The Defense of Public Education
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.
By Todd Thompson, 22 February 2018
Teachers are calling for a statewide “sickout,” while students at two schools have staged recent walkouts.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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”
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”
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
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
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.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 12 December 2017
The austerity measures will further undermine education in a school district that has already faced deep cuts.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
By Kate Randall, 18 September 2017
The 400 teachers went out on strike Thursday after nine-hour negotiations between a mediator, the Burlington’s Democratic mayor and the Burlington Education Association broke down.
By Jerry White, 15 September 2017
More than 400 teachers walked out on strike in Burlington Thursday, after efforts by a mediator, the city’s Democratic mayor and the Burlington Education Association failed to prevent the strike.
By Armando Cruz, 23 August 2017
Reportedly, more than 200,000 teachers in 18 regions of the country are participating in the strike, making it one of the largest in the last decade.
As teachers narrowly ratify concessions deal
By J. Cooper, 2 August 2017
Detroit public schools will lose millions of dollars due to continuing handouts to the city’s billionaire developers.
By Phyllis Steele, 3 July 2017
The Detroit Federation of Teachers is attempting to impose yet another round of concessions on teachers who have suffered years of givebacks, layoffs and eroding school conditions.
By Walter Gilberti, 30 June 2017
The supposed reform of pensions in Michigan is part of a broader attack aimed at rolling back all the gains won by workers in decades of struggle.
By Jake Dean, 15 June 2017
While the contracts are set to expire at the same time there is no attempt by the teachers unions to wage a unified struggle against the wholesale assault on public education.
“This is a new world we’re seeing with Betsy DeVos”
By Debra Watson, 5 June 2017
Teachers at the Southfield, Michigan school learned only last week that Renaissance, which calls itself a school turn-around specialist, has run out of money.
Tuition hikes implemented throughout the United States, placing ever growing financial burden on students
By Kayla Costa, 3 June 2017
Students returning to school can expect to pay even more on top of already unaffordable tuition rates.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 May 2017
The Emanuel administration is aiming to make an example of Chambers to intimidate and silence teachers who oppose education cuts, high-stakes testing and school privatization.
By Alexander Fangmann, 1 May 2017
Republican governor Bruce Rauner, abetted by the Democratic Party, is using the budget impasse to force through wide-ranging cuts and consolidations.
By our reporters, 29 April 2017
Teachers from at least five schools have convened meetings to reject the agreement between the Australian Education Union and the Victorian state Labor government.
By Rafael Azul, 17 April 2017
Last week’s national teachers strike against police repression was part of growing struggles against the government’s attacks on jobs, living standards and democratic rights.
By Susan Allan, 17 April 2017
If the agreement is such a “significant gain” then why is there no framework or democratic process where teachers can discuss, debate, and seek clarification on its contents?
By Kathleen Martin, 8 April 2017
Tuition hikes and funding cutbacks have effectively educationally crippled millions of working class students and youth.
By Kristina Betinis, 30 March 2017
As part of the latest round of cuts, the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel has threatened to end the school year nearly three weeks early.
By Norisa Diaz and Archie Stone, 25 March 2017
The WSWS spoke with some of the educators who received pink slips earlier this month at informational meetings held by the San Diego Education Association.
By Esther Galen, 21 March 2017
The budget proposed by the White House slashes public education funding but adds $1.4 billion to promote private and charter schools and school vouchers.
By George Gallanis, 16 March 2017
While school workers have demonstrated their determination to fight, behind the scenes AFSCME officials are seeking to cut a deal that will accept the bulk of management’s demands.
By Kevin Martinez, 6 March 2017
School Board Trustees who approved the layoffs cited the district’s $124 million budget deficit.
“If you don’t have an education, you don’t have a life”
By Nancy Hanover, 23 February 2017
Teachers spoke to the WSWS on the Trump administration and the attack on public education.
“If you attack one school, you attack them all”
By Shannon Jones, 20 February 2017
As opposition mounts to the threat by state officials to close dozens of schools in Detroit and other cities, the unions and Democrats are stepping in to smother it.
By Ron Barzel and Brad Dixon, 20 February 2017
The current deficit amounts to 10 percent of the entire budget for the Baltimore City school system, which has an enrollment of around 82,000 students.
By Jerry White, 10 February 2017
Nowhere in the realm of domestic policy is the continuity between Trump and previous administrations seen more than in the assault on public education conducted by both parties.
An attempt to appease anger over student loan debt
By Josh Varlin, 11 January 2017
Whether or not Cuomo’s proposal is enacted this year, it is clearly aimed at appeasing the anger among workers and young people at growing inequality and attacks on living standards.
By Susan Allan, 5 January 2017
An already under-funded scheme for providing disability services to public school children in the state of Victoria is to be targeted for further cuts.
By Nancy Hanover, 14 December 2016
Under the banner of “free enterprise,” Trump’s pick for education secretary has combined religious obscurantism with American hucksterism and the promotion of militarism.
By Nancy Hanover, 13 December 2016
Under the banner of “free enterprise,” the DeVos family has combined religious obscurantism and bigotry with American hucksterism, exploitation, tax dodging and the promotion of militarism.
By Alexander Fangmann, 6 December 2016
Rauner’s veto, which could result in deep school cuts, was widely expected by the Chicago Teachers Union, which concealed this from teachers in order to block a strike and push through concessions.
Unions, aided by the pseudo-left, push through poverty-level wage deals
By Mike Ingram, 23 November 2016
The strike by Harvard dining workers provides political lessons for others facing poverty-level wage deals negotiated by the unions with the support of ostensibly left organizations.
By Kristina Betinis, 31 October 2016
The decision by the Chicago Teachers Union to delay the vote by two days, supposedly to allow teachers to read the contract, is an indication that there is widespread opposition.
Mobilize the working class to defend public education
By the Socialist Equality Party, 26 October 2016
The agreement, fraudulently presented as a “fair deal” by the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools system, is a further attack on teachers and public education.
By Samuel Davidson, 22 October 2016
Union leaders ordered 5,500 striking faculty and coaches to take down picket lines Friday, caving in to management demands for salary and benefit cuts.
By Kate Randall and Mike Ingram, 18 October 2016
Harvard students walked out of classes Friday in support of dining room service workers who have been on strike for 12 days.
By Phyllis Steele, 18 October 2016
Teachers rejected a contract backed by the unions and the entire political establishment that would accelerate the attack on public education.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 October 2016
As teachers angrily denounce concessions in the CTU’s tentative agreement, the International Socialist Organization is painting the settlement as a victory against Rahm Emanuel.
By Kristina Betinis, 11 October 2016
The agreement was announced before midnight in order to prevent a strike and risk a rebellion by teachers against the Democratic Party ahead of the presidential elections.
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 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 Andrea Lobo, 7 September 2016
About 5,000 workers marched last week against the government’s austerity measures, even as the union leaderships are sabotaging their struggle.
After the destruction of the Detroit Public Schools
By Nancy Hanover, 6 September 2016
The reorganization of DPS has established the precedent that debt-ridden schools can be dissolved, reorganized and/or replaced with private entities.
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 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 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 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 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.
27 June 2016
Michigan public school teachers express their support for teachers in Oaxaca and throughout Mexico in the face of last week’s government massacre.
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 Thomas Scripps, 14 June 2016
With interest, the average graduate will pay back an additional £3,000 more than they were expecting, with the burden falling more heavily on the poor.
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.”
Leaked video shows police assault on student
By Zac Corrigan, 23 May 2016
A video of an assault by a Detroit Public Schools police officer was widely discussed among students who opposed the attack and connected it to the broader issues of police repression.
By Don Knowland, 19 May 2016
The strike is in opposition to a 2013 law that gave new powers to the government to monitor, test and fire teachers en masse.
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.