Education in the US
By Julian James, 18 January 2018
Last year the school eliminated special classes for students with major behavioral and learning challenges.
“Keep fighting, we have to come together”
By Nancy Hanover, 15 January 2018
WSWS Teacher Newsletter readers explain their support for the Louisiana teacher who was arrested for speaking out at a school board meeting last week.
By Jerry White, 12 January 2018
There is something “American” about the treatment of Deyshia Hargrave, who had the temerity to protest pay raises for school officials while teachers and students are starved of resources.
“This is an outrage! The marshal should be arrested for assault”
By Nancy Hanover, 12 January 2018
The arrest and jailing of Louisiana teacher Deyshia Hargrave has prompted outrage throughout the US and internationally.
By Nancy Hanover, 10 January 2018
Deyshia Hargrave was removed from a meeting, handcuffed and taken to jail for opposing a large pay hike for the school superintendent while employees have had no raise in a decade.
As teachers face new battles against Trump
By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 6 January 2018
Taken together, the seminal struggles of teachers and other public sector workers in Wisconsin (2011), Chicago (2012) and Detroit (2015-16) contain powerful political lessons for the defense of education and workers’ rights.
By David Brown, 5 January 2018
Luis Mora, a junior transfer to the UC, was arrested Saturday night at an internal checkpoint for overstaying his visa.
As teachers face new battles against Trump
By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 4 January 2018
Taken together, the seminal struggles of teachers and other public-sector workers in Wisconsin (2011), Chicago (2012) and Detroit (2015-16) have powerful political lessons for the defense of education and workers’ rights.
By Nancy Hanover, 19 December 2017
Over two-thirds of Detroit children attending public school are chronically absent, according to a new report, and at least 10 percent are homeless.
Build a committee to oppose Oakland school cuts! For a socialist program to expand public education!
By the Socialist Equality Party (US), 16 December 2017
Workers must reject the entire framework of austerity and fight for the broadest expansion of public education, through the independent political mobilization of the entire working class.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 16 December 2017
Roughly 500 people attended the latest board meeting to protest the budget cuts, expressing the deep support for public education within Oakland’s working class.
By Nancy Hanover, 7 December 2017
The historic decline of union membership among teachers highlights the extent to which these unions exist only at the behest of the government.
By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2017
By one estimate, slashing the deduction for state and local income taxes would threaten between 250,000 and 370,000 jobs in public education.
By Warren Duzak, 28 November 2017
Tennessee is the nation’s most aggressive state in penalizing those who default on student loans.
By J. Cooper, 15 November 2017
After working in low-paying public service jobs for more than ten years, thousands who thought their loan balances would be forgiven are bitterly finding otherwise.
New York University departments call for boycott of Abu Dhabi campus after UAE denies visas to professors
By Josh Varlin, 13 November 2017
This is not the first time the UAE, abetted by NYU, has infringed on academic freedom.
By Rafael Azul, 10 November 2017
The US education secretary met with her Puerto Rican counterpart, who is looking at post-Katrina New Orleans as the model for the schools in US territory.
After ultimatum and threats of job loss
By George Marlowe, 4 November 2017
After the school district of Palatine, Illinois issued an ultimatum to striking support staff, their union sent them back to work without a contract.
With medical and health benefits cut
By George Marlowe, 30 October 2017
Many of the workers make starvation wages as low as $11 an hour, pay high out-of-pocket health care costs and are forced to work a second or third job just to make ends meet.
By Kristina Betinis, 19 October 2017
The court and the school district are running roughshod over the democratic rights of school workers who are fighting for decent wages and benefits.
By Khara Sikhan, 4 October 2017
Decades of defunding public education, standardized testing and the demonization of teachers has resulted in a national crisis in education in the United States.
By Nancy Hanover, 2 October 2017
The most significant change involves the standard of evidence to determine if an assault has occurred and if colleges are required to take action.
By Kate Randall, 18 September 2017
The 400 teachers went out on strike Thursday after nine-hour negotiations between a mediator, the Burlington’s Democratic mayor and the Burlington Education Association broke down.
By Jerry White, 15 September 2017
More than 400 teachers walked out on strike in Burlington Thursday, after efforts by a mediator, the city’s Democratic mayor and the Burlington Education Association failed to prevent the strike.
By Nancy Hanover, 6 September 2017
Public universities and colleges in the US are being starved of funding, while the Trump administration escalates its support to for-profit institutions.
As school year starts teachers, parents and students face political struggle to defend public education
By Phyllis Steele, 5 September 2017
Nearly 50 million public school students are starting the new school year, along with more than four million teachers and support staff.
By Glenn Mulwray, 26 August 2017
According to a recent survey, Los Angeles community college students are experiencing widespread homelessness and chronic food insecurity.
By Alexander Fangmann, 23 August 2017
While CPS blames “enrollment changes, program adjustments and/or changes in students’ academic needs,” demographic changes alone do not account for the continued layoffs.
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 our reporters, 24 July 2017
The small turnout shows popular alienation from the unions, which have colluded in the attacks on teachers and public education.
By Harvey Simpkins, 4 July 2017
The cuts in Fairfax County, Virginia, which follow steep cuts last year, will affect class sizes, after-school programs and teacher hiring.
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.
An assault on free speech
By Josh Varlin, 1 July 2017
Professor Johnny Eric Williams’ suspension after a right-wing media campaign is a grave attack on academic freedom and democratic rights.
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.
By Jake Dean, 7 June 2017
A majority of schools examined so far have tested positive for elevated levels of lead in drinking water.
By Nancy Hanover, 7 June 2017
The New York Times comes to the defense of Trump’s school privatizer.
“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.
By Genevieve Leigh, 5 June 2017
After speaking out against a campus event in which all white students and faculty were “invited” to leave campus, Bret Weinstein was denounced by a group of students who have called for his resignation.
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 Hector Cordon, 30 May 2017
52,000 students at two Oregon colleges will resume school in the fall burdened with hundreds of dollars in additional tuition, fees, housing and food costs.
By Nancy Hanover, 30 May 2017
While Ravitch highlights the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party in criticizing the Trump administration's attack on public education, she has herself been an unswerving supporter of the Democrats.
By Evan Blake, 29 May 2017
The Trump-DeVos federal education budget seeks to cut $9.2 billion in spending through the elimination of 22 major programs and significant reductions in many others.
By Dan Conway, 23 May 2017
The LAUSD school board election highlighted the role of America’s oligarchs pushing for privatization and the discrediting of the teacher unions.
By Norisa Diaz and Toby Reese, 23 May 2017
Some 1,500 educators and support staff in the San Diego Unified School District have been finishing the school year with apprehension that they may not have a job next fall.
By Phyllis Steele, 22 May 2017
So egregious were the school board’s demands that the Detroit Federation of Teachers executive board could not bring it back to rank-and-file educators.
By Marissa Ross, 20 May 2017
The announcement of unprecedented mass closures sparked outrage among students, parents and educators across the state.
By Shelley Connor, 19 May 2017
The budget would eliminate student loan forgiveness programs while simultaneously allocating millions of dollars to student debt collection and charter schools.
By Nancy Hanover, 15 May 2017
Addressing venture capitalists last week, DeVos made common cause with school privatizers looking to cash in on a “mind-boggling trillion dollar” education market.
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 Daniel de Vries, 11 May 2017
A principal and two teachers are under investigation for alleged “communist activity.”
By Kathleen Martin, 5 May 2017
Higher education, seen as a key to social mobility in the US, is becoming increasingly unattainable to a growing section of the American working class.
By Alexander Fangmann, 4 May 2017
Tenured and tenure-track faculty have been without a contract for 20 months and are demanding contract protections for tenure and promotion.
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 Kayla Costa and Genevieve Leigh, 21 April 2017
The decision to halt plans for a single vendor to service student loans, a process started under Obama, marks an escalation of the attack on public education and indebted students.
By Fred Mazelis, 19 April 2017
The Excelsior Scholarship will reach only a small number of students, and will not cover most of the expenses associated with attending college.
By Nancy Hanover, 18 April 2017
A look at the ideological and political history of Candice Jackson, named by US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to head up the education department’s Office of Civil Rights.
By Kristina Betinis, 11 April 2017
Just hours before a scheduled vote on a one-day walkout union head Karen Lewis announced, “No, we’re not striking.”
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 11 April 2017
There is widespread opposition to the layoffs of 1,500 teachers and staff, but to fight, school workers must build a political movement against the squandering of resources on war and the interests of the super-rich.
By Philip Andrea and Genevieve Leigh, 10 April 2017
A new analysis by the Consumer Federation of America shows that the total amount of student debt owed has tripled in the last decade to a staggering $1.3 trillion.
By Kathleen Martin, 8 April 2017
Tuition hikes and funding cutbacks have effectively educationally crippled millions of working class students and youth.
By Nancy Hanover, 1 April 2017
DeVos hailed Trump’s budget proposal to cut $12 billion from the Department of Education.
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, 22 March 2017
The budget proposed by the White House slashes education funding but adds $1.4 billion to promote private and charter schools and school vouchers.
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 Dan Conway, 18 March 2017
The layoffs are part of an ongoing attempt to gut public education in the nation’s second largest school district.
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 Phyllis Steele, 13 March 2017
Public school teachers are being scapegoated for the school problems produced by poverty and decades of educational cutbacks.
By Alan Whyte, 10 March 2017
NYU has been intransigent in its opposition to adjuncts’ demands despite the fact the university has an endowment of about $3.5 billion.
By George Gallanis, 8 March 2017
The AFSCME union is limiting the action to a three-day walkout to blow off steam and curtail the growing combativeness of workers.
By Khara Sikhan, 8 March 2017
After a statewide outcry, Michigan temporarily backed away from school closures even as Betsy DeVos’s home state paves the way for a nationwide assault on public education.
By Kevin Martinez, 6 March 2017
School Board Trustees who approved the layoffs cited the district’s $124 million budget deficit.
By Fred Mazelis, 4 March 2017
The president of CCNY was forced to resign last October after she was targeted in a corruption probe which continues to expand.
By Isaac Finn, 4 March 2017
An IYSSE representative recently sat down with NYU professor Bertell Ollman to discuss the issues around the club application process at NYU.
By Nancy Hanover, 3 March 2017
Young people across the US, opposing the Trump administration’s raids, roundups and arrests, have become outspoken in their defense of the democratic rights of all ethnicities and nationalities.
“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.
Confirmation vote as farce: Senate approves billionaire enemy of public schools as secretary of education
By Niles Niemuth, 8 February 2017
Betsy DeVos, who “earned” the position through her family’s donation of $200 million to support Republican candidates, is a supporter of charter schools and privatization.
By Isaac Finn, 27 January 2017
The US military/intelligence apparatus exercises immense influence over the school’s political and intellectual life.
By Isabelle Belanger, 25 January 2017
The Senate will vote January 31 on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, the billionaire proponent of school privatization.
By Seb Gomez, 24 January 2017
Student loan collector Navient faces allegations of misleading borrowers and other illegal practices that increased the loan repayment costs for millions.
By our reporters, 11 January 2017
Teamsters Local 2010, which represents over 12,000 UC administrative, support and clerical staff, staged a limited one-day strike Tuesday.
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 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 Matthew MacEgan, 14 December 2016
A new report shows that more than 400 universities across the United States now have food pantries to help financially distressed students get the nutrition they need.
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.
By Eric London, 26 November 2016
An organization that billionaire Betsy DeVos led and financed for a decade recently published an article advocating the return of child labor.
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 Alex Gonzalez, 21 November 2016
Segregation in Virginia public schools has increased by 60 percent since 2003.
By Alexander Fangmann, 3 November 2016
The Chicago Teachers Union on Tuesday announced the ratification of a concessions-laden contract.
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.
As school funding cuts continue
By Nancy Hanover, 24 October 2016
A new report throws into sharp relief both the advanced stage of decay of American public school education and the hostility to it of both Trump and Clinton.
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 Samuel Davidson and Douglas Lyons, 20 October 2016
The strike by Pennsylvania faculty is an expression of growing social opposition among different sections of workers in the run-up to the US election.
By our reporter, 20 October 2016
Both district officials and union leaders are hailing as a success a contract that will escalate the attack on teachers, while paving the way for the closure of more public schools.