The Defense of Public Education
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.
By Lawrence Porter, 13 February 2016
During a meeting of the district-sponsored Detroit Parent Network, audience members denounced the appalling conditions in the schools.
“It’s not just a fight for teachers or students, it’s a fight for education”
By Nancy Hanover, 11 February 2016
DPS students use Michigan “Count Day” to emphasize their fight to defend their teachers and the right of all young people to a decent education.
By Jerry White, 8 February 2016
The struggle to defend the right to education poses political questions that are critical for the entire working class.
By Nancy Hanover, 6 February 2016
As Emergency Manager Darnell Earley resigns, union officials and Michigan politicians are working overtime to try to derail the struggle of Detroit teachers.
By George Marlowe, 5 February 2016
Both Democrats and Republicans have starved colleges and universities of state funding in order to effect permanent reductions in the number of students attending institutions of higher education.
By Jerry White, 5 February 2016
Thousands of teachers marched in downtown Chicago Thursday to oppose threats by school authorities to cut 1,000 jobs and slash $100 million from the school budget.
By Jerry White, 3 February 2016
The removal of Darnell Earley paves the way for a bipartisan deal in the state legislature to restructure the schools and divert even more resources to private education companies.
By Phyllis Steele, 3 February 2016
Union officials claim the lawsuit and appeals to Democratic politicians will address teachers’ concerns and render unnecessary any further independent action.
By Kristina Betinis, 3 February 2016
The Chicago Public Schools announced $100 million in budget cuts just one day after the rejection of an agreement backed by the teachers’ union.
By E.P. Bannon, 27 January 2016
As teachers were forced to appear in court, high school students staged walkouts in protest of repression against teachers and the deplorable conditions in city schools.
By Jerry White, 26 January 2016
In a highly political decision, a Detroit judge denied the request by the emergency manager over the Detroit schools for legal action to halt the wave of teacher “sickout” protests.
“This isn’t just our fight, it’s for public education across the country.”
By Lawrence Porter, 26 January 2016
Detroit teachers in court Monday spoke with the World Socialist Web Site after a judge rejected a request for legal action against sickout protests.
”Democracy is being taken away in Michigan”
By Nancy Hanover, 25 January 2016
Teachers face a hearing Monday as the Detroit Public Schools seeks an injunction against sickouts and legislators ramp up efforts to ban opposition to the destruction of public education.
By Kristina Betinis, 25 January 2016
Negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the administration of Rahm Emanuel continue amid growing resistance to cuts, including from Detroit teachers.
By Eric London, 23 January 2016
DPS is threatening to fire all protesting teachers, encouraging teachers to snoop on each other and employing reactionary legal arguments to attack public education.
By Eric London, 22 January 2016
The catastrophe in Michigan, including the lead poisoning of thousands of residents in Flint, has provoked outrage across the country.
By Jerry White, 22 January 2016
While a judge denied an initial request for a temporary injunction, 23 teachers have been ordered to appear on Monday morning to answer accusations that they organized “illegal strikes.”
By Jerry White, 21 January 2016
Twenty-eight defendants are named in a legal action, which could result in large fines if teachers continue “sick out” protests.
“We are all in this together. This is class warfare”
By Jerry White and Buster Haycook, 21 January 2016
Hundreds of teachers shut down the school system in a “sick out” protest Wednesday against decaying buildings, overcrowded classrooms and years of pay and benefit cuts.
By Jerry White, 19 January 2016
The Detroit Federation of Teachers sent out a letter to educators urging them to stop their protests and place their faith in city officials and President Obama.
By Nancy Hanover, 18 January 2016
Fearing that the sickouts could trigger a broader rebellion by the working class, the enemies of teachers spent last week trying to quash the movement.
By Jerry White, 15 January 2016
After three straight days of “sick-out” protests, hundreds of determined teachers attended a union meeting Thursday, where officials tried to smother resistance.
By Jerry White, 15 January 2016
Rank-and-file teachers have taken their own initiative and acted independently of every faction of the Detroit Federation of Teachers and political establishment in Detroit and Lansing.
As union, Democrats try to smother protests
By Jerry White, 14 January 2016
Sickout protests continued Wednesday as the American Federation of Teachers and the city’s Democratic Party establishment sought to corral the protests and end them.
By our reporters, 14 January 2016
Autoworkers have spoken out in defense of Detroit teachers who have launched a series of sickouts in defense of public education.
By Jerry White, 13 January 2016
It is no accident that social opposition is taking the form of a rebellion against the trade unions, which have long served as industrial police for the corporations and government.
By Nancy Hanover, 13 January 2016
Despite the attempts by Michigan politicians and the Detroit Federation of Teachers to end teachers’ growing protests, the sickouts are continuing.
“For too long we looked to the union… now we have to do it ourselves”
By Jerry White, 12 January 2016
The struggle has erupted outside of the control of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, which has a long and sordid history of collaborating with state and local officials.
“Our livelihood is at stake”
By Nancy Hanover and Debra Watson, 11 January 2016
Teachers expressing their opposition to continuous attacks on public education and increasing threats to privatize the Detroit school district.
Behind the Detroit Public School’s debt numbers
By Nancy Hanover, 8 January 2016
The Detroit Public Schools have been the target of both sordid profit-taking and deliberate destabilization by privatization forces.
By Nancy Hanover, 8 January 2016
Pro-privatization politicians and financial interests are seeking to use the crisis at the Detroit Public Schools to ram through a reorganization of the district.
By Debra Watson and Nancy Hanover, 5 January 2016
The State of Michigan has allotted itself new powers to withhold state funding and appoint emergency managers to deal with financially distressed schools.
By Fred Mazelis, 14 December 2015
A new book provides a case study on the nature of the “school reform” movement and the attacks on public education.
By Isaac Finn, 18 November 2015
After five years without a contract, hundreds of CUNY faculty held a protest in Manhattan to demand an increase in salary and an end to the attack on public higher education.
By Walter Gilberti, 16 November 2015
“Charter School Black Hole” exposes the Department of Education’s failure to oversee the profitable—and sometimes criminal—financial dealings of the charter school industry.
By Kristina Betinis, 14 November 2015
The teachers union has held so-called practice strike votes while working closely with the school board and the city to impose historic attacks on working conditions and benefits.
By Jerry White, 28 October 2015
Well aware of popular opposition to relentless testing, the president most identified with expanding this destructive policy has suddenly declared it might not be good for learning.
Ahead of plans for 5,000 layoffs
By Kristina Betinis, 27 October 2015
CTU Vice President and ISO member Jesse Sharkey’s statements and actions in relation to the contract talks are indistinguishable from those of any garden variety union sellout artist.
By Kristina Betinis, 22 October 2015
Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s guilty plea provides some insight into the scale of the fraud committed under the guise of education reform in America's third-largest public school system.
By Dan Conway, 22 October 2015
The lawsuit seeks damages arising out of the district’s use of the so-called “teacher jail” system.
By Christopher Davion, 21 October 2015
McHenry High School District 156 teachers returned to work October 13 after being pressured to agree to a deal that includes two years without any base salary increase.