014
Some 3,000 teachers, parents, students and other city workers participated in a rally to oppose the revoking of the labor agreement covering 15,000 teachers.
By Kimie Saito and Adam Mclean, 20 October 2014
Children were sent to school nurses with nausea, headaches and bloody noses during a recent heat wave.
After privatization of custodial services
By Christopher Davion, 18 October 2014
In spite of the reports, officials, backed by the SEIU, intend to proceed with the layoff of nearly 300 janitors.
“We protested because we love our teachers and our education”
By Steve Light and Alden Long, 17 October 2014
High school students who walked out last week to support their teachers discussed the fight against budget-cutting and the attack on public education.
By Tom Hall, 17 October 2014
The Cowen Institute at Tulane University released a dishonest study whose apparent “findings” were determined in advance by its methodology.
By Toby Reese and Shane Reynaldo, 16 October 2014
The union rammed through the deal at a hastily called meeting at which teachers were not allowed to ask questions.
By Nick Barrickman, 14 October 2014
It is not teachers’ pay and benefits that have starved the city’s schools of money, but rather multibillion-dollar tax breaks for corporations and speculators.
By Clement Daly, 11 October 2014
More than 350 teachers in the Columbus suburb are continuing their strike over the district’s demand to tie wages to student performance.
By Jerry White and Samuel Davidson, 7 October 2014
The School Reform Commission is unilaterally slashing medical coverage for current and retired teachers and school employees.
By D. Lencho, 6 October 2014
As protests against its right-wing agenda continued, Colorado's Jefferson County school board majority passed a cosmetic “compromise” of its attack on the school district’s history curriculum.
By D. Lencho, 1 October 2014
Teachers outside Denver, Colorado called in sick September 29, closing two high schools amidst continuing protests against the school board’s drive to rewrite the US history curriculum.
By Thomas Gaist, 25 September 2014
Hundreds of Jefferson County students walked out of classes this week in opposition to a school board proposal that US history courses promote "patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, and respect for authority."