The Defense of Public Education
By J. Cooper, 17 November 2018
After sabotaging the teachers’ strike movement last spring, the teachers unions turned all energy toward the ballot box. What happened?
By Erika Zimmer, 16 November 2018
The teacher unions have no principled opposition to the high-stakes testing agenda, while Australian teachers have opposed it from the start.
By Anthony Torres, 15 November 2018
Monday’s strike was the first day of action called by the education unions since 2011.
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.
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.
By Robert Stevens, 29 October 2018
The demonstration was far larger than the EIS anticipated and shows the desire of teachers to fight back against pay cuts.
AFSCME officials attempt to suppress WSWS reporting team
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.
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.
By Erika Zimmer, 13 October 2018
Gonski 2.0 advocates an even more regressive testing regime than the NAPLAN model implemented by the Rudd Labor government in 2008.
By Andrea Lobo, 12 October 2018
Teachers face losing a quarter of their real wages this year, while Macri’s austerity policies threaten to cut funding for public education by up to 40 percent in real terms.
By Dan Conway, 6 October 2018
The union for Los Angeles teachers is fighting to block strike action, despite teachers working without a contract and authorizing a strike.
By David Cohen, 6 October 2018
The latest windfall will accelerate the gulf between well-resourced private schools and cash-starved public schools in one of the world’s most unequal education systems.
By our reporters, 5 October 2018
Anger over high levels of social inequality in the Netherlands swelled after the neo-liberal-conservative coalition government announced the abolition of the country’s tax on dividends.
By Tania Kent, 21 September 2018
The government reaction must be seen as a warning: not only will school cuts continue unabated but that they will move forcefully against any attempts to block their austerity agenda.
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.
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.
By our reporter, 13 September 2018
The district’s teachers are being asked to shoulder increased health care costs.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 10 September 2018
The immediate reason for the protest was a local government decision to cut costs in government schools by relocating all fifth and sixth grade students to private schools.
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.
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.
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.
By Kimie Saito, 1 September 2018
For the first time in almost 30 years, Los Angeles teachers vote overwhelmingly for strike action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Kumaran Ira, 27 August 2018
The measure aims to make universities more competitive and to prepare their privatization.
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.
By Dan Conway, 24 August 2018
After working without a contract for 13 months, Los Angeles teachers are taking a strike authorization vote.
By Shelley Connor, 24 August 2018
Puerto Rico teachers began the school year with a one-day protest against privatization and crumbling schools.
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.
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.
By Shelley Connor, 14 August 2018
Teachers have had no pay raises in the past 10 years, classes are overcrowded and hundreds of teachers are starting the school year with no knowledge of where they will be placed.
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.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 6 August 2018
In a rebuff to the union leadership, 50,000 primary school teachers voted to strike on August 15.
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.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 June 2018
The Liberal-National government is seeking to force increasingly poverty-stricken young people to repay student debts.
By Cesar Uco, 22 June 2018
The teachers’ strike has been joined by walkouts of railroad, public transit and other workers as economic conditions continue to deteriorate in Peru.
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.
Teachers must prepare for struggle when schools reopen
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.
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.”
As unions try to block further walkouts
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.
By Hiram Lee, 21 May 2018
Workers held signs that read, “Teachers need to eat too!”, “My income won’t pay my student loans!”
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.
As report shows teachers spending hundreds of dollars on school supplies
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!
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.
On eve of teachers’ protests in North Carolina and South Carolina
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”
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.
By John Braddock, 14 May 2018
Some 50,000 NZ teachers are set to follow their counterparts in the United States and other countries in the fight for jobs, decent wages and working conditions.
As Pueblo teachers strike continues
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.
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.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Sri Lanka), 8 May 2018
The legislation is a further move toward the privatisation of higher education and increased militarisation of the country.
“There’s an attack on all public workers”
By our reporters, 8 May 2018
On Monday, 24,000 service workers on University of California campuses, members of AFSCME Local 3299, hit the picket lines for the first day of a three-day strike.
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”
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 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, 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 Fred Mazelis, 28 April 2018
The union’s embrace of Cuomo is a sharp warning to teachers in New York and across the US.
“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, 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 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, 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 Kayla Costa, 10 April 2018
Students contrasted the six-figure salaries of university officials with the heavy burden on working class students.
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.
“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.
“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 Marianne Arens, 2 April 2018
Evangelos, a teacher from Greece working in Germany, expressed his solidarity with teachers in the US and reported on the recent teachers’ strike in Greece.
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.
“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 Roger Jordan, 30 March 2018
Although the Liberals are manifestly preparing to illegalize the strike, CUPE is doing nothing to mobilize the working class in support of the 3,000 striking contract-faculty and graduate assistants.
Attend online and call-in forum March 27
24 March 2018
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) is hosting an online and call-in forum for lecturers, college staff, other education workers and students on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.
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.”
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 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.
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.
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 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.
“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.