All over the world, governments are forcing teachers and students to return to schools amid a raging pandemic that has already left over one million dead globally. This policy of 'herd immunity' is designed to get parents of school-aged children back to work producing profits as soon as possible, no matter how many lives are lost.
The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee is spearheading the fight back. To stop the spread of COVID-19, save lives and defend public education, we are building a national network of rank-and-file committees to link up teachers with one another and with all workers opposed to the deadly back-to-work drive. We fight for the following demands:
The immediate closure of all public, private and charter schools!
Full funding for public education, internet access and online instruction! No budget cuts, but a vast infusion of resources to expand educational access.
Full income protection to all parents and caregivers who stay home with their children!
No loss of income for educators who choose to stay home!
For free speech and the protection of whistleblowers!
We urge all educators, parents, students and advocates for public education to sign up for the WSWS Educators Newsletter and get involved.