Education in the US
“If the workers united we would be a dominating force”
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.
By Bill Kidd, 5 May 2018
As in other states that have been centers of opposition from teachers, the unions have done everything they could to prevent a walkout, and are now working to isolate the struggle.
By David Moore, 4 May 2018
The deal orders teachers back to work while meeting none of the five demands for which 60,000 teachers walked out.
By David Moore and Adam McLean, 3 May 2018
The teachers unions decided to call for one more day of walkouts in response to mass teacher opposition to the call to return to work.
By David Moore, 2 May 2018
The Arizona Education Association and Arizona Educators United have told teachers to end their strike without obtaining their demands for pay raises and restoration of $1 billion in school funding cuts.
By David Moore, 1 May 2018
Asked about growing calls by teachers for a nationwide strike, the American Federation of Teachers president said the union wanted to turn the walkouts into a “walk-in to the voting booth” for the Democrats.
By Bill Kidd, 1 May 2018
After teachers walked out last week to demand higher wages and school funding, the unions are backing a plan by state Democrats that will do little to address a decade of school cuts
By Jerry White, 30 April 2018
The unions are determined above all to block the development of a political movement of the working class in opposition to the capitalist system.
By David Moore and Adam McLean, 30 April 2018
There is widespread support for teachers throughout the state, which must be organized and mobilized to fight to defend public education.
By Will Morrow, 30 April 2018
The censorship is a clear indication that a sellout by the union and AEU is imminent.
By David Moore, 28 April 2018
As in West Virginia and Oklahoma, the unions in Arizona are doing everything they can to shut down the struggle as quickly as possible.
By David Moore, 27 April 2018
Arizona teachers launched their first strike in state history while educators in neighboring Colorado are walking out as the struggle of teachers continues to grow.
“If we did this nationally, we'd have greater success”
By our reporters, 27 April 2018
Teachers rejected the efforts to divide them from school support staff and called for a united struggle with teachers across the country.
By Daniel de Vries, 26 April 2018
Striking teaching and research assistants at the Ivy League school in New York City are the latest to join the worldwide upsurge of education workers.
By J. Cooper, 26 April 2018
The newly appointed pro-charter school education commissioner, Wayne Lewis, says he will issue his decision by Monday.
By Steve Light, 26 April 2018
The union acted quickly to isolate and shut down the Jersey City strike.
By Jerry White, 25 April 2018
With the teachers’ struggle spreading, it is urgent that workers review the political lessons of the experience of educators in the first stage of this battle.
By Will Morrow, 24 April 2018
The union is seeking to turn the walkout into a “lobbying” day at the state capitol and prevent the spread of teacher strikes throughout the country by channeling opposition behind the election of Democrats.
By Josh Varlin, 24 April 2018
Graduate students at the New York City Ivy League university are striking after Columbia refused to bargain with the union.
By Jerry White, 23 April 2018
As the week starts, teachers in Arizona and Colorado prepare walkouts as part of the rebellion of educators spreading across the US and internationally.
By Jerry White, 20 April 2018
More than three-quarters of the 57,000 Arizona educators who cast ballots voted for strike action, which is scheduled to begin next Thursday.
By J. Cooper, 19 April 2018
Teachers are voting on whether to walk out over the governor’s pay offer, which falls far short of their demands.
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 18 April 2018
The end of the strike, and the inevitability of a new social eruption, directly pose the need for workers to consciously work over the lessons of the struggle.
By Jerry White, 17 April 2018
The teachers’ courageous fight for improved wages and increased school funding for their students was betrayed by the Oklahoma Education Association and the Oklahoma City-American Federation of Teachers.
By Trévon Austin, 17 April 2018
Inspired by educators in other states, teachers protested Monday at the capitol building in Denver.
By Jerry White and Niles Niemuth, 16 April 2018
Over the weekend, teachers networked with each other to organize sickouts and other forms of protest as schools reopen today.
By J. Cooper, 16 April 2018
The Kentucky legislature overrode the governor’s veto of a budget and tax bill, leaving in place bills taking millions from education.
By Jerry White, 14 April 2018
Thousands of teachers showed up at the state capitol Friday in a show of defiance against the unions and school officials trying to break their two-week strike.
“The unions are trying to shut down a growing nationwide movement”
By Niles Niemuth in Oklahoma City, 13 April 2018
Teachers reacted with anger and a determination to continue the strike following a back-to-work order announced by the OEA Thursday afternoon.
By Jerry White, 13 April 2018
The formation of rank-and-file committees is the basis for taking the conduct of the struggle out of the hands of the anti-working class organizations that call themselves “unions.”
By Jerry White, 12 April 2018
Rank-and-file teachers took to social media to denounce the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) for trying to tamp down their demands and end the strike.
By Jerry White, 11 April 2018
The Oklahoma Education Association is trying to end the strike on the basis of a rotten deal that abandons the teachers’ main demands.
By Jerry White, 10 April 2018
The walkout shut down schools serving at least 500,000 of the state’s 700,000 public school students on Monday, and scores of districts have announced that schools will be closed Tuesday.
By Keisha Gibbs and Warren Duzak, 9 April 2018
Public schools in Nashville, Tennessee face cuts to free food programs and elimination of funding to schools with impoverished students.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 9 April 2018
As the strike by tens of thousands of Oklahoma teachers and support staff enters its second week, workers face a critical crossroads.
By Will Morrow, 7 April 2018
The Oklahoma Education Association, working in collaboration with Democratic and Republican lawmakers, is seeking to end the strike by Tuesday.
By Steve Light and Alan Whyte, 7 April 2018
New York City bus operators interviewed by the WSWS expressed their support for the teachers strike in Oklahoma as well as their distrust of the role of the unions.
By Tom Hall, 7 April 2018
In a recent article, ISO writer Lee Sustar appeals to the trade unions to work with the pseudo-left to provide them with a “left” cover.
By Jerry White, 6 April 2018
As the strike by Oklahoma teachers enters its fifth day, protests, stoppages and demands for statewide walkouts by educators are spreading in Kentucky, Arizona and other states.
“We need to take inspiration from their courage”
By our reporters, 6 April 2018
Autoworkers in the greater Detroit area and Chicago voiced support for teachers who are defying the unions to take a stand in defense of public education.
“We need to stop putting profits above pupils”
By Jerry White, 5 April 2018
Most school districts in the state have closed today because of the walkout, with many others cancelling classes through Friday.
By Alexander Fangmann, 5 April 2018
The 350 liberal arts and other faculty were joined by several hundred students, alumni and other supporters.
By Jerry White, 4 April 2018
By early Tuesday evening, most of the state’s districts, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa, announced that schools would be closed Wednesday.
“This is not the civics lessons we’ve been teaching … we’re going to see more of this!”
By J. Cooper, 4 April 2018
Not only teachers and school support staff, but parents, bus drivers, firefighters, emergency responders and others attended the rally at the state capitol.
By Jacob Crosse and Christopher Davion, 4 April 2018
The proposed slashing of humanities programs to cover a comparatively modest budget shortfall comes amid immense levels of social inequality and record profits for the wealthy.
By Joseph Kishore, 3 April 2018
The growing wave of unrest among educators requires not only the attention and support of all workers, but their active participation.
By Jerry White, 3 April 2018
Unable to stop the strike initiated by rank-and-file teachers, the unions are now seeking to prevent the walkout in Oklahoma from becoming a catalyst for a far broader strike.
“This needs to go to all 50 states”
By our reporters, 3 April 2018
WSWS reporters spoke to striking teachers, teachers’ assistants and other public employees who attended yesterday’s demonstration of more than 15,000 people.
Northern California teacher placed on leave after encouraging discussion of school shooting protests
By Dan Conway, 3 April 2018
Rocklin High School history teacher Julianne Benzel was disciplined after encouraging discussion over last month’s school shooting protests.
By Tom Hall, 2 April 2018
The courageous stand by Oklahoma teachers follows the nine-day strike in West Virginia, where educators’ defiance of the state government and the unions galvanized workers throughout the country and internationally.
Build rank-and-file committees to unite with teachers in Arizona and Kentucky!
By the Socialist Equality Party, 1 April 2018
The statewide strike in Oklahoma is part of an expanding wave of struggles by educators across the United States and internationally.
By Will Morrow, 31 March 2018
Teachers closed schools in opposition to a bill passed Thursday night that includes sweeping attacks to pensions.
“This is not just about raises, it is about restoring funding”
By Jerry White and Todd Denton, 30 March 2018
More than 40,000 Oklahoma teachers are preparing to walk out on Monday in defiance of anti-strike laws and the sabotage of the unions
By Jerry White, 29 March 2018
Thousands of teachers marched at the state capitol in Phoenix, Arizona Wednesday, as the wave of teachers struggles continues to spread across the US and internationally.
By Eric London, 28 March 2018
Teachers in North and South America, Europe, Africa and elsewhere are fighting for higher wages, pensions, and in defense of the right to public education.
By Jerry White, 28 March 2018
The wave of teachers’ strikes in the US and internationally has raised vital political and strategic issues, which must be discussed and debated to take this struggle forward.
As April 2 strike by Oklahoma educators looms
By Trévon Austin, 27 March 2018
About 8,000 to 10,000 teachers are expected to participate in Phoenix, with thousands more protesting in other cities.
By Todd Denton and Nancy Hanover, 24 March 2018
Oklahoma teachers are continuing their preparations for an April 2 statewide strike in Oklahoma as the unions seek a rotten legislative deal, including regressive taxation on state residents.
By J. Cooper, 22 March 2018
Teachers in Arizona organized sickouts Wednesday and traveled to Phoenix to demand pay raises, while educators in Kentucky rallied in the state capital to oppose attacks on retirement benefits.
US, Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and Europe
By Jerry White, 21 March 2018
Ten years after the 2008 financial crash, which ushered in a decade of savage budget cutting, teachers around the world are protesting and striking.
By Paul Sherman, 21 March 2018
Teachers in the South Butler School District, just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania went on strike last Thursday to demand pay raises as part of a growing wave of struggles by educators.
Part 3: NYU and the efforts to censor the Internet
By the IYSSE at NYU, 21 March 2018
New York University, the largest private research university in the US, in heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the Internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.
“It’s all about building the stock market and not about people”
By J. Cooper and Nancy Hanover, 20 March 2018
Kentucky, which borders West Virginia, is the scene of escalating protests by educators, with growing demands for strike action over deep-going threats to their pensions.
By Jerry White, 20 March 2018
A recent article by a former top executive at the American Federation of Teachers argues that the unions exist to “maintain labor peace” and “tamp down rank-and-file gripes and discord.”
NYU’s role in “cybersecurity” and mass surveillance
By the IYSSE at NYU, 20 March 2018
The largest private research university in the US is heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.
By Jerry White, 19 March 2018
The union rushed to get the agreement as teachers prepared to defy a judge’s back-to-work order, which would trigger a broader confrontation with the state’s Democratic and Republican politicians.
By Carlos Delgado, 19 March 2018
The protest against the cuts comes as educators and students across the country have mobilized in defense of public education.
NYU and the preparations of US imperialism for world war
By the IYSSE at NYU, 19 March 2018
New York University, the largest private research university in the US, is heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.
By our reporters, 17 March 2018
The Jersey City strike is part of a growing wave of working-class opposition in the US, following the shutdown of the West Virginia teachers strike earlier this month.
By Shannon Jones and Todd Thompson, 16 March 2018
The state legislature rejected a proposal for a pay hike that fell far short of teacher demands for a $10,000 raise.
By Nancy Hanover, 15 March 2018
After months of protests, Arizona teachers are pressing for statewide strike action on wages and benefits.
“Everybody’s skeptical of the task force”
By Zac Corrigan, 15 March 2018
A nine-day teachers strike was ended by the unions with the creation of a health care task force, consisting of openly hostile state legislators, health insurance CEOs, and the very union bureaucrats who sold out the strike.
By Jessica Goldstein, 14 March 2018
Having demobilized students and pushed through a sellout deal, the Graduate Employees Organization is promoting impotent appeals to university officials.
By our reporters, 14 March 2018
Thousands of students are walking out at high schools throughout the US today, in opposition to school shootings.
As Trump’s education secretary threatens deep education cuts
By E.P. Milligan, 13 March 2018
After the nine-day strike in West Virginia, educators in other states are coming into conflict with the unions, which are trying to block a unified struggle for increased wages and funding for public education.
After nine-day West Virginia strike
By Nancy Hanover, 12 March 2018
Educators in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona are organizing protests and strikes on social media to oppose years of concessions and budget cuts.
By Jerry White, 12 March 2018
The widespread use of social media by the West Virginia teachers and the growth of the class struggle internationally make clear why the US government and Silicon Valley tech giants want to censor the Internet.
Movement for teacher walkouts in Oklahoma, Kentucky, New Jersey and Arizona
By Will Morrow, 10 March 2018
The ruling class and the trade unions are desperately seeking to control social opposition and prevent demands for walkouts from developing in the direction of a general strike.
By Jerry White, 9 March 2018
In the aftermath of the nine-day strike by West Virginia teachers, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said that the unions are necessary to contain opposition.
Reject the sellout on tuition waivers—for free higher education for all
By Andy Thompson and Jessica Goldstein, 9 March 2018
The Graduate Employees Organization is desperately trying to shut-down the strike of 2,700 graduate student workers at the University of Illinois.
By Eric London, 9 March 2018
Jacobin and the ISO’s role in the West Virginia teachers strike is an instructive example of how the pseudo-left stifles working-class opposition and directs it behind the trade unions and Democratic Party.
By Will Morrow, 7 March 2018
The deal does not address the central demand of teachers—an end to soaring health care costs—while it pays for inadequate wage increases through cuts to Medicaid and other social programs.
“West Virginia teachers have shown us team effort and organization”
By Nancy Hanover, 7 March 2018
Oklahoma teachers are demanding statewide strike action to reverse years of declining living standards, increasing class sizes and budget cuts to K-12 education.
By our reporters, 7 March 2018
Teachers in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia’s two most populous states, have expressed powerful support for the struggle being waged by their counterparts in West Virginia.
By Joseph Kishore, 6 March 2018
Every major social conflict reveals in the movement of masses of people essential political relations, testing out and evaluating the validity of political conceptions.
By Jerry White, 6 March 2018
Teachers, school bus drivers, and custodians from across the state converged on Charleston as the walkout of 33,000 school employees continued.
Reject the sellout deal that robs Medicaid from school children
By Jerry White, 6 March 2018
On Tuesday morning, the West Virginia governor and the unions announced that a deal had been made to shut down the teachers’ strike.
“If you have one bad illness and go to the hospital, that wipes your income out”
By a WSWS reporting team, 6 March 2018
The teachers’ union has sought to bury the issue of insurance funding as part of its attempt to sell out the strike.
“I think they should keep striking”
By George Marlowe and Andy Thompson, 6 March 2018
Chicago autoworkers expressed their support for the West Virginia teachers on strike and denounced the conditions they face.
By Jerry White, 5 March 2018
The strike by more than 33,000 teachers and support staff has entered its eighth day and a new and decisive stage.
Form rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!
By the Socialist Equality Party, 5 March 2018
The SEP urges striking teachers and school employees to go from impromptu meetings and rallies to the election of rank-and-file strike committees to mobilize the entire working class.
By our reporters, 5 March 2018
Education workers in the UK send messages of support to the striking West Virginia teachers.
By Eric London, 5 March 2018
The Democratic West Virginia state senator is being presented by the corporate media as a tough-talking friend of the working class. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“Teachers from Oklahoma stand with West Virginia”
By Todd Thompson, 5 March 2018
The Oklahoma Education Association has acquiesced to years of budget cuts, and educators are now organizing independently through social media to demand action.
Form rank-and-file committees to expand the struggle
By Jerry White, 4 March 2018
The beginning of the Frontier Communications strike follows a calculated provocation by the state Senate, which voted Saturday night to reduce the pay offer to teachers and school employees from 5 percent to 4 percent.
By Jerry White, 3 March 2018
As the powerful strike of 30,000 West Virginia teachers and other school employees extends into the weekend, the unions and state Democrats hope to push through an agreement already rejected by rank-and-file educators.
“I think the working class should be in control”
By our reporters, 3 March 2018
More than 1,500 students and teachers attended a demonstration and march outside the state capitol building organized by high school students.
“A lot of people are calling for all the workers to go out on strike”
By our reporters, 3 March 2018
There is growing international support for the courageous stand taken by teachers in West Virginia.
By Jerry White, 2 March 2018
Teachers and school employees have courageously defied the efforts by the unions, Democrats and Republicans to end their strike.
By Will Morrow, 2 March 2018
WSWS reporters spoke with public school employees as 30,000 workers continued to defy the unions’ efforts to shut down the strike.