The Defense of Public Education

Australian government pushes cuts to student loan scheme

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 June 2018

The Liberal-National government is seeking to force increasingly poverty-stricken young people to repay student debts.

Peruvian teachers strike in defiance of government ban

By Cesar Uco, 22 June 2018

The teachers’ strike has been joined by walkouts of railroad, public transit and other workers as economic conditions continue to deteriorate in Peru.

Rural school closings devastate Wisconsin communities

By Jacob Crosse, 18 June 2018

Along with school closings, Wisconsin teachers saw a 21 percent decrease in wages and benefits between 2011 and 2016.

Teachers must prepare for struggle when schools reopen

Oakland Education Association announces contract negotiation impasse

By Jonathan Burleigh, 9 June 2018

Oakland teachers must draw the lessons of this year’s teachers strikes to prepare their own struggle when schools reopen.

Louisiana teachers support strike for wage increase

By J. L’Heureau, 28 May 2018

The union is seeking to prevent a walkout and has warned that teachers may “take action sooner than we predict.”

As unions try to block further walkouts

US education secretary pledges to escalate war on teachers

By Jerry White, 23 May 2018

In remarks before the House Education and Workforce Committee, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos outlined the administration’s plans to accelerate the war against teachers and public education.

Teachers and public workers protest in South Carolina

By Hiram Lee, 21 May 2018

Workers held signs that read, “Teachers need to eat too!”, “My income won’t pay my student loans!”

North Carolina teachers oppose unions’ shutting down of walkout

By Will Morrow, 18 May 2018

While teachers have returned to work, none of the issues that led to yesterday’s walkout have been resolved.

As report shows teachers spending hundreds of dollars on school supplies

Wave of US educator walkouts hits North Carolina today

By Will Morrow, 16 May 2018

Today’s walkout in North Carolina is the latest in an ongoing wave of strikes by teachers across the United States and internationally.

Build rank-and-file committees! Prepare a nationwide strike to defend public education!

North Carolina and the next stage of the teachers’ revolt

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 16 May 2018

Thousands of teachers and their supporters are marching in Raleigh, North Carolina today to demand decent wages and benefits and increased school funding.

On eve of teachers’ protests in North Carolina and South Carolina

Profits, stock buybacks soar, but “no money” for wages or school books

By Niles Niemuth, 14 May 2018

The 500 largest corporations in the US will funnel more money into the pockets of wealthy investors than they will allocate for capital expenditures and research and development.

“Teachers across this country need to organize a national strike”

A letter from an Arizona teacher

14 May 2018

In this letter to the WSWS, an Arizona teacher describes the aftermath of the union’s betrayal of the six-day statewide teachers’ strike.

New Zealand Labour government makes “left” feint on education

By John Braddock, 14 May 2018

Some 50,000 NZ teachers are set to follow their counterparts in the United States and other countries in the fight for jobs, decent wages and working conditions.

As Pueblo teachers strike continues

Colorado Democrats slash teacher and public employee pensions

By Will Morrow, 12 May 2018

The cuts have been enabled by the unions, which shut down mass walkouts last month and are isolating the ongoing teacher strike in Pueblo.

How Jacobin and the ISO assisted in the betrayal of the Arizona teachers’ strike

By Will Morrow, 12 May 2018

Both organizations played a critical role in the sellout of the strike of tens of thousands of teachers by the Arizona Education Association and Arizona Educators United.

Oppose Sri Lanka’s National Defence University Act! No privatisation of education!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Sri Lanka), 8 May 2018

The legislation is a further move toward the privatisation of higher education and increased militarisation of the country.

“There’s an attack on all public workers”

Striking University of California workers speak out

By our reporters, 8 May 2018

On Monday, 24,000 service workers on University of California campuses, members of AFSCME Local 3299, hit the picket lines for the first day of a three-day strike.

After union betrayal in Arizona, teacher militancy continues to build across US

By Nancy Hanover, 7 May 2018

Opposition continues to grow among educators over more than a decade of school funding cuts and falling living standards.

“If the workers united we would be a dominating force”

Arizona teachers oppose union sellout and call for nationwide strike

By Will Morrow, 5 May 2018

The unions’ sellout is the latest in a series of betrayals of teacher, including in West Virginia and Oklahoma.

Teachers in Pueblo, Colorado to strike Monday

By Bill Kidd, 5 May 2018

As in other states that have been centers of opposition from teachers, the unions have done everything they could to prevent a walkout, and are now working to isolate the struggle.

Union betrays Arizona teachers strike, backs Republican state budget

By David Moore, 4 May 2018

The deal orders teachers back to work while meeting none of the five demands for which 60,000 teachers walked out.

As Arizona teachers strike enters third day, unions seek to shut down walkout

By Jerry White, 30 April 2018

The unions are determined above all to block the development of a political movement of the working class in opposition to the capitalist system.

Arizona teachers rally for second day, further walkout expected Monday

By David Moore, 28 April 2018

As in West Virginia and Oklahoma, the unions in Arizona are doing everything they can to shut down the struggle as quickly as possible.

Teachers union celebrates alliance with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

By Fred Mazelis, 28 April 2018

The union’s embrace of Cuomo is a sharp warning to teachers in New York and across the US.

“If we did this nationally, we'd have greater success”

Striking Arizona teachers speak out

By our reporters, 27 April 2018

Teachers rejected the efforts to divide them from school support staff and called for a united struggle with teachers across the country.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tuition hikes at Portland State University spark outrage

By Kayla Costa, 10 April 2018

Students contrasted the six-figure salaries of university officials with the heavy burden on working class students.

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.

“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.

“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.

Interview with a teacher from Greece: “Teachers have the same problems worldwide”

By Marianne Arens, 2 April 2018

Evangelos, a teacher from Greece working in Germany, expressed his solidarity with teachers in the US and reported on the recent teachers’ strike in Greece.

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.

“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

York University conspires with Ontario government to break contract-faculty and assistants’ strike

By Roger Jordan, 30 March 2018

Although the Liberals are manifestly preparing to illegalize the strike, CUPE is doing nothing to mobilize the working class in support of the 3,000 striking contract-faculty and graduate assistants.

Attend online and call-in forum March 27

The way forward for UK lecturers after the revolt against the University and College Union

24 March 2018

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) is hosting an online and call-in forum for lecturers, college staff, other education workers and students on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

Kenya lecturers’ strike paralyzes public universities

By Eddie Haywood, 5 March 2018

The lecturers have vowed to continue the strike until their demands for increased salaries and funding to upgrade facilities are met by the government.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“We need an uprising of the people to put a stop to this”

West Virginia teachers call for expansion of their struggle

By Lawrence Porter, 24 February 2018

A World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke with teachers protesting outside the state capitol in Charleston on Friday.

West Virginia teachers carry out state-wide strike

By Jerry White, 23 February 2018

In the first teachers strike in nearly three decades, nearly 15,000 West Virginia teachers, school bus drivers and other school employees walked out Thursday.

“We are tired of waiting”

West Virginia teachers demand quality pay, health care

By our reporters, 23 February 2018

The WSWS spoke to many of those participating in a rally of thousands of teachers and their supporters in Charleston, West Virginia on Thursday

West Virginia legislature issues ultimatum to teachers as statewide walkout begins

By Shannon Jones, 22 February 2018

On the eve of a scheduled statewide walkout by West Virginia teachers, the state legislature issued a take-it-or-leave-it deal backed by legal threats.

Growing opposition to public education cuts in Oklahoma

By Todd Thompson, 22 February 2018

Teachers are calling for a statewide “sickout,” while students at two schools have staged recent walkouts.

Mounting protests, walkouts by US students against school shootings

By Kate Randall, 21 February 2018

Protesting students have aimed their fire at local politicians, the US Congress and President Trump over their failure to do anything to stop school shootings.

“This struggle should be spread nationally”

Two-day statewide teacher walkout planned in West Virginia

By Nancy Hanover, 21 February 2018

As teachers gear up for a two-day walkout, the unions are doubling down on legislative horse-trading focused on keeping opposition confined to the Democratic Party.

Thousands rally to defend teachers in Charleston, West Virginia

By Niles Niemuth, 19 February 2018

This weekend’s protest is the latest expression of working-class anger over social inequality throughout the US and internationally.

The political issues facing West Virginia teachers

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 16 February 2018

Thousands of West Virginia teachers, school employees, state workers and supporters are protesting today to demand the right to a decent standard of living and high-quality public education.

Minnesota school district removes To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn from the curriculum

By Sandy English, 14 February 2018

The Duluth school board has decided to stop teaching two literary classics, To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn, because of their frequent use of racial slurs.

Russian teacher fired after criticizing low salaries

By Clara Weiss, 10 February 2018

The teachers wrote that in 2017, their monthly wage was 8,289 rubles ($145), the same amount as in 2012, despite 50 percent inflation since then.

Columbia University refuses to recognize graduate student union

By Isaac Finn, 9 February 2018

Columbia University in New York City has refused to recognize the Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers (GWC-UAW) Local 2110 as the bargaining agent for student workers on campus.

West Virginia teachers hold one-day strikes and statewide protests

By Nancy Hanover, 3 February 2018

West Virginia teachers have not had a raise since 2014, and are presently ranked 48th in the nation in average salary.

To reduce costs Texas officials slash special education enrollment

By Todd Thompson, 3 February 2018

Texas deliberately set about to deny access to special education services, in knowing contravention of federal rules.

Amidst cuts to special education and school closure protests

Chicago Public Schools appoints new CEO

By George Marlowe and Andy Thompson, 2 February 2018

After the resignation of the previous school chief, Chicago Public Schools officials have appointed a new CEO groomed by the political establishment to ramp up the attack on education.

Students and staff to bear brunt of latest Australian university funding cut

By Mike Head, 20 January 2018

A two-year freeze on funding for undergraduate enrolments will be followed by pro-business “performance targets” imposed on university funding.

Australia: NSW state government axes longstanding reading program from public schools

By Erika Zimmer, 19 January 2018

“Reading Recovery” has been taught for more than 30 years, achieving significant results in improving literacy among disadvantaged students across New South Wales.

Budget cuts lead to teacher and student injuries at Massachusetts school

By Julian James, 18 January 2018

Last year the school eliminated special classes for students with major behavioral and learning challenges.

“Keep fighting, we have to come together”

Educators denounce attack on Louisiana school teacher Deyshia Hargrave

By Nancy Hanover, 15 January 2018

WSWS Teacher Newsletter readers explain their support for the Louisiana teacher who was arrested for speaking out at a school board meeting last week.

“This is an outrage! The marshal should be arrested for assault”

Massive outpouring of support for victimized Louisiana teacher

By Nancy Hanover, 12 January 2018

The arrest and jailing of Louisiana teacher Deyshia Hargrave has prompted outrage throughout the US and internationally.

As teachers face new battles against Trump

Lessons of the fight against Obama’s “school reform”—Part 2

By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 6 January 2018

Taken together, the seminal struggles of teachers and other public sector workers in Wisconsin (2011), Chicago (2012) and Detroit (2015-16) contain powerful political lessons for the defense of education and workers’ rights.

As teachers face new battles against Trump

Lessons of the fight against Obama’s “school reform”—Part 1

By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 4 January 2018

Taken together, the seminal struggles of teachers and other public-sector workers in Wisconsin (2011), Chicago (2012) and Detroit (2015-16) have powerful political lessons for the defense of education and workers’ rights.

Oakland, California school board set to enact mid-year budget cuts

By Jonathan Burleigh, 12 December 2017

The austerity measures will further undermine education in a school district that has already faced deep cuts.

Growing numbers of US teachers abandon unions

By Nancy Hanover, 7 December 2017

The historic decline of union membership among teachers highlights the extent to which these unions exist only at the behest of the government.

Tens of thousands being dropped from US student loan relief program

By J. Cooper, 15 November 2017

After working in low-paying public service jobs for more than ten years, thousands who thought their loan balances would be forgiven are bitterly finding otherwise.

DeVos visits Puerto Rico to boost privatization of public schools

By Rafael Azul, 10 November 2017

The US education secretary met with her Puerto Rican counterpart, who is looking at post-Katrina New Orleans as the model for the schools in US territory.

With medical and health benefits cut

Palatine, Illinois school district support staff return to picket lines

By George Marlowe, 30 October 2017

Many of the workers make starvation wages as low as $11 an hour, pay high out-of-pocket health care costs and are forced to work a second or third job just to make ends meet.

US confronts critical teacher shortage

By Khara Sikhan, 4 October 2017

Decades of defunding public education, standardized testing and the demonization of teachers has resulted in a national crisis in education in the United States.

Trump’s secretary of education rolls back Obama-era regulations on campus sexual misconduct

By Nancy Hanover, 2 October 2017

The most significant change involves the standard of evidence to determine if an assault has occurred and if colleges are required to take action.