The Defense of Public Education

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.

Tens of thousands of teachers demonstrate in Glasgow for better pay

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

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.

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.

Australian “edu-business” set to profit under Gonski 2.0

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.

Argentine teachers facing massive pay cuts strike for 48 hours

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.

Los Angeles teachers union continues to delay strike action as negotiations proceed

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.

Australian government hands private schools another $4.6 billion

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.

3,000 Dutch public service workers protest in The Hague

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.

UK government attempt to gag teachers as cuts deepen

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.

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.

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.

Police suppress protest over schools in debt-ridden Chinese city

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Macron’s education cuts deny admission to thousands of French university students

By Kumaran Ira, 27 August 2018

The measure aims to make universities more competitive and to prepare their privatization.

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.

Puerto Rican teachers’ anger builds against privatization, firings and lack of pay raises

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.

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.

New Zealand teachers join growing wages movement

By our reporters, 6 August 2018

In a rebuff to the union leadership, 50,000 primary school teachers voted to strike on August 15.

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.

Australian government pushes cuts to student loan scheme

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 June 2018

The Liberal-National government is seeking to force increasingly poverty-stricken young people to repay student debts.

Peruvian teachers strike in defiance of government ban

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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!”

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.

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.

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.

New Zealand Labour government makes “left” feint on education

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

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.

Oppose Sri Lanka’s National Defence University Act! No privatisation of education!

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”

Striking University of California workers speak out

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.

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.

Teachers in Pueblo, Colorado to strike Monday

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.

Union betrays Arizona teachers strike, backs Republican state budget

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.

As Arizona teachers strike enters third day, unions seek to shut down walkout

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.

Arizona teachers rally for second day, further walkout expected Monday

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.

Teachers union celebrates alliance with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

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”

Striking Arizona teachers speak out

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.

Columbia University teaching assistants launch week-long strike

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.

State takeover looms for Kentucky’s largest school district

By J. Cooper, 26 April 2018

The newly appointed pro-charter school education commissioner, Wayne Lewis, says he will issue his decision by Monday.

NEA pushes through sellout a month after shutdown of Jersey City teachers’ strike

By Steve Light, 26 April 2018

The union acted quickly to isolate and shut down the Jersey City strike.

Arizona teachers prepare for statewide 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.

Arizona teachers vote to strike

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.

Anger grows over union effort to sabotage Oklahoma teachers strike

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”

Oklahoma teachers denounce Oklahoma Education Association’s move to end strike

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.

Union seeks to shut down strike: The way forward for Oklahoma teachers

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.”

Oklahoma walkout in danger as Arizona, Kentucky teachers press for strike action

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.

Mass turnout at state capitol as Oklahoma teachers’ strike enters second week

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.

Tuition hikes at Portland State University spark outrage

By Kayla Costa, 10 April 2018

Students contrasted the six-figure salaries of university officials with the heavy burden on working class students.

Nashville parents, teachers and students decry public school cuts

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.

Unions seek to hijack, shut down Oklahoma teachers strike as support for expanded struggle grows

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”

As Oklahoma strike enters fourth day, students speak out in support of teachers

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.

Loyola Chicago adjunct faculty hold one-day strike

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!”

Thousands of Kentucky teachers rally to oppose cuts

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.

Interview with a teacher from Greece: “Teachers have the same problems worldwide”

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!

Mobilize the working class behind striking Oklahoma educators!

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”

Oklahoma teachers reject funding bill, prepare to strike

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

York University conspires with Ontario government to break contract-faculty and assistants’ strike

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

The way forward for UK lecturers after the revolt against the University and College Union

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.

Teachers unions intensify efforts to suppress growing class struggle in the US

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.”

Teachers in Jersey City begin strike as demands for walkouts expand across the US

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.

Oklahoma Senate rejects pay raise as teachers ready for strike

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.

Nationwide protests, high school walkouts to oppose school shootings in the US

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

Teachers’ struggle spreads to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona

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

Demands for teacher strike action expand across the US

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

Spreading wave of working class unrest in the US follows West Virginia teachers strike

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.

As teacher struggles spread, unions redouble effort to suppress class struggle

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.

Australian teachers salute courageous stand of striking teachers in West Virginia

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.

Thousands converge on state capitol to show support for West Virginia teachers strike

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

West Virginia teachers have the right to vote on any return to work!

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”

Chicago Ford workers speak out in support of West Virginia teachers

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.

Support grows for striking West Virginia teachers as decisive week starts

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!

The way forward for West Virginia teachers

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.

UK education workers send messages of solidarity to striking West Virginia teachers

By our reporters, 5 March 2018

Education workers in the UK send messages of support to the striking West Virginia teachers.

Why Richard Ojeda is not a fighter for the working class

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.

Kenya lecturers’ strike paralyzes public universities

By Eddie Haywood, 5 March 2018

The lecturers have vowed to continue the strike until their demands for increased salaries and funding to upgrade facilities are met by the government.

All West Virginia schools closed today as teachers’ rebellion continues

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.