Education in the US

The political lessons of the University of Illinois graduate student strike

By Andy Thompson, 16 April 2019

The strike by 1,500 graduate students has come to an end with a totally inadequate agreement, raising important political lessons that must be assimilated in preparation for future struggles.

Chicago symphony musicians strike defies aristocratic principle

By Kristina Betinis, 13 April 2019

As CSO strike enters sixth week, a right-wing pressure campaign is being mounted to try to force the musicians to make concessions on their pensions.

070 UIC faculty vote to strike

13 April 2019

George Mason University law school receives largest donation in school’s history from estate of far-right judge

By Nick Barrickman and Rhiannon Jones, 13 April 2019

With an influx of tens of millions of dollars from far-right conservative donors, the Antonin Scalia Law School is situating itself as a center of reactionary legal views.

West Virginia college axes liberal arts; Pennsylvania Historical Society slashes workforce

By Tom Eley, 12 April 2019

The moves are symptomatic of a society that can spare nothing for art and history, subordinating them to the profit imperatives of the financial elite.

Sacramento, California teachers conduct one day strike

By Ben McGrath, 12 April 2019

As the teachers union works to reach a sellout deal with county officials, rank-and-file teachers are striving for a broader struggle in defense of public education.

College admissions scandal in the US: An inevitable product of malignant levels of social inequality

By David Walsh, 12 April 2019

The corrupt process is the implementation, in this particular field, of the “aristocratic principle,” the domination of the plutocracy at the expense of every other social interest or concern.

One-day strike by Sacramento, California teachers

By Dan Conway, 11 April 2019

Ninety-two percent of Sacramento City Teachers Association members voted last month to authorize strike action in the state capital.

Philadelphia Community College teachers face union sellout

By Tom Eley, 9 April 2019

The deal, which must be voted on by the membership, would create a permanent category of lower-paid educators.

Tennessee teachers organize protests over educational funding and vouchers

By Warren Duzak, 9 April 2019

Tennessee teachers are joining the growing protests across the US to defend public education and oppose privatization schemes.

Mississippi teachers threaten first strike since 1985

By J. L’Heureau and Nancy Hanover, 8 April 2019

With Mississippi paying the lowest wages in the country, educators are enraged over the state's refusal to substantially increase them. Calls to defy the state’s brutal anti-strike laws are growing.

University of Illinois at Chicago grad student union pushes sellout contract

By Andy Thompson, 8 April 2019

Teaching assistants should reject the deal being pushed by the Graduate Employees Organization and its parent unions and spearhead a fight against the Democrats’ austerity measures.

Community College of Philadelphia faculty vote for strike action

By Nancy Hanover, 2 April 2019

In the aftermath of more than a decade of cuts to higher education, faculty at publicly-funded colleges are being galvanized into strike action.

Beloit College students protest speech by Blackwater founder Erik Prince, prompting cancellation

By Jacob Crosse, 2 April 2019

The founder of the notorious mercenary group had been invited to speak at the private liberal arts school in Wisconsin by the local chapter of Young Americans for Freedom.

San Diego teachers and parents left in the dark as school district threatens massive budget cuts

By Evelyn Rios, 29 March 2019

The Sweetwater school district and its teachers’ union have begun bargaining on an austerity contract in the aftermath of the announcement of the district’s $68 million shortfall.

Strike by University of Illinois at Chicago grad students in danger

By George Gallanis, 28 March 2019

While graduate workers have received broad support from workers and students, their struggle has been isolated by the teachers unions, which are aligned with the state Democrats.

Rutgers University faculty in New Jersey votes to strike

By Owen Mullan, 25 March 2019

Over 3,600 faculty members and teaching assistants at New Jersey’s leading state university voted last week to strike over wages and teaching conditions.

Indiana teachers shot ‘execution style’ with plastic pellets during school shooting drill

By George Marlowe, 23 March 2019

Teachers in Indiana were subject to a violent school shooting drill by law enforcement officials in January which left them bleeding and bruised for weeks.

Thousands hold one-day strike at University of California schools and health systems

By Evelyn Rios, 21 March 2019

Yesterday, thousands of the lowest paid workers struck throughout the University of California’s ten campus system, the largest public higher education institution in the world.

University of Illinois at Chicago graduate student workers go on strike

By Andy Thompson, 21 March 2019

Graduate student workers walked out Tuesday to demand increases to pay and benefits and a reduction in fees.

Amid scandal and federal investigations, Nashville, Tennessee charter school closes in the middle of the school year

By Zachary Thorton, 21 March 2019

The largely unregulated charter school edu-business industry took another hit with the sudden closure of the scandal-ridden New Vision Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.

California university workers in one-day strike across the state

By Evelyn Rios, 20 March 2019

Thousands of low-paid workers will strike on Wednesday throughout the University of California’s 10-campus system, the largest public institution of higher learning in the world.

Sacramento, California teachers authorize strike

By Dan Conway, 20 March 2019

The overwhelming strike vote in California’s state capital expresses the militancy of teachers across the country fighting the bipartisan assault on public education.

Millions of American youth attend schools with police but no support staff

By Valery Tsekov, 18 March 2019

The “Cops and No Counselors” report released last week by the ACLU reveals the decay of American public schools and the growing militarization of society.

Strike looms for University of Illinois at Chicago graduate students

By George Gallanis, 16 March 2019

The Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) is determined to avoid a strike at all costs and ram through a sellout agreement.

The college admissions scandal and the rigged system of admissions at elite universities

By Gabriel Black, 15 March 2019

The scandal involving charges against 50 individuals, including 33 parents, is a window into the anti-democratic character of the entire world of admissions processes in higher education.

Teacher sickouts in Kentucky, protests in Maryland and Texas

By E.P. Milligan, 14 March 2019

Thousands of teachers are fighting for more school funding, higher wages, and an end to attacks on public education.

Trump proposes slashing public education by $7 billion

By Shelley Connor, 14 March 2019

Trump’s proposed budget, released earlier this week, would cut education spending by over $7 billion while transferring billions to charter and private schools.

Aiming to quash strikes, US teacher union launches campaign to prop up Democrats

By Nancy Hanover, 12 March 2019

Amid increasing strikes and struggles in defense of public education across the US and the world, the teachers’ unions are launching a new initiative to stifle the class struggle and corral teachers behind the capitalist political parties.

As teacher anger explodes across US

How to fight for public education in Indiana

By WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 11 March 2019

Teacher strikes are escalating in the fight against a brutal drive by big business to privatize education and further plunder public education.

“We may walk out because we need drastic change”

Indiana teachers rally against low pay, attacks on public education

By George Marlowe, 11 March 2019

While more than a thousand Indiana teachers rallied in the state Capitol against a decline in teacher salaries over the last 20 years, the unions are actively working to prevent any mass walkouts.

Teachers speak out at Indianapolis rally to defend public education

By our reporters, 11 March 2019

Teachers attending Saturday’s rally denounced low pay, the promotion of charter schools and other privatization schemes, while chanting "strike!" multiple times.

Kentucky teachers speak against attacks on public education

By our reporters, 11 March 2019

Teachers in Kentucky are holding discussions and seeking to develop their fight for pension rights and the defense of public education in the face of sabotage by the state and local teacher unions.

Jefferson County, Kentucky teachers continue sickouts in defiance of unions

By our reporter, 8 March 2019

As sickouts by teachers in Kentucky’s largest school district continued into the second day, the unions were desperately working with state and local officials to shut down the protest.

Atlanta School Board prepares a fresh assault on public education

By Kranti Kumara, 8 March 2019

With charter schools already proliferating within Atlanta, pro-privatization policy leaders are set to implement a new plan for closing and charterizing public schools.

Democratic Socialists of America and Jacobin cover for union sellout of Oakland teachers strike

By Norisa Diaz, 8 March 2019

The function of the DSA and other pseudo-left organizations is to provide a political cover for the unions, which are doing everything they can to isolate and suppress the rebellion of teachers.

Union describes walkout as “disruptive”

Kentucky teachers’ sickout closes state’s largest district

By Naomi Spencer, 7 March 2019

The mass action, organized by a new group calling itself “JCPS Leads,” forced Jefferson County Public Schools to cancel school for the second time in the space of a week.

“The unions are trying to divide the students and teachers”

Oakland students oppose sellout of teachers strike, plan to continue fight to defend public education

By Genevieve Leigh and Kayla Costa, 7 March 2019

There is growing anger among students and teachers in Oakland, California over the shutdown of the seven-day Oakland teachers strike by the Oakland Education Association.

The betrayal of the Oakland teacher strike and the way forward for students

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 7 March 2019

The OEA has declared the strike over, but students, teachers and parents are determined to continue and expand the fight to defend public education.

Students and teachers outraged as

Oakland, California school board passes devastating budget cut following union sellout

By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 5 March 2019

The betrayal of the seven-day teacher strike by the Oakland Education Association has opened the door to deep cuts and school closings.

Denver schools ax jobs in wake of contract pushed through by union

By Andrea Peters, 5 March 2019

After just three days on the picket line, the union sent teachers back to work with about two hours’ notice, claiming that it had won a major victory.

Oppose Eastern Michigan University’s privatization schemes!

By IYSSE at Eastern Michigan University, 5 March 2019

University administrators are currently considering privatizing its housing services following the recent privatization of its dining and parking services.

Vote “no” on sell-out agreement

Union pushes contract in effort to shut down Oakland teachers’ strike

By Joseph Santolan, 2 March 2019

The deal leaves $30 million of district budget cuts and school closures intact, while allowing school closures, giving teachers raises below inflation, and addressing none of their other pressing demands.

As Oakland strike enters seventh day, union keeps teachers in dark on negotiations

By Norisa Diaz and Joseph Santolan, 1 March 2019

The rank-and-file strike committee, at a meeting Thursday night, exposed the anti-democratic measures of the OEA leadership.

Oakland strike, mass “sickout” in Kentucky

Teacher anger exploding across the United States

By Nancy Hanover, 1 March 2019

A summary of teacher struggles underscores the need for educators to break the grip of the unions in order to unify in a common fight to defend public education.

Oakland teachers continue strike as Kentucky teachers launch statewide sickout

By Joseph Santolan, 28 February 2019

As teachers in Oakland California begin their sixth day on strike, the wave of teachers struggles, begun in West Virginia a year ago, continues to expand across the United States.

“We always have money for wars but not for public education”

Oakland teachers and students speak as strike reaches critical juncture

By our reporters, 28 February 2019

Teachers, students and other workers expressed their determination to fight on the fifth day of the strike by 3,000 educators in Oakland, California.

Oakland teachers form rank-and-file strike committee as union keeps educators in the dark

By Ben McGrath, 27 February 2019

Teachers are seeking to take the conduct of the strike into their own hands and prevent a betrayal of their struggle by the Oakland Education Association.

Fremont, California teachers stage sick-out

By Jonathan Burleigh, 27 February 2019

Teachers in the Bay Area city of Fremont called in sick last week after working without a contract for the entire school year. Their wildcat action came two days before the start of the Oakland teachers’ strike.

The global struggle of teachers

By Jerry White, 26 February 2019

Throughout the world, teachers have come to the forefront of the struggle against decades of austerity and levels of social inequality not seen since the 1920s.

Unions, Democrats rush to end strike as Oakland teachers resist attack on public education

By Joseph Santolan, 26 February 2019

The district’s financial oversight trustee has threatened to veto any deal that provides wage increases above the rate of inflation.

“We need a national strike!”

Oakland teachers and students speak on third day of strike

By our reporters, 26 February 2019

On the third day of the strike, teachers and students alike expressed strong support for a broader, united struggle of workers against the corporate assault on education.

In wake of January teachers strike, further attacks on public schools planned in Los Angeles

By Dan Conway, 26 February 2019

Details are emerging of how the Los Angeles Unified School District intends to prosecute its assault on teachers, including plans to break up the district into multiple local networks.

Growing calls for nation-wide struggle as unions work to shut down Oakland teachers strike

By Joseph Santolan, 25 February 2019

The Oakland Education Association is collaborating with the Democratic Party, which controls California, to end the strike on the basis of an agreement that will facilitate the continued assault on public education.

Why is there no strike pay for Oakland teachers?

By Jonathan Burleigh, 25 February 2019

Oakland teachers pay more than $1,000 in union dues every year and have every right to adequate strike benefits to sustain this historic fight.

Oakland, California teachers press for expansion of strike as union seeks to contain struggle

By Evan Blake, 23 February 2019

Despite its rhetoric, the OEA is working to isolate teachers from their class allies and prevent a broader struggle in defense of public education.

“Everybody needs to go on strike”

Charleston, West Virginia residents support teachers fighting to defend public education

By our reporters, 23 February 2019

The unions called off the West Virginia teachers strike amid a growing national strike wave and broad support in the working class.

Vote “No” on sell-out contract!

As voting takes place, Denver teachers angry over tentative agreement

By Nancy Hanover and George Marlowe, 23 February 2019

The WSWS Teachers Newsletter urges teachers to reject the deal, which does not resolve any of the issues concerning poverty wages for teachers or the broader attack on public education.

Students speak out against closure of Oregon College of Art and Craft

By our reporters, 23 February 2019

After years of deceit and backroom talks, the administration and Board of Trustees announced that they will close and sell-off OCAC by the end of the semester.

For a unified struggle of Oakland students and teachers to defend public education!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality - Berkeley, 23 February 2019

The IYSSE supports and applauds the tens of thousands of teenage students in Oakland who have protested in solidarity with their striking teachers.

Support Oakland teachers! For a general strike to defend education!

By WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 22 February 2019

The call must go out in every workplace in the Bay Area, across California, the US and internationally: “The Oakland teachers must not fight this decisive battle alone!”

Powerful support for Oakland teachers’ strike

By Jonathan Burleigh, 22 February 2019

Like teachers across the US and internationally, striking teachers in Oakland, California are fighting against the corporate war on public education and the complicity of the trade unions.

House Education and Labor Committee: US schools are in shambles

By J. Cooper, 22 February 2019

A recent Congressional hearing exposed the disastrous state of public schools but offers no solutions.

Oakland, California teachers walk out as unions sabotage West Virginia strike

By Jerry White, 21 February 2019

Teachers in Oakland, California have walked out of schools in the latest of a series of strikes by educators in the US and internationally against austerity and social inequality.

Trump regime targets “loser teachers” in red-baiting tirade

By Nancy Hanover, 21 February 2019

Speaking in El Paso last week, Donald Trump, Jr. launched into a vicious McCarthyite attack on public school teachers, one of a series of anti-socialist diatribes by the administration.

West Virginia educators remain defiant in second day of statewide strike

By Tom Eley, 20 February 2019

The unions’ attempts to declare “victory” have so far failed to convince teachers, who remember all too well similar claims after the betrayal of their statewide strike last year.

“They’ll tell you one thing and turn around and do another”

West Virginia teachers denounce attack on public education

By our reporters, 20 February 2019

Teachers and their allies condemned attacks on public education and expressed enthusiasm for the expansion of strikes.

Chicago Teachers Union shuts down strike at CICS charter schools

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 February 2019

Despite hailing it as yet another “victory,” the union agreed to a deal that leaves conditions and teacher compensation at charter schools well below traditional public schools.

Eleven-year-old Florida student arrested after refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance

By Matthew MacEgan, 19 February 2019

The incident occurred after the sixth grader told his substitute teacher that the American flag is “racist” and that the national anthem is offensive to black people.

A year since statewide strike

West Virginia teachers walk out to oppose charter schools

By Jerry White, 19 February 2019

Facing the possibility of imminent wildcat strikes over a reactionary educational bill introducing charter schools, the unions called the strike hoping to shut it down as soon as they can.

Build rank-and-file strike committees! Prepare to expand the strike!

A fighting program for Oakland teachers

By WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 19 February 2019

Oakland, California teachers must break out of union-imposed isolation and organize across bargaining units, district lines, and geographical boundaries. This is the same fight nationally and internationally in defense of public education.

CIA out of Northern Virginia Community College!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 February 2019

The IYSSE demands that NVCC repudiate all ties to the CIA, including barring it and other agencies of the US military-intelligence apparatus from recruiting students.

Oakland, California teachers set to strike this week

By Ben McGrath, 18 February 2019

Oakland educators are faced with a struggle against the Democratic Party and the teachers’ union, which have collaborated in decades of budget cutting in Oakland and across California.

Anger grows among Denver teachers, as union gloats about closed-door negotiations

By Andrea Peters, 18 February 2019

The tentative agreement reached by the union cuts compensation for some school employees and deepens union-management collaboration in merit pay.

Union shuts down Denver teachers strike

By Trévon Austin, 15 February 2019

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association cut a deal in the early hours of Thursday morning and told teachers to return to work before voting on the contract.

Wright State University reaches tentative agreement with faculty enshrining health and pay cuts

By Alexander Fangmann, 15 February 2019

The agreement codifies most of the demands made by the university’s administrators and board of trustees, and should be rejected by faculty.

Union rushing to end Denver teachers strike

By Nancy Hanover, 14 February 2019

Denver teachers should take a warning from the experience of Los Angeles teachers and resist any attempt to rush through a deal that abandons critical demands for substantial increases in pay and school funding and a reduction in class sizes.

Denver teachers battle merit-pay system that is backed by unions, Democratic Party

By Andrea Peters, 13 February 2019

Teachers in Colorado’s largest city are continuing their decisive fight against low pay, performance-based compensation and underfunding of the schools.

Striking Denver teachers speak out

By Rebecca Decario, 13 February 2019

On the second day of their strike, teachers picketing at East High School described the inherent inequalities of merit pay.

Denver teachers strike backed by student walkouts

By Tom Eley, 12 February 2019

Thousands of high school students walked out of class in solidarity with their nearly 3,000 striking teachers.

Chicago charter teachers strike enters second week

By Kristina Betinis, 12 February 2019

Charter school teachers are fighting for decent wages and smaller class sizes, but the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is looking to expands its franchise into the charter business.

In their first strike in 25 years, Denver, Colorado teachers walk out

By Nancy Hanover, 11 February 2019

The Denver strike highlights the growing determination of educators, nationally and internationally, in the face of a concerted assault on public education.

West Virginia teachers, school staff vote “overwhelmingly” to authorize work action

By our reporters, 11 February 2019

Teachers and other school workers in all 55 West Virginia counties voted last week to call a work action against a reactionary omnibus education bill moving through the legislature.

Oakland students walk out as school board prepares major cuts

By Jonathan Burleigh, 11 February 2019

Thousands of Oakland students voiced their support for teachers and hostility to planned budget cuts and school closures.

Wright State University administration issues call for scabs in bid to intimidate striking faculty

By Alexander Fangmann, 9 February 2019

As the strike by full-time faculty at Wright State heads toward a fourth week, the university administration is attempting to threaten striking faculty with the specter of being replaced by “long-term” adjuncts.

48-year-old teacher perishes in house fire on Chicago’s southwest side

By Kristina Betinis, 6 February 2019

Kathleen Gomez was mourned by family and friends at her home on Tuesday evening.

Oakland, California teachers overwhelmingly vote to strike

By Jonathan Burleigh, 6 February 2019

Oakland teachers have voted by 95 percent to authorize a strike, showing the determination of educators to fight in defense of public education.

West Virginia teachers battle legislative “education reform”

By Naomi Spencer, 5 February 2019

Teachers in West Virginia are set to vote on possible “statewide work action” against a raft of right-wing education policies being fast-tracked through the state legislature.

Florida schools to allow real-time video monitoring by the police

By our reporter, 4 February 2019

New measures for the militarization of schools are being adopted one year after the Parkland massacre, while funding for public education, mental health and school counselors continue to be cut.

Florida education commissioner advocates widespread privatization

By Jean Bellevie and Matthew MacEgan, 2 February 2019

A longtime opponent of public education has been named to Florida’s top education position.

West Virginia teachers angered over renewed attack on public education

By Phyllis Steele and Nancy Hanover, 1 February 2019

Members of the West Virginia state legislature are attempting to fast-track a “Comprehensive Education Reform” bill that would further eviscerate public education in the state.

Sacramento school district threatens bankruptcy to extort concessions from teachers

By Dan Conway, 31 January 2019

School district officials in California’s capital city announced they had to cut $16 million from spending by November 2019 to avoid state receivership, with another $16 million in cuts needed for next year.

City Colleges of Chicago averts staff and faculty strike

By Alexander Fangmann, 31 January 2019

Just days after the setting of a February 4 strike date, the Cook County College Teachers Union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that a tentative agreement had been reached.

Oklahoma legislators seek to strip teachers of democratic rights

By Phyllis Steele, 30 January 2019

A series of bills being introduced on February 4 by state Republicans would punish teachers for striking, participating in political activities and exercising freedom of speech.

After sellout of Los Angeles teachers strike, new attacks on public schools coming

By Alan Gilman, 30 January 2019

The agreement failed to meet any of the teachers’ most critical demands to reduce class size, increase wages, stop the expansion of charter schools, and address chronically underfunded budgets.

Indiana school superintendent arrested, charged with fraud for using insurance to help sick student

By Matthew Taylor, 29 January 2019

The arrest of Casey Smitherman has illuminated the wretched living conditions the working class confronts in Indiana and across the US.

"Dead last” in school funding

New punitive “accountability” measures being imposed on Michigan teachers

By Phyllis Steele, 29 January 2019

In Betsy DeVos’s home state, school privatization interests have carried out a record level of education de-funding, now accompanied by punitive “accountability” measures designed to destroy public education.

The International Socialist Organization, Jacobin hail betrayal of Los Angeles teachers’ strike

By Adam Mclean, 28 January 2019

Before, during and after the six-day strike by 33,000 teachers, the ISO and the Democratic Socialists of America sought to subordinate educators to the unions and the Democratic Party.

Colorado Labor Department blocks Denver teachers’ strike

By Eddie Haywood, 28 January 2019

After a 93 percent vote last week for strike action by 5,600 Denver teachers, the state of Colorado has intervened to prevent the walkout.

Mobilize the working class to defend public education!

Virginia teachers and the fight against social inequality

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 28 January 2019

The demonstration today in Virginia is part of a growing movement of teachers, students and workers against attacks on public education.