Education in the US

Chicago teacher union shuts down charter school strike, holds rally for Democratic candidates

By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 11 December 2018

Union officials showered Democrats with praise while offering no concrete details of the agreement to charter school teachers or when they could vote on the deal.

“Our action is part of a broader fight for education”

Teachers in Oakland, California speak out at wildcat demonstrations

By Kayla Costa, 11 December 2018

Teachers in Oakland, California participated in wildcat “sickouts” and demonstrations on Monday to demand pay raises, smaller class sizes, and better school conditions.

Oklahoma Republicans demand the abolition of public schools

By Nancy Hanover, 11 December 2018

A section of the Republican Party, speaking for broader Wall Street interests, advocates ending tax-funded public education.

Oakland, California teachers hold wildcat “sickout”

By Jonathan Burleigh, 10 December 2018

Teachers from over five schools carried out a coordinated “sick out” on Monday to protest low wages and millions of dollars in planned cuts to the district.

Sudden closure of for-profit Education Corporation of America leaves 20,000 students without an education

By Adam Mclean, 8 December 2018

One of the largest for-profit colleges in the United States, ECA abruptly announced this week that they would shut down operations at almost all locations, following their disaccreditation on Tuesday.

Chicago charter teacher strike continues, as unions announce backing for Democratic machine politician

By Kristina Betinis, 7 December 2018

Acero teachers determined to improve conditions are being isolated from other schools even as the unions use their strike as the backdrop for their political maneuvers.

Democrats, union tops seek to isolate Chicago charter teachers’ strike

By Kristina Betinis, 6 December 2018

Hours after staging a photo op at a Tuesday teachers’ rally, Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle announced her education platform.

Chicago charter teachers strike for increased pay, lower class sizes

By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 4 December 2018

Teachers at Acero schools and suburban Geneva District 304 walked out Tuesday morning as teachers in other districts prepare to fight for improved wages and conditions.

Oakland, California public schools face $60 million in cuts, state takeover

By Jonathan Burleigh, 4 December 2018

The Oakland Unified School District is proposing $60 million in cuts over two years and potentially closing a third of the district’s schools.

Faculty protest hits NYU’s coverup for UAE in Matthew Hedges case

By Josh Varlin, 30 November 2018

Faculty and PhD students at New York University have demanded that NYU President Andrew Hamilton condemn the imprisonment of UK academic Matthew Hedges by the United Arab Emirates.

Little Rock, Arkansas teachers’ union relinquishes due process rights

By Nancy Hanover, 19 November 2018

The union-endorsed agreement will open the door to streamlining the ability of the Little Rock School district to fire educators.

New York teachers union pushes through concessions contract

By Steve Light, 13 November 2018

The United Federation of Teachers rammed through a contract that includes below inflation rate wages in order to prevent a strike in the largest school district in America.

“The UFT says there is no giveback but there is plenty giveback”

New York teachers angry as union hides givebacks in new contract

By Steve Light, 13 November 2018

School support workers vote to strike in rural district in Washington state

By Hector Cordon, 6 November 2018

This action comes roughly two months after a wave of walkouts and strike votes in the state were isolated and defeated by the unions.

The Little Rock Education Association stalls on strike action in Arkansas

By Nancy Hanover, 5 November 2018

The deliberate isolation of struggles by teacher unions is taking a stark form in Little Rock, Arkansas, the site of a major battle for desegregation of public education 61 years ago.

Chicago charter school teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

By Kristina Betinis, 5 November 2018

Charter school teachers are determined to improve pay and classroom conditions, but they cannot advance their fight through the Chicago Teachers Union.

AFSCME officials attempt to suppress WSWS reporting team

Union shuts down three-day strike by California health care and service workers

By Evelyn Rios, 27 October 2018

AFSCME has kept its 25,000 members on the job without a contract for over a year. Their current contract expired June 30, 2017.

Union, Democrats use “fact-finding” ploy to block Los Angeles teachers’ strike

By Dan Conway and Nancy Hanover, 26 October 2018

Despite more than 18 months of negotiations and three mediation sessions that have gone nowhere, the union continues to block strike action by teachers.

UC healthcare and service workers to begin three-day strike

By Evelyn Rios, 20 October 2018

AFSCME and other unions at UC are working overtime to prevent any significant struggle by workers, and sabotage it if it erupts anyway.

New York City teachers union attempts to rush through sellout contract

By Guillaume Garnier and Steve Light, 19 October 2018

The United Federation of Teachers is trying to sell its membership a contract that cuts health care, reduces real wages and maintains poor conditions for students.

San Diego State University and the military-university complex

By Anthony del Olmo with the IYSSE at SDSU, 18 October 2018

Over the past several decades, universities in San Diego have developed into key assets for US militarism by becoming regional hubs for military training programs.

DSA covers for unions and Democrats in new book on walkout by West Virginia teachers

55 Strong, Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

By Nancy Hanover, 18 October 2018

A new book promoted by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is centered on the lie that the West Virginia teachers’ strike, which set off the series of strikes nationally last spring, was a “victory” in which the unions played a heroic role.

#MeToo-style allegations used to oust popular University of Michigan professor

By Joseph Lorenz, 10 October 2018

John Rubadeau, who has more than three decades at the university, was fired by the English Department on the basis of unspecified allegations.

Unions shut down Washington teacher strikes

By Kayla Costa, 19 September 2018

The experiences of teachers in Washington provide critical lessons for educators and other sections of workers coming into struggle.

Texas special education students face teacher shortage and budget shortfall

By Todd Denton, 17 September 2018

The state of Texas is in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for its failure to educate disabled children.

US schools hiring private companies to spy on students’ social media

By Trévon Austin, 17 September 2018

Monitoring students’ social media accounts is a violation of privacy, revealing the partnership of the US government and tech companies in internet surveillance and censorship.

Teacher strike in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania wins broad support

By our reporter, 15 September 2018

On Friday, approximately 1,000 teachers, students, and supporters picketed East Stroudsburg’s South High School as a strike continues by instructors over management demands for major cuts in health care.

Washington state strikes continue as Tumwater teachers defy back-to-work order

By Hector Cordon, 14 September 2018

Four hundred teachers in the small Washington State town of Tumwater are courageously defying a judge’s strikebreaking order as educators continue walkouts in Tacoma and other cities.

Teachers strike in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

By our reporter, 13 September 2018

The district’s teachers are being asked to shoulder increased health care costs.

Teachers must link up their fight with educators nationally and internationally!

By Niles Niemuth, 11 September 2018

Educators across the US have returned to the classrooms under conditions of unrelenting assault on public education.

Seattle Education Association pushes through sellout deal

By Evan Blake, 10 September 2018

The Seattle Education Association, with the backing of its supposedly dissident faction, Social Equity Educators, forced through the agreement, undermining the momentum for a statewide strike.

A warning to students and the working class

Who are California Governor Jerry Brown’s appointments to the University of California Board of Regents?

By Evelyn Rios, 10 September 2018

Brown appointed his chief fiscal policy advisor, a top union bureaucrat, a former EPA official, and prior vice president of Lockheed Martin, the weapons manufacturer.

Reject the sellout in Seattle! For a statewide and national teachers strike!

By WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 8 September 2018

The WSWS Teacher Newsletter urges Seattle teachers meeting today to vote “no” and immediately constitute themselves as an independent rank-and-file committee to plan a serious struggle.

CIA out of University of Illinois Chicago!

By IYSSE at University of Illinois at Chicago, 8 September 2018

The CIA partnership is an expression of the militarization of life in the US and internationally that must be opposed by students and young people.

Striking Tacoma, Washington, teachers demand better pay, funding for education

By Kayla Costa, 7 September 2018

On Thursday, teachers in Tacoma joined thousands of striking teachers throughout the state of Washington as the unions work to contain and isolate the struggles in each district.

Tacoma teachers strike as walkouts spread across Washington

By Alec Andersen, 6 September 2018

School officials in three districts threatened disciplinary action against striking teachers while educators in Tacoma joined walkouts in 10 other districts Thursday.

Arizona Supreme Court strikes down “Invest in Ed” ballot initiative

By David Moore, 6 September 2018

The court’s removal of the school funding initiative from the November ballot underscores the fact that America’s billionaires and millionaires will not tolerate the slightest encroachment on their personal fortunes.

Only three percent of students have received Governor Cuomo’s “free tuition” scholarship

By Josh Varlin, 6 September 2018

Despite the fact that the SUNY and CUNY systems are the second and third largest public higher education systems in the United States, with about 700,000 students in all, fewer than 21,000 Excelsior Scholarships were awarded last academic year.

Tacoma teachers vote to strike Thursday

Walkouts by Washington state educators spread

By Jerry White, 5 September 2018

More than 2,000 teachers in Tacoma voted overwhelmingly to strike as the struggle in Washington escalates, despite union efforts to prevent a statewide walkout.

Seattle Education Association orders teachers to work without contract vote

By Kayla Costa and Alec Andersen, 4 September 2018

The move comes after teachers in Washington’s largest district voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike last week.

As union seeks to wrap up strikes, Washington teachers rally and call for statewide walkout

By Nancy Hanover, 3 September 2018

Educators demand statewide strike action in Washington state, while the union seeks to quash walkouts and prevent new ones.

Los Angeles teachers vote 98 percent for strike authorization

By Kimie Saito, 1 September 2018

For the first time in almost 30 years, Los Angeles teachers vote overwhelmingly for strike action.

Seattle teachers vote to authorize strike

By Kayla Costa, 30 August 2018

In a mass meeting Tuesday night, thousands of teachers voted to join ongoing strikes by educators across the state of Washington.

US education secretary floats plan to use federal funds to arm teachers

By Khara Sikhan, 30 August 2018

Following Donald Trump's call to arm teachers, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering diverting funds meant for hiring support staff to purchasing firearms for schools.

“Everyone should go out on strike, even nationwide”

Mass support for teachers’ walkouts in Washington state

By Hector Cordon and Nancy Hanover, 29 August 2018

Educators throughout the state are rallying and striking to demand livable wages and improved school conditions.

For a statewide strike in Washington to defend public education!

Build rank-and-file committees to unify educators, parents and students

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 28 August 2018

To fight for better schools and living wages, teachers in Washington must break through the straitjacket imposed by the unions and Democratic Party and mobilize the broadest sections of the working class.

More Washington state teachers strike as unions seek to contain struggle

By Alec Andersen, 28 August 2018

On Monday, teachers in Vancouver, the state’s second-largest city, voted to authorize a strike if no deal is reached by the start of school on Wednesday.

Teachers across Washington state demand strike action and big pay increases

By Nancy Hanover, 27 August 2018

In their fight to reverse years of budget cuts, Washington teachers are giving voice to the anger and determination of educators and workers across the US.

Teachers across Washington state prepare to strike over wages and conditions

By Alec Andersen, 25 August 2018

The opposition of Washington teachers and support staff is a continuation of the teacher revolt that started at the beginning of 2018 and comes amid an upsurge of working class struggle.

Los Angeles teachers vote on strike authorization

By Dan Conway, 24 August 2018

After working without a contract for 13 months, Los Angeles teachers are taking a strike authorization vote.

Puerto Rico’s teachers hold one-day strike

By Shelley Connor, 24 August 2018

Puerto Rico teachers began the school year with a one-day protest against privatization and crumbling schools.

As students return to school, US teachers face nationwide struggle to defend education

By Nancy Hanover, 20 August 2018

US teachers are returning to the classroom in the aftermath of the “teacher spring,” determined to take forward the fight in defense of public education.

Teacher hostility grows to Michigan Department of Education’s curriculum changes

By Walter Gilberti, 20 August 2018

The Michigan Department of Education has proposed new social studies standards which remove references to essential democratic rights and aim to censor the study of history.

Mass exodus of South Carolina teachers continues

By Hiram Lee, 11 August 2018

As the 2018-2019 school year begins, South Carolina will likely face an even greater shortage of teachers than in previous years.

Arizona teachers return to classrooms with limited gains and broken promises

By Nancy Hanover, 8 August 2018

In the aftermath of the largest statewide walkout last spring, Arizona teachers are still facing a battle for decent wages and education funding.

Stalemate on takeover of Kentucky’s largest school district

By J. Cooper, 6 August 2018

The takeover of the JCPS by the state education commissioner faces opposition as educators fear the implementation of charter schools is behind the move.

Five months after strike, West Virginia teachers say “nothing has changed”

By Nancy Hanover, 31 July 2018

The unions double-crossed the West Virginia teachers, ending their struggle without securing funding for the PEIA, which underwrites their health insurance.

American Federation of Teachers convention devoted to boosting Democratic Party candidates

By Nancy Hanover, 19 July 2018

In the aftermath of the biggest teachers’ strike wave in 40 years, the American Federation of Teachers bureaucracy is seeking to head off a militant movement and defend its interests by promoting the Democrats in the mid-term elections.

US judge rules literacy is “not a right”

By Phyllis Steele, 11 July 2018

A Detroit District Court judge has dismissed a suit charging Michigan officials with systematically defunding and mismanaging schools.

Trump’s attack on the Department of Education

By Nancy Hanover, 4 July 2018

Trump and Education Secretary DeVos are calling for the merger of the Departments of Education and Labor in the name of “shrinking government” and “workforce development.”

“Teachers will be in the classroom…there will be no labor activity”

Pennsylvania judge breaks teachers’ strike

By Adam Mclean, 29 June 2018

Less than 24 hours after teachers struck on June 19 in the small town of Dallas, a Luzerne County judge ordered them back to work.

Social studies teachers denounce anti-democratic changes to Michigan education curriculum

By Debra Watson and Ed Bergonzi, 26 June 2018

Teachers are opposing proposed changes to the state’s social studies curriculum that would block students from learning about struggles for democratic and civil rights.

Teachers and the political struggle

By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 26 June 2018

In the aftermath of the union betrayal of their strikes and protests, teachers are running for seats in their state legislatures in unprecedented numbers, posing fundamental political issues for the working class.

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.

Omaha Public Schools board cuts $29 million from budget

By Michael Walters, 16 June 2018

The slashing of funding for the largest school district in Nebraska will result in the elimination of positions in the central office as well as bus drivers, student support liaisons, accountants and IT professionals.

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.

Nashville teachers, school workers denounce pay freeze

By Warren Duzak, 9 June 2018

At a public hearing earlier this week, school employees denounced city officials for handing out corporate tax cuts while starving the public schools of resources.

Nashville, Tennessee charter school teachers victimized as school’s finances investigated

By Zachary Thorton, 5 June 2018

New Vision Academy is under investigation by the city’s school district for financial irregularities and noncompliance with federal law after teachers came forward as whistleblowers to report the activities.

Documents reveal the vast influence of Koch brothers in US universities and public schools

By Harvey Simpkins, 29 May 2018

Last month, George Mason University released documents showing how the Charles Koch Foundation and the Federalist Society maintain control over the appointment of professors and the setting of curriculum.

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.”

Support the National City teachers! Defend public education!

By Kevin Mitchell—SEP candidate for US Congress in California, 26 May 2018

Teachers in the San Diego community have joined a growing wave of teachers’ strikes taking place nationally.

Puerto Rican students at New York University ask to stay another semester

By Isaac Finn, 24 May 2018

Twenty-seven Puerto Rican students, who are attending NYU through a program to aid survivors of Hurricane Maria, have requested that the NYU administration extend the program.

A reply to the communications director of the South Carolina Education Association

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 24 May 2018

The following is an exchange about the May 21 World Socialist Web Site article, “Teachers and public workers protest in South Carolina.”

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!”

South Carolina teachers to rally for better pay and funding for schools

By Hiram Lee, 19 May 2018

For the unions, the aim of the demonstration is to smother opposition, isolate it from protests in other states, and channel workers behind the Democratic Party.

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.

Twenty thousand teachers rally in North Carolina

By Rosa Shahnazarian and Will Morrow, 17 May 2018

While teachers expressed their determination for a united struggle, the unions called the rally to avert a strike and channel opposition behind the Democratic Party.

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.

Deals by unions to end US teacher strikes funded by regressive taxes, more budget cuts

By Nancy Hanover, 15 May 2018

The meager pay raises and funding increases in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona, hailed as “victories” by the unions and their supporters, will be funded through new attacks on workers.

Flint high school teachers criticize deteriorating working conditions

By Genevieve Leigh and Sam Wayne, 15 May 2018

Multiple educators reported that Southwestern Academy high school has held dozens of classes without teachers for months at a time over the course of the current school year.

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.

Alabama teacher salaries unchanged for ten years

By Shelley Connor, 14 May 2018

The Alabama legislature approved a 2.5 percent raise for teachers and other state employees earlier in the year, the first cost of living raise for the state’s teachers in a decade.

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.

“Do you work your best when you work for peanuts?” ask Pueblo teachers

First teachers’ strike in Colorado since 1994 now in third day

By Bill Kidd and Nancy Hanover, 10 May 2018

Pueblo, Colorado teachers continue their strike as District 60 begins opening schools.

University of California three-day strike ends without any resolution for workers

By Kayla Costa, 10 May 2018

The health and service workers now face the efforts of the union to isolate their struggle and push a sellout contract.

More than 50,000 UC workers on strike

For a political movement of the entire working class against inequality and capitalism!

By David Moore, 9 May 2018

The strike of university workers in California is part of a growing wave of workers’ struggles around education and healthcare.

Sympathy strike expands University of California picket lines

By Evelyn Rios, 9 May 2018

Nurses and administrative professionals joined service and technical workers on strike across 10 California campuses as students also began to express their support.

NYC New School worker-students strike against poverty wages

By Alan Whyte, 9 May 2018

Striking worker-students set up picket lines Tuesday at three entrances of the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Billionaire Bloomberg and union chief Weingarten join forces to undermine teachers’ struggle

By Fred Mazelis and Steve Light, 9 May 2018

The former New York City mayor and the head of the American Federation of Teachers are worried the wave of strikes and protests initiated by the rank and file will spread and challenge decades of austerity.

Educators’ struggle in US continues in aftermath of union betrayal in Arizona

By Jerry White, 8 May 2018

The strikes and protests that have erupted so far this year are initial expressions of a powerful, objective social movement that raises basic political questions for all workers.

Unions isolate striking Pueblo, Colorado teachers

By Bill Kidd and Will Morrow, 8 May 2018

The teachers unions are isolating the striking teachers not only from their counterparts across the US, but throughout Colorado.

Dozens of classes without teachers at Flint, Michigan, high school

By Genevieve Leigh and Sam Wayne, 8 May 2018

The school administration at Flint Southwestern Academy has hidden from parents and the community for months that dozens of their children’s classes are being held without teachers.

Cafeteria workers at the New School threatened with layoffs

By Philip Guelpa, 8 May 2018

Administrators at the private university in New York City have announced plans to dismiss the entire cafeteria staff and replace them with even lower-paid workers.

Facebook censors Arizona educators’ rank-and-file committee group

By Jerry White, 7 May 2018

Facebook has disabled the Arizona Educators Rank and File Committee group, which provided a forum for teachers to oppose the betrayal of their struggles by the unions.

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.