Education in the US

San Diego teacher’s union facilitates the layoff of 1,500 educators

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.

Trump’s voucher plan and the right-wing campaign to destroy public education

Part two

By Esther Galen, 22 March 2017

The budget proposed by the White House slashes education funding but adds $1.4 billion to promote private and charter schools and school vouchers.

Trump’s voucher plan and the right-wing campaign to destroy public education

Part one

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.

Los Angeles school district sends layoff notices to 1,600 administrators

By Dan Conway, 18 March 2017

The layoffs are part of an ongoing attempt to gut public education in the nation’s second largest school district.

Rockford, Illinois public school employees go on strike

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.

Teacher describes impact of social crisis in Toledo, Ohio schools

By Phyllis Steele, 13 March 2017

Public school teachers are being scapegoated for the school problems produced by poverty and decades of educational cutbacks.

UAW blocks strike by New York University adjuncts despite 94 percent authorization vote

By Alan Whyte, 10 March 2017

NYU has been intransigent in its opposition to adjuncts’ demands despite the fact the university has an endowment of about $3.5 billion.

Rockford, Illinois public school employees set to strike next week

By George Gallanis, 8 March 2017

The AFSCME union is limiting the action to a three-day walkout to blow off steam and curtail the growing combativeness of workers.

Michigan school closures “on hold” while privatization plans move ahead

By Khara Sikhan, 8 March 2017

After a statewide outcry, Michigan temporarily backed away from school closures even as Betsy DeVos’s home state paves the way for a nationwide assault on public education.

San Diego Unified School District to cut at least 1,500 jobs

By Kevin Martinez, 6 March 2017

School Board Trustees who approved the layoffs cited the district’s $124 million budget deficit.

Corruption probe at City College of New York points to decline of public higher education

By Fred Mazelis, 4 March 2017

The president of CCNY was forced to resign last October after she was targeted in a corruption probe which continues to expand.

New York University professor Bertell Ollman supports IYSSE fight for club status

By Isaac Finn, 4 March 2017

An IYSSE representative recently sat down with NYU professor Bertell Ollman to discuss the issues around the club application process at NYU.

Student walkouts oppose Trump’s vicious immigration policies

By Nancy Hanover, 3 March 2017

Young people across the US, opposing the Trump administration’s raids, roundups and arrests, have become outspoken in their defense of the democratic rights of all ethnicities and nationalities.

“If you don’t have an education, you don’t have a life”

Teachers speak out on the schools crisis and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

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”

Anger grows over Michigan school closures

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.

Baltimore public schools face $129 million budget deficit, plan mass layoffs

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.

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.

Confirmation vote as farce: Senate approves billionaire enemy of public schools as secretary of education

By Niles Niemuth, 8 February 2017

Betsy DeVos, who “earned” the position through her family’s donation of $200 million to support Republican candidates, is a supporter of charter schools and privatization.

New York University and the military-university complex

By Isaac Finn, 27 January 2017

The US military/intelligence apparatus exercises immense influence over the school’s political and intellectual life.

Senate moves toward confirmation of billionaire opponent of public schools

By Isabelle Belanger, 25 January 2017

The Senate will vote January 31 on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, the billionaire proponent of school privatization.

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.

Low turnout for University of California workers’ one-day strike

By our reporters, 11 January 2017

Teamsters Local 2010, which represents over 12,000 UC administrative, support and clerical staff, staged a limited one-day strike Tuesday.

An attempt to appease anger over student loan debt

New York Governor Cuomo proposes free tuition for state and city university systems

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.

Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education—Part 2

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.

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.

Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education—Part 1

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.

Illinois governor vetoes $215 million in pension funding for Chicago teachers

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.

Trump names opponent of public schools to head Department of Education

By Eric London, 26 November 2016

An organization that billionaire Betsy DeVos led and financed for a decade recently published an article advocating the return of child labor.

Unions, aided by the pseudo-left, push through poverty-level wage deals

Lessons of the Harvard University Dining Services strike

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.

Income and racial segregation grows in Virginia public schools

By Alex Gonzalez, 21 November 2016

Segregation in Virginia public schools has increased by 60 percent since 2003.

Nearly one-third of Chicago teachers reject CTU concessions deal

By Alexander Fangmann, 3 November 2016

The Chicago Teachers Union on Tuesday announced the ratification of a concessions-laden contract.

Vote by Chicago teachers on concessions contract begins today, after postponement

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

Vote “no” on the CPS-CTU concessions contract!

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.

As school funding cuts continue

Clinton and Trump committed to new attacks on public education

By Nancy Hanover, 24 October 2016

A new report throws into sharp relief both the advanced stage of decay of American public school education and the hostility to it of both Trump and Clinton.

Union ends strike at Pennsylvania state campuses, pushes concessions

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.

Five thousand faculty strike at Pennsylvania state campuses

By Samuel Davidson and Douglas Lyons, 20 October 2016

The strike by Pennsylvania faculty is an expression of growing social opposition among different sections of workers in the run-up to the US election.

Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates approves concessions contract

By our reporter, 20 October 2016

Both district officials and union leaders are hailing as a success a contract that will escalate the attack on teachers, while paving the way for the closure of more public schools.

Chicago charter school union announces contract deal

By Jeff Lusanne, 20 October 2016

The American Federation of Teachers has helped craft a new contract for charter school teachers in Chicago that mirrors a concessions contract accepted for public school teachers.

The International Socialist Organization campaigns for layoffs, school closures in Chicago

By Eric London, 19 October 2016

A tentative agreement announced by the Chicago Teachers Union, and praised by the ISO, would mark a new stage in the attack on teachers and on public education.

Harvard students and faculty show support for HUDS strikers

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.

Cleveland teacher denounces sellout contract

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.

Food safety concerns as Harvard dining workers’ strike enters second week

By Mike Ingram, 15 October 2016

The ongoing strike by Harvard dining workers has led to concerns over food safety amid reports of under-cooked food being served to students.

The International Socialist Organization and the Chicago teachers contract betrayal

By Marcus Day, 13 October 2016

The ISO-led Chicago Teachers Union is doing everything in its power to force its second concessions contract in four years onto angry and defiant teachers.

Chicago teachers denounce contract sellout

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.

Chicago Teachers Union announces concessions agreement to avert strike

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.

Boone County, West Virginia students lack textbooks

By Clement Daly, 8 October 2016

Following the imposition of deep budget cuts to public education, many students lack basic science textbooks.

West Virginia: Seven Fayette County schools to be shuttered

By Joe McGee, 7 October 2016

The number of schools in the rural county would be reduced from 18 to 11, leaving only two high schools open.

Harvard dining hall workers strike over health insurance, wages

By Kate Randall, 6 October 2016

The strike by Harvard University Dining Services workers is the first since 1983, and the first ever during the academic year.

Faculty set October 19 strike date at Pennsylvania universities

By Samuel Davidson, 6 October 2016

Professors and faculty members at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-run universities have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike against cuts to health benefits and the expanded use of adjunct professors.

Michigan attorney general asserts right to close dozens of Detroit schools

By Nancy Hanover, 1 October 2016

On Wednesday Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette ruled that dozens of “failing” public schools in Detroit could face closure at the end of the school year.

As union heads scramble to settle

Chicago teachers set strike date

By Kristina Betinis, 30 September 2016

After nearly a year and a half without a contract, the teachers union has set a walkout date for October 11.

Long Island University lockout ends with contract extension and no issues resolved

By Alan Whyte, 19 September 2016

The union, which has pledged not to strike through the 2016-1017 school year, also agreed to mediation in future negotiations for a settlement.

Detroit Federation of Teachers pushes through sellout contract

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.

Vote “No” on Detroit Federation of Teachers’ contract!

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.

Report reveals Pennsylvania charter schools pocket cash meant for student spending

By Douglas Lyons, 10 September 2016

Pennsylvania charter schools are siphoning away more funds from public schools than they spend on students.

Long Island University-Brooklyn locks out 400 professors

By Daniel de Vries and Allen Whyte, 9 September 2016

LIU’s action marks the first time a university has used a lockout to impose concessions on faculty.

Long Island University faculty and students oppose lockout

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 September 2016

Faculty and students spoke with the WSWS about LIU’s lockout of 400 faculty members at the beginning of the fall semester.

Detroit teachers angered by contract deal

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.

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.

As new school year begins

Teachers, students in US face battle to defend public education

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.

Union blocks teachers’ strike as Clinton comes to Cleveland

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.

Boston teachers face contract fight over job security, working conditions

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.

Cleveland teachers threaten walkout as school year begins

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.

Judge tosses out Detroit Public Schools lawsuit against teacher “sickouts”

By Marissa Ross and Nancy Hanover, 25 August 2016

In the wake of the dissolution of the DPS and the launching of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, the court case against teacher protests has been wrapped up.

New York politicians maneuver to support charter schools

By Steve Light, 24 August 2016

Democrats and Republicans are aiding the privatization of public education by seeking to exemptions for charter schools from state regulations.

Residents speak on the impact of education cuts in Boone County, West Virginia

By Clement Daly and Naomi Spencer, 17 August 2016

After twice rejecting directives from the West Virginia Board of Education to slash its budget, the Boone County school board voted to cut salaries for educators.

“If something doesn’t happen, Boone County will cease to exist”

Resident of West Virginia coal mining community speaks on economic crisis

By Naomi Spencer, 17 August 2016

A mother of public schoolchildren in Boone County, West Virginia spoke to the WSWS about the impact of budget cuts and the collapse of the coal industry in the region.

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.

Chicago Public Schools announces 1,000 layoffs, threatens new cuts

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.

Unions seek to block struggle against education cuts in Boone County, West Virginia

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.

With platform changes, Democrats seek to conceal record of attacks on public education

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.

The political issues facing California teachers

By Kimie Saito, 29 July 2016

This year’s California Teachers Summit takes place amidst the continuing nationwide campaign to dismantle public education and expand for-profit charter schools.

Boone County, West Virginia school board imposes cuts to public education

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.

Study shows funding down, tuition up at US public universities and colleges

By Buster Haycook, 22 July 2016

Years of cuts in state funding for public colleges and universities have driven up tuition and have led to faculty reductions, fewer course offerings and campus closings.

West Virginia county rejects state-ordered education cuts

By Clement Daly, 14 July 2016

The state government is threatening to take control of the Boone County school district.

Prison spending rises three times faster than education funding in US

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.

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.

Pennsylvania school districts face catastrophic funding crisis

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.

Michigan governor signs Detroit Public Schools dissolution measures

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”

Detroit teachers and parents speak out against public school reorganization

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.

Teachers’ union sanctions destruction of Detroit Public Schools district

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.

Pennsylvania school district prepares to end public education past the eighth grade

By Jason Melanovski, 14 June 2016

Under the proposed budget, all city high schools in the Erie school district would be closed.

New York City de Blasio administration upholds firing of teacher for class on Central Park Five

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.

Michigan legislature approves attack on public education in Detroit

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.

Tampa, Florida teachers speak out against proposed layoffs and expanding class sizes

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.

The dismantling of public education and Obama’s education legacy

Part 2

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.

The dismantling of public education and Obama's education legacy

Part 1

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.

Louisiana law institutionalizes charter schools

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.”

Boston Public Schools students walk out over budget cuts

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.

Wall Street presses for Detroit school restructuring deal

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.

After sickouts, what is the way forward for Detroit teachers?

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.

Detroit Federation of Teachers backs right-wing attack on public education

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.

Working to impose concessions, Chicago Teachers Union calls off strike date

By Kristina Betinis, 9 May 2016

Amidst growing anger from teachers, the CTU is working to block a struggle against the Emanuel administration.

Islamophobic provocations on California campuses

By David Brown, 7 May 2016

Right-wing efforts to equate opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism have led to a series of provocations against student activists on several California campuses.

Three hundred workers laid off at Chicago State University

By George Gallanis, 7 May 2016

The layoffs are part of a bipartisan effort by Illinois Democrats and Republicans to permanently slash funding for the state’s public higher education system.

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.

Video: Detroit teachers speak on the struggle to defend education

By our reporters, 4 May 2016

Detroit public school teachers spoke to the WSWS at a demonstration on Tuesday, the second day of their walkout.

In midst of water shutoffs, Flint water crisis

Detroit teachers shut schools for second day to protest non-payment of wages

By Thomas Gaist, 4 May 2016

The new attack on Detroit teachers is part of a wider assault on the working class being carried out by both big business parties and the Obama administration.

“Our money is literally being stolen”

Teacher sickout shuts Detroit Public Schools

By Shannon Jones, 3 May 2016

Nearly all of the Detroit schools were shut down Monday as teachers protested the announcement by DPS Emergency Manager Steven Rhodes that they will not be paid over the summer months.