Youth and the Social Crisis

Heroin overdoses spike in Louisville, Kentucky

By Naomi Spencer, 17 February 2017

Last week, Louisville reported 151 overdoses over four days, 52 of them within a 32-hour period.

UK government proposes raising fees for two-year degree courses

By Alice Summers, 13 February 2017

The claim that raising fees is intended to improve educational standards and options for students is a barefaced lie aimed at covering over the continued attack on education.

Forty-three percent of US children live in low-income families

By Shelley Connor, 11 February 2017

The number of children living in families with incomes below twice the federal poverty level has increased one percentage point since 2009, the official start of the “economic recovery.”

How the Democrats paved the way for Betsy DeVos

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.

IYSSE resubmits application at NYU, draws large turnout for rally and meeting

By our reporters, 8 February 2017

The strong support provides a powerful rebuttal to NYU’s anti-democratic decision denying the group club status last semester.

Riots erupt after youth sexually assaulted by French police at Aulnay

By Kumaran Ira, 7 February 2017

Four police officers have been charged with assaulting an innocent 22-year-old in a working-class suburb of Paris.

New York City schools overwhelmed by student homelessness

By Steve Light, 7 February 2017

The effects of record homelessness on children in New York City are compounded by inadequate resources for public schools.

US student loan corporation faces lawsuit for cheating millions

By Seb Gomez, 24 January 2017

Student loan collector Navient faces allegations of misleading borrowers and other illegal practices that increased the loan repayment costs for millions.

Students have the right to eat!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (United States), 17 January 2017

As the new year begins, students across the country are confronted with a basic problem: they do not have enough money for food.

US Millennials face higher unemployment, lower income than parents’ generation

By Shelley Connor, 16 January 2017

While the media glowingly reviews Obama’s legacy over the last eight years, sobering reports point to significant declines in living standards among young people.

Rural America registers spike in babies born with opioid withdrawal

By Naomi Spencer, 28 December 2016

The increase coincides with the deepening of poverty and an explosion of painkiller and heroin use in the United States.

Homeownership rates at historic lows for young people in the US

By Nick Barrickman, 22 December 2016

Recent reports reveal that homeownership levels for young people have dropped to record lows in the years following the 2008 financial crisis.

University of Florida students speak out about food insecurity

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 December 2016

A new report shows that more than 400 universities across the United States now have food pantries to help financially distressed students get the nutrition they need.

Australia: Murdoch columnist blames young people for inability to purchase homes

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 October 2016

The article, though written in a satirical tone, is part of a campaign against the supposed lifestyle indulgences of the younger generation.

Nearly half of all “millennials” lack even $1 of retirement savings

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 October 2016

A recent study conducted by the Black Youth Project at University of Chicago reveals the precarious financial situation for the layer of the population 18 to 30 years old.

Wage crisis for youth in US labor market

By Kathleen Martin, 14 September 2016

A recent report by Indeed Hiring Lab reveals the bleak reality of the employment outlook for young workers.

Hunger and the social catastrophe facing America’s youth

By Kate Randall, 13 September 2016

As two new reports document the shocking consequences of food insecurity, the social disaster in America is being ignored in the elections and the contest between Clinton and Trump.

Australia: Juvenile prison abuse exposed in Queensland

By Erin Cooke, 13 September 2016

Media reports have revealed a state Labor government coverup of the violent mistreatment of teenage detainees.

ITT Tech shuts down after federal government withholds student funding

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.

Labour Party makes empty promises to New Zealand students

By Tom Peters and Chris Ross, 29 August 2016

Despite its highly conditional pledges, Labour has no intention of reducing ballooning debt and poverty among students.

ILO report: Global youth unemployment to rise for first time in three years

By Niles Niemuth, 27 August 2016

According to an International Labor Organization report, the number of unemployed young people ages 15 to 24 will rise to 71 million this year.

Join the IYSSE! Join the fight against war, inequality and the danger of dictatorship! Join the fight for socialism!

Statement of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality

27 August 2016

The following statement by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US) is being distributed at campuses throughout the country.

Indiana study finds high rate of opiate addiction in newborns

By Jessica Goldstein, 26 August 2016

The disturbing findings of the Indiana study point to the impact of the economic crisis on working people.

Mounting calls for Australian universities to slash enrolments

By Oscar Grenfell, 23 August 2016

The corporate elite is calling for universities to be subordinated ever-more directly to the immediate profit needs of big business.

Huntington, West Virginia sees 26 heroin overdoses in four hours

By Naomi Spencer, 18 August 2016

Emergency responders revived 26 people Monday afternoon after an adulterated batch of heroin hit Huntington, West Virginia.

Illinois community college drops racially segregated courses after public criticism

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.

UK law firm boasts blocking support to disadvantaged children

By Benjamin Trent and Paul Mitchell, 4 August 2016

More than 1.3 million schoolchildren in England—15 percent of the total—have been identified as needing special educational needs and disabilities support.

Systemic abuses in Australia’s juvenile prisons: The class issues

By Mike Head, 4 August 2016

Concerted efforts are being made to divert the outrage over the Northern Territory abuses behind claims that the violence can be attributed solely to racism.

Australian government appoints indigenous bureaucrat to juvenile detention inquiry

By Mike Head, 2 August 2016

The revamp is a bid to head off the widespread hostility to the royal commission by putting an Aboriginal face on the inquiry, whose assigned task is to whitewash the abuses.

Protests denounce violent abuses in Australian juvenile jails

By our reporters, 1 August 2016

Rally organisers, from Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, channeled the deeply-felt anger and disgust into divisive black nationalism.

Erie, Pennsylvania school district passes austerity budget with emergency funding

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.

Study reveals mass homelessness, hunger among California State University students

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.

More student bodies disaffiliate from UK National Union of Students

By Alice Summers, 1 July 2016

The right-wing nature of the disaffiliation campaigns is plain to see from the heavy involvement of the Conservative Party.

SEP candidate discusses war and the Russian Revolution at Melbourne high schools

By our reporter, 23 June 2016

Fulgenzi was invited to give a presentation to Year 11 politics students and participated in a lively question-and-answer session that followed.

US economy adds fewest jobs in five years

By Evan Blake, 4 June 2016

The US economy added only 38,000 jobs in May, the fewest since 2010, in another indication of the persistent slump gripping the US economy.

Portrait of the social crisis in America: Rockford, Illinois

By George Gallanis and George Marlowe, 4 June 2016

After decades of robust industry and manufacturing, the city now faces rising unemployment, poverty and social misery.

Young people in America: A lost generation stuck at home

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 26 May 2016

A Pew report released on the share of young people living with their parents sheds new light on the difficulties facing millions who are barely scraping by.

Detroit Public School teachers end sickouts, face new legislative attacks

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.

University of California, Davis pays $175,000 to erase pepper spraying incident from Internet

By Evan Blake, 21 April 2016

The revelation underscores the reactionary character of the campus administration.

Hunger stalks US campuses

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.

Study: Worsening conditions for young people throughout the developed world

By Nick Barrickman, 15 March 2016

Drawing on income statistics from eight of the world’s 15 most advanced economies, the series paints a picture of dimming social prospects for young people.

Cuts lead to closure of youth centres across UK

By Alice Summers, 18 February 2016

Local government spending on youth services has been slashed by more than a third since 2011.

Report reveals ongoing social crisis for Chicago’s youth and young adults

By George Gallanis, 1 February 2016

In the past decade, Chicago’s youth and young adults have seen a steady increase in unemployment, and with it social misery.

Detroit student protest organizers explain issues behind Cass Tech walkout

By E.P. Bannon, 28 January 2016

Leaders of the group, We the Students, at Cass Technical High School in Detroit explained the reasons behind their student walkout on Monday.

IYSSE statement on the student parliament vote at Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 22 January 2016

The IYSSE won significant support in the student parliament election at Berlin’s Humboldt University on the basis of opposition to militarism, xenophobia and right-wing historical revisionism.

The fate of Zuckerberg’s “gift” to Newark schools

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.

California State University faculty union votes to authorize strike

By Marko Leone, 4 December 2015

There is strong discontent amongst the faculty after years of minimal pay raises that failed to compensate for inflation, or no raises at all, and the recent imposition of furloughs.

Open University staff in Britain protest regional centre closures

By Joyce Smith, 4 December 2015

The OU is the largest academic institution in the UK and Europe by student number.

Ten killed in mass shooting at Oregon community college

By Gabriel Black, 2 October 2015

Multiple students were killed and many more injured after a young man opened fire at Umpqua Community College.

Consent decree calls for state oversight at New York’s Cooper Union

By Isaac Finn, 2 October 2015

The withdrawal of a lawsuit against the college leaves the issue of free tuition unresolved.

Seattle teachers union pushes through sellout contract

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.

Northern Virginia school officials hold meetings on cuts to public education

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.

IYSSE in Germany protests against University of Melbourne ban

11 September 2015

The IYSSE in Germany has written a letter of protest to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee over its refusal to affiliate the IYSSE as a club.

Chester, Pennsylvania teachers unanimously vote to work for free

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.

State agents to face no penalties for assault on Virginia student

By Joe Williams, 28 August 2015

University of Virginia student Martese Johnson was violently assaulted in March after being falsely accused of having a fake ID.

Chicago Public Schools announces hundreds of teacher layoffs, spending and pension cuts

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.

One in four Michigan children live in poverty

By Debra Watson, 3 August 2015

Child poverty in Michigan exceeds the deplorable national average of 22 percent.

Kids Count report: 22 percent of US children live in poverty

By Tom Hall, 22 July 2015

Three million more American children were in poverty in 2013 than at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.

Sebastian Kempkens in Uni Spiegel: Gutter journalism in the service of German imperialism

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 20 July 2015

Sebastian Kempkens, the editor of a university magazine published by Der Spiegel, has joined the media chorus denouncing anti-militarist students at Humboldt University.

OECD report: 39 million unemployed young people in industrialized nations

By Trent Novak, 15 July 2015

One in four young people in Greece and Spain is “neither employed nor in education or training.”

A summer without jobs for America’s youth

By Andre Damon, 9 July 2015

The prevalence of “Depression-era” youth unemployment goes virtually unmentioned by the American corporate media and political establishment.

Social inequality and American politics

By Andre Damon, 8 June 2015

Despite polls showing overwhelming popular opposition to social inequality, these sentiments find no genuine expression in official US politics.

No charges in Madison, Wisconsin police killing of unarmed youth

By Niles Williamson, 13 May 2015

The killing of teenager Tony Robinson by Madison police officer Matt Kenny on March 6 had generated student walkouts and protests by thousands of workers and youth.

“Part 2” of the Detroit bankruptcy

Michigan governor releases plan for assault on public education

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.

Judge hands down brutal sentences in Atlanta test “cheating” case

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.

Pennsylvania: Wealthy pay less in taxes, but receive more money for 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.

State legislature recommends 82 percent cut to Louisiana State University budget

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.

Sri Lankan police crackdown on protesting students

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 3 April 2015

The police attack on university students makes clear that the Sirisena government is rapidly moving to impose new austerity measures.

Boston School Committee approves austerity budget, school closures

By John Marion, 27 March 2015

Virtually no aspect of children’s education will be left untouched by the budget unanimously approved Wednesday.

The political issues in the fight to defend education

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 25 March 2015

The following statement is being distributed by members of the IYSSE at “day of action” rallies called by the National Union of Students in Australia on Wednesday.

Fraternity banned, students expelled from University of Oklahoma after racist video appears online

By Nick Barrickman, 11 March 2015

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which has historical ties to the antebellum South, has been involved in a rash of incidents of a reactionary character.

Obama administration arranges deal

Collection agency buys Corinthian Colleges chain

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.

Ten thousand education workers strike at two Toronto universities

By Carl Bronski, 4 March 2015

Teaching assistants and contract instructors have gone on strike at Toronto’s principal universities, York and University of Toronto.

What is the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren?

Unions, Democrats and Republicans form school privatization group

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.

Two New Orleans charter schools vote to return to local oversight

By Tom Hall, 8 January 2015

Far from being a return to “local control,” the schools’ decision means the further consolidation of the charter school system over New Orleans education.

British and German youth orchestras celebrate 100 years of jazz

By Barbara Slaughter, 11 December 2014

These talented young musicians came together to celebrate “Freedom and Friendship: A Century of Jazz.”

“A permanent Third World in America”

Child homelessness at all-time high in US

By Niles Williamson, 18 November 2014

A record 2.5 million American children were homeless last year amidst what the Obama administration has insisted is an economic recovery.

French students protest police murder of Rémi Fraisse

By Francis Dubois, 12 November 2014

Thousands of school pupils demonstrated in several cities and blockaded dozens of high schools across France.

Australia: Vocation Ltd affair exposes impact of privatisation

By Oliver Campbell, 12 November 2014

Thousands of students have been corralled into low-quality courses provided by private operators that are effectively funded by governments.

The best of all possible worlds?

Students respond to Obama’s claim that this is the “best time in human history”

By Seraphine Collins and Jeff Lusanne, 7 November 2014

The WSWS asked Michigan college students to respond to President Barack Obama’s claim that this is the best time in human history for young people.

State education cuts reduce share of low-income students going to college

By Kevin Martinez, 5 November 2014

State funding for higher education has fallen 17 percent between 2008 and 2012, after adjusting for inflation.

Pennsylvania 10-year-old still behind bars on murder charge

By Tom Eley, 23 October 2014

The child has been held in an isolation cell at Wayne County Correctional Facility in Honesdale, Pennsylvania since October 11.

Mexico’s disappeared students

By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2014

The disappearance of the 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero is bound up with the rising inequality and savage violence that go hand in hand with Mexico’s free market “reforms.”

Teaching war: Australian government targets primary school students

By Susan Allan, 22 October 2014

Australian authorities are distributing patriotic war propaganda among school children as part of the official World War I centenary commemorations.

Scholarship instead of war propaganda! IYSSE statement on the dispute at Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 18 October 2014

The IYSSE is seeking to prevent Berlin’s Humboldt University from once again becoming a centre of militarism and dictatorship.

San Diego suicides reach highest reported number in 2013

By Archie Stone and Toby Reese, 8 October 2014

A recent report from the San Diego Suicide Prevention Council noted a 20 percent increase in suicides over the past six years.

The social crisis behind the rise in Chicago street violence

By Chris Davion and Jeff Lusanne, 16 September 2014

The hopelessness that violence and gang activity ultimately reflect can be understood only in relationship to the historical decline in working-class living standards in Chicago.

Police lock down Maryland school after suspension of teacher

By Nick Barrickman, 3 September 2014

The teacher, Patrick McLaw, who wrote a science fiction novel depicting a school massacre, was placed on administrative leave.

Obama administration launches new attack on teachers

By Isabelle Belanger, 29 August 2014

The Obama administration’s initiative, Excellent Educators for All, announced this summer marks a new stage in the assault on teachers and public education.

Nearly one quarter of US children in poverty

By Andre Damon, 23 July 2014

A report published Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation notes that 16.3 million children live in poverty in the US.

Illinois lawsuits allege fraud by student debt settlement companies

By Khara Sikhan, 19 July 2014

Student debt settlement companies used fraudulent means to convince young people to pay them large fees to obtain fictitious debt relief, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Amid fraud investigations in twenty states

For-profit education chain Corinthian College implodes

By Nancy Hanover, 12 July 2014

Corinthian College plans to sell or close its colleges and trades schools, affecting 72,000 students in the US and Canada.

“Children are being sacrificed to save money”—striking British Columbia teacher

By a WSWS reporter, 12 July 2014

Forty-one thousand British Columbia teachers—now in their fourth week of a province-wide strike—are challenging the provincial government’s decade-long assault on public education.

A student’s perspective on the testing culture in America’s schools

Movie Review: LISTEN — the Film, by Ankur Singh

By Phyllis Scherrer, 4 July 2014

A review of Ankur Singh’s documentary on the impact of high-stakes testing on students.

Federal student loan interest rates increase by nearly 1 percent this month

By Gabriel Black, 3 July 2014

On July 1, the interest rates for federal student loans grew by almost one percent, adding to the already intolerable burden of student debt on young people.

US students and graduates speak on the burden of college debt

By Khara Sikhan and Matthew MacEgan, 3 July 2014

Forty percent of young people in the US call their student debt “overwhelming, ” according to a survey published by Wells Fargo last month.

UK: Labour Party targets unemployed youth for benefit withdrawal

By Joe Mount, 1 July 2014

The punitive policy means that youth without A-levels or equivalent qualifications would lose their income unless they enroll in vocational training courses.

Chicago Public Schools lays off 1,150 workers

By Kristina Betinis, 27 June 2014

The layoffs affect more than 500 teachers and 650 assistants and school staff, in the latest attack on public education.

Pennsylvania school district contract to cut 15 percent of teachers

By Phyllis Scherrer, 27 June 2014

The Wilkinsburg Education Association has accepted a contract that will lay off 15 percent of district teachers.

New Orleans Recovery School District set to convert entirely to charter schools

By Nick Barrickman, 4 June 2014

With the closing of its last five traditional public schools, New Orleans is set to become the largest city in the US with an all charter school district.