The Defense of Public Education
As teachers narrowly ratify concessions deal
By J. Cooper, 2 August 2017
Detroit public schools will lose millions of dollars due to continuing handouts to the city’s billionaire developers.
By Phyllis Steele, 3 July 2017
The Detroit Federation of Teachers is attempting to impose yet another round of concessions on teachers who have suffered years of givebacks, layoffs and eroding school conditions.
By Walter Gilberti, 30 June 2017
The supposed reform of pensions in Michigan is part of a broader attack aimed at rolling back all the gains won by workers in decades of struggle.
By Jake Dean, 15 June 2017
While the contracts are set to expire at the same time there is no attempt by the teachers unions to wage a unified struggle against the wholesale assault on public education.
“This is a new world we’re seeing with Betsy DeVos”
By Debra Watson, 5 June 2017
Teachers at the Southfield, Michigan school learned only last week that Renaissance, which calls itself a school turn-around specialist, has run out of money.
Tuition hikes implemented throughout the United States, placing ever growing financial burden on students
By Kayla Costa, 3 June 2017
Students returning to school can expect to pay even more on top of already unaffordable tuition rates.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 May 2017
The Emanuel administration is aiming to make an example of Chambers to intimidate and silence teachers who oppose education cuts, high-stakes testing and school privatization.
By Alexander Fangmann, 1 May 2017
Republican governor Bruce Rauner, abetted by the Democratic Party, is using the budget impasse to force through wide-ranging cuts and consolidations.
By our reporters, 29 April 2017
Teachers from at least five schools have convened meetings to reject the agreement between the Australian Education Union and the Victorian state Labor government.
By Rafael Azul, 17 April 2017
Last week’s national teachers strike against police repression was part of growing struggles against the government’s attacks on jobs, living standards and democratic rights.
By Susan Allan, 17 April 2017
If the agreement is such a “significant gain” then why is there no framework or democratic process where teachers can discuss, debate, and seek clarification on its contents?
By Kathleen Martin, 8 April 2017
Tuition hikes and funding cutbacks have effectively educationally crippled millions of working class students and youth.
By Kristina Betinis, 30 March 2017
As part of the latest round of cuts, the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel has threatened to end the school year nearly three weeks early.
By Norisa Diaz and Archie Stone, 25 March 2017
The WSWS spoke with some of the educators who received pink slips earlier this month at informational meetings held by the San Diego Education Association.
By Esther Galen, 21 March 2017
The budget proposed by the White House slashes public education funding but adds $1.4 billion to promote private and charter schools and school vouchers.
By George Gallanis, 16 March 2017
While school workers have demonstrated their determination to fight, behind the scenes AFSCME officials are seeking to cut a deal that will accept the bulk of management’s demands.
By Kevin Martinez, 6 March 2017
School Board Trustees who approved the layoffs cited the district’s $124 million budget deficit.
“If you don’t have an education, you don’t have a life”
By Nancy Hanover, 23 February 2017
Teachers spoke to the WSWS on the Trump administration and the attack on public education.
“If you attack one school, you attack them all”
By Shannon Jones, 20 February 2017
As opposition mounts to the threat by state officials to close dozens of schools in Detroit and other cities, the unions and Democrats are stepping in to smother it.
By Ron Barzel and Brad Dixon, 20 February 2017
The current deficit amounts to 10 percent of the entire budget for the Baltimore City school system, which has an enrollment of around 82,000 students.
By Jerry White, 10 February 2017
Nowhere in the realm of domestic policy is the continuity between Trump and previous administrations seen more than in the assault on public education conducted by both parties.
An attempt to appease anger over student loan debt
By Josh Varlin, 11 January 2017
Whether or not Cuomo’s proposal is enacted this year, it is clearly aimed at appeasing the anger among workers and young people at growing inequality and attacks on living standards.
By Susan Allan, 5 January 2017
An already under-funded scheme for providing disability services to public school children in the state of Victoria is to be targeted for further cuts.
By Nancy Hanover, 14 December 2016
Under the banner of “free enterprise,” Trump’s pick for education secretary has combined religious obscurantism with American hucksterism and the promotion of militarism.
By Nancy Hanover, 13 December 2016
Under the banner of “free enterprise,” the DeVos family has combined religious obscurantism and bigotry with American hucksterism, exploitation, tax dodging and the promotion of militarism.
By Alexander Fangmann, 6 December 2016
Rauner’s veto, which could result in deep school cuts, was widely expected by the Chicago Teachers Union, which concealed this from teachers in order to block a strike and push through concessions.
Unions, aided by the pseudo-left, push through poverty-level wage deals
By Mike Ingram, 23 November 2016
The strike by Harvard dining workers provides political lessons for others facing poverty-level wage deals negotiated by the unions with the support of ostensibly left organizations.
By Kristina Betinis, 31 October 2016
The decision by the Chicago Teachers Union to delay the vote by two days, supposedly to allow teachers to read the contract, is an indication that there is widespread opposition.
Mobilize the working class to defend public education
By the Socialist Equality Party, 26 October 2016
The agreement, fraudulently presented as a “fair deal” by the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools system, is a further attack on teachers and public education.
By Samuel Davidson, 22 October 2016
Union leaders ordered 5,500 striking faculty and coaches to take down picket lines Friday, caving in to management demands for salary and benefit cuts.
By Kate Randall and Mike Ingram, 18 October 2016
Harvard students walked out of classes Friday in support of dining room service workers who have been on strike for 12 days.
By Phyllis Steele, 18 October 2016
Teachers rejected a contract backed by the unions and the entire political establishment that would accelerate the attack on public education.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 October 2016
As teachers angrily denounce concessions in the CTU’s tentative agreement, the International Socialist Organization is painting the settlement as a victory against Rahm Emanuel.
By Kristina Betinis, 11 October 2016
The agreement was announced before midnight in order to prevent a strike and risk a rebellion by teachers against the Democratic Party ahead of the presidential elections.
By Nancy Hanover, 19 September 2016
Educators greeted the agreement with anger and skepticism in the face of the concerted attempts by the union to derail their struggles over the course of the last year.
By Nancy Hanover, 12 September 2016
The American Federation of Teachers is demanding that educators acquiesce to low pay, overcrowded classrooms, unsafe buildings and more school closures.
By Douglas Lyons, 10 September 2016
Pennsylvania charter schools are siphoning away more funds from public schools than they spend on students.
By Marissa Ross, 8 September 2016
Detroit teachers received contract “highlights” at a mass meeting called by the Detroit Federation of Teachers and will begin voting next week.
By Andrea Lobo, 7 September 2016
About 5,000 workers marched last week against the government’s austerity measures, even as the union leaderships are sabotaging their struggle.
After the destruction of the Detroit Public Schools
By Nancy Hanover, 6 September 2016
The reorganization of DPS has established the precedent that debt-ridden schools can be dissolved, reorganized and/or replaced with private entities.
As new school year begins
By Evan Blake, 6 September 2016
Whether Trump or Clinton wins the election, they will escalate the attacks on public education and the growing movement of teachers, parents and students to defend this social right.
By Phyllis Steele, 31 August 2016
The Cleveland Teachers Union called off Thursday’s strike to prevent a confrontation with the Democrats and the Obama administration’s attack on public education.
By John Marion, 29 August 2016
The schools district’s attack on teachers will be accompanied by a November ballot initiative to increase the cap on charter schools across Massachusetts.
By Jerry White, 29 August 2016
More than 5,000 teachers have voted to strike over “performance pay” and other attacks in America’s second poorest big city.
By Kristina Betinis, 11 August 2016
In pressing teachers for major concessions, Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel is relying on the Chicago Teachers Union to suppress opposition.
By Clement Daly, 10 August 2016
The teachers unions are promoting illusions that the courts and the Democratic Party will defend public education and school employees.
By Khara Sikhan, 29 July 2016
The Democratic Party, working in collusion with the unions, changed the wording of its party platform to hide Clinton’s record of promoting for-profit charter schools and anti-teacher measures.
By Clement Daly, 26 July 2016
Under threat of a state takeover, the Boone County school board imposed deep cuts last week in its new budget while slashing wages and benefits for employees and retirees.
By Clement Daly, 14 July 2016
The state government is threatening to take control of the Boone County school district.
By Nancy Hanover, 11 July 2016
Government policy—of both Democrats and Republicans—is to jettison the funding of public education while transferring vast sums to militarize the police and build prisons.
By Jason Melanovski, 9 July 2016
While the budget would keep high schools open for another year, deep cuts to programs and staff will continue.
By Douglas Lyons, 29 June 2016
Financially distressed school districts are axing staff and educational programs and increasing class sizes in an effort to offset budget cuts that have taken a damaging toll.
Judge Rhodes, Democrats try to pacify Detroit teachers
By Nancy Hanover, 27 June 2016
Hundreds of teachers and parents turned out for a town hall informational meeting called by local Democrats to explain the legislative deal which will terminate the Detroit Public Schools.
“Public education is not a business, it is a right”
By a WSWS reporting team, 27 June 2016
Teachers and parents spoke to the WSWS at a public town hall meeting held in the wake of the legislative deal to dissolve the 174-year-old Detroit Public Schools.
27 June 2016
Michigan public school teachers express their support for teachers in Oaxaca and throughout Mexico in the face of last week’s government massacre.
By Nancy Hanover, 18 June 2016
The Michigan legislature uses debt crisis as the pretext to dissolve the district and rewrite the rules governing education in the nation’s largest poor city.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 June 2016
With interest, the average graduate will pay back an additional £3,000 more than they were expecting, with the burden falling more heavily on the poor.
By Jason Melanovski, 14 June 2016
Under the proposed budget, all city high schools in the Erie school district would be closed.
By Steve Light, 13 June 2016
The administration of New York City’s Democratic mayor has submitted papers in a suit supporting the dismissal of a teacher for giving a lesson on the 1989 frame-up of the Central Park Five.
By Shannon Jones, 11 June 2016
The bill safeguards the interests of hedge funds and other large investors at the expense of students and teachers.
By Matthew MacEgan, 11 June 2016
A consulting group hired by the Tampa school district has recommended cutting 1,761 jobs, including more than 1,000 teacher positions.
By Nancy Hanover, 6 June 2016
The past eight years have seen an unprecedented assault on the right to public education spearheaded by the Obama administration and the financial industry.
By Nancy Hanover, 3 June 2016
The past eight years have seen an unprecedented assault on the right to public education that has been spearheaded by the Obama administration and the financial industry.
By Matthew Taylor, 27 May 2016
New Orleans remains the center of the drive for the privatization of education, with a new state law making charter schools permanent under the guise of “local control.”
Leaked video shows police assault on student
By Zac Corrigan, 23 May 2016
A video of an assault by a Detroit Public Schools police officer was widely discussed among students who opposed the attack and connected it to the broader issues of police repression.
By Don Knowland, 19 May 2016
The strike is in opposition to a 2013 law that gave new powers to the government to monitor, test and fire teachers en masse.
By Kate Randall, 18 May 2016
More than one thousand students walked out of classes Tuesday for the second protest this year against budget cuts that threaten student services and teachers’ jobs.
By Nancy Hanover, 13 May 2016
Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Judge Steven Rhodes is ramping up pressure for a legislative deal in the state capitol.
By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 13 May 2016
The struggle of Detroit teachers poses the need to unite all sections of the working class in a movement against big business and its political servants in both parties.
By Nancy Hanover, 9 May 2016
The purported “rescue” of the indebted Detroit Public Schools is the pretext for a far-ranging attack on public education, establishing a new model of state-backed privatization.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 May 2016
Amidst growing anger from teachers, the CTU is working to block a struggle against the Emanuel administration.
By George Gallanis, 7 May 2016
The layoffs are part of a bipartisan effort by Illinois Democrats and Republicans to permanently slash funding for the state’s public higher education system.
By Shannon Jones and Nancy Hanover, 6 May 2016
In the wake of their return to work following a two-day sickout, Detroit teachers are facing attacks from emergency manager Steven Rhodes and the state legislature.
By Nancy Hanover, 5 May 2016
The Detroit teachers union shut down a two-day sickout as Michigan legislators debated new attacks under the guise of “rescuing” the public schools.
By our reporters, 4 May 2016
Detroit public school teachers spoke to the WSWS at a demonstration on Tuesday, the second day of their walkout.
In midst of water shutoffs, Flint water crisis
By Thomas Gaist, 4 May 2016
The new attack on Detroit teachers is part of a wider assault on the working class being carried out by both big business parties and the Obama administration.
By Niles Niemuth, 4 May 2016
The attack on Detroit teachers is just one part of an assault on every section of the working class throughout the region and beyond.
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“Our money is literally being stolen”
By Shannon Jones, 3 May 2016
Nearly all of the Detroit schools were shut down Monday as teachers protested the announcement by DPS Emergency Manager Steven Rhodes that they will not be paid over the summer months.
By our reporters, 3 May 2016
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke to Detroit teachers participating in a rally of Detroit teachers engaged in a sickout on Monday.
By our reporters, 9 April 2016
A statewide strike planned for 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches throughout the 23 California State Universities has been called off by the union.
By Kristina Betinis and George Marlowe, 2 April 2016
In the face of enormous opposition among teachers to the attacks on public education, the CTU called a phony one-day “strike” to politically disarm teachers by promoting illusions in the Democratic Party.
By Marissa Ross, 2 April 2016
The scandal comes on the heels of months of teacher and student protests for better conditions.
By Kristina Betinis, 1 April 2016
The most critical issue facing teachers is developing an independent struggle against the CTU-Democratic Party alliance
By Kristina Betinis, 26 March 2016
As union leaders deepen their alliance with the Democratic Party and the right-wing administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, teachers are coming into increasing conflict with the union.
By Nancy Hanover, 24 March 2016
With funding for Detroit schools in question, Judge Rhodes and Republican Governor Rick Snyder are backing legislation for an unprecedented reorganization of the impoverished city’s schools.
By Kate Randall, 23 March 2016
Hundreds of Boston Public Schools parents, students and teachers packed BPS headquarters to protest planned cuts to the 2016-2017 school budget.
By Isaac Finn, 19 March 2016
Hundreds demonstrated against plans to cut $485 million in CUNY funding at Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in Manhattan.
As April 8 fiscal deadline approaches
By Nancy Hanover, 14 March 2016
As Wall Street demands action on the reorganization of Detroit Public Schools, Judge Steven Rhodes threatened that schools could “go dark.”
By our reporters, 14 March 2016
Detroit teachers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site at the DFT emergency meeting on Thursday, March 10.
By Daniel de Vries, 11 March 2016
The alarming number of elevated levels, encompassing 45 percent of the district’s schools, raises questions about whether officials ignored or covered up previous results.
By our reporter, 9 March 2016
More than a thousand students walked out of classes Monday to protest planned cuts to teaching positions, extracurricular activities, music and arts classes and language programs.
By Marissa Ross and Nancy Hanover, 8 March 2016
Former DPS emergency manager Darnell Earley receives generous golden parachute while the new “transition manager” is set to receive a hefty salary.
“Education should be a right”
By George Marlowe, 4 March 2016
Students and faculty at the predominantly working-class Chicago State University spoke out against the possibility of budget cuts which would devastate higher education.
”Why did they bring in the judge now? Because he is bought”
By Nancy Hanover, 2 March 2016
Detroit teachers have denounced the appointment of Rhodes, who ripped up the Michigan constitution to deprive workers of their pensions, as the school district's emergency manager.
By Dan Conway, 29 February 2016
The job action in the Compton School District highlights the growing opposition to the attacks on teachers and public education as a whole.
By Alexander Fangmann, 29 February 2016
The South Side institution is on its way to becoming the first victim of the bipartisan effort to drastically downsize public higher education in Illinois.
By our reporters, 26 February 2016
The Detroit Federation of Teachers brought the judge who oversaw the city's bankruptcy to a meeting of school employees to sugarcoat the bipartisan attack on public education.
Who is Judge Steven Rhodes?
By Jerry White, 24 February 2016
Detroit teachers were brought to a meeting Wednesday to listen to retired judge Steven Rhodes, who, during the Detroit bankruptcy, did the dirty work for Wall Street while posturing as a neutral and even-handed arbiter.
By Debra Watson and Nancy Hanover, 17 February 2016
The Education Achievement Authority’s record of outright bribery and FBI indictments made it a notorious symbol of the avarice behind the drive for school privatization.
By Nancy Hanover, 15 February 2016
Michigan’s governor, facing the twin crises of Flint and Detroit public schools, has called in Judge Steven Rhodes to reorganize the Detroit schools.