By Andrew Timon and Will McCalliss, 18 September 2020
Colleges and universities across the Greater Boston area have made the reckless, profit-driven decision to reopen their campuses, endangering the lives of not only university students, faculty and staff, but area residents.
By our reporters, 18 September 2020
Bill de Blasio, the “progressive” mayor of New York City, announced a new date for a ‘’phased reopening” of the city’s public schools.
Network of Action Committees for Safe Education holds first online meeting
By our reporters, 18 September 2020
In his report to the meeting, SGP deputy leader Christoph Vandreier noted that infections have already been reported at over 1,000 schools and 300 childcare facilities across Germany.
By Harvey Thompson and Tania Kent, 18 September 2020
By Thursday evening, 1,118 schools had been hit by coronavirus infections, forcing many to close partially or fully.
Oppose the unsafe reopening of UK schools and universities! Attend Online Educators Rank-and-File Committee meeting
18 September 2020
We urge educators and students in Britain to register and participate in the online forum being held on Saturday, September 19 at 2 p.m.
British government and universities pursue reckless return to higher education under pandemic conditions
By Simon Whelan, 18 September 2020
Students now face a limit on socialising under the government’s arbitrary limiting of gatherings to six, yet can go to work and to campuses.
By John Braddock, 18 September 2020
More than 10,000 Auckland University students have signed petitions opposing the resumption of lectures and classes amid ongoing community transmission of COVID-19.
By Gregor Link, 18 September 2020
As Germany again takes up aggressive great power politics, German universities are once more serving the needs of war and dictatorship, just as they did before the First and Second World Wars. A major centre of German weapons research is the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at UM, 17 September 2020
Now is not the time to back down! The struggle must be broadened to include undergraduates, staff, faculty and workers in a common struggle.
By our reporters, 17 September 2020
The end of the strike occurred less than 24 hours after the American Federation of Teachers assumed control of negotiations and produced an agreement that was virtually identical to the one overwhelmingly rejected just a week ago.
“We’re going to keep fighting”
Opposition mounts as thousands of University of Illinois at Chicago nurses and workers continue strike
By Kylie Rose, 17 September 2020
The university administration and the Democratic Party are increasingly nervous over the support striking workers have elicited.
By Danny Knightley, 17 September 2020
Campus safety committees must ensure safety procedures are put in place to protect the health of students and staff alike, and fight for increased testing on campuses.
By Fabian Salgado, 17 September 2020
Illinois State University is experiencing a horrifying explosion in the rate of COVID-19 infection as in person classes resume at many of the state’s campuses.
By Erik Schreiber and Robert Milkowski, 17 September 2020
At least eight districts have switched their entire district or individual schools to fully remote instruction after confirmed infections.
By Matthew Brennan, 16 September 2020
The governing body of the University of Michigan is a nexus of powerful political, military and corporate interests
By Robert Stevens, 16 September 2020
The virus is resurgent in workplaces, schools, and communities, with the R (reproduction) value rising above 1 across the UK.
By Tom Pearce and Julie Hyland, 16 September 2020
With Labour Party support, the National Education Union is complicit in abandoning its 450,000 members and those they teach to the government’s policy of “herd immunity”.
By Jacques Valentin, 16 September 2020
With over 1,200 schools and universities affected, France faces a resurgent pandemic provoked by the reopening drive by the highest state authorities.
“It’s immoral and irresponsible to bring students to campus and to conduct in-person classes”
By IYSSE at New York University, 16 September 2020
The reopening of NYU, the largest private university in the US, is utterly reckless and places the lives of students, workers and residents in the area in immense danger.
San Diego State University seeks to shift blame to students for coronavirus outbreaks following reopening
By Melody Isley and Norissa Santa Cruz, 16 September 2020
As the virus spreads on campus, students have watched in horror as peers are taken away to isolation dorms by staff dressed in hazmat gear.
“It is really up to the teachers to take their safety into their own hands.”
By Isaac Finn, 16 September 2020
The growing spread of the deadly virus is the direct outcome of the “herd immunity” policies that have been pursued by every level of government in the US.
By Mike Ingram, 16 September 2020
The state Department of Labor Relations board ruled that Andover teachers had engaged in an illegal strike by refusing to enter school buildings
University of Michigan president seeks court injunction to force graduate student instructors back to work
By Sam Wayne and Genevieve Leigh, 15 September 2020
The University of Michigan is responding with a new round of threats and intimidation to the overwhelming vote Sunday by graduate students to extend their strike.
The University of Iowa and Iowa State University students and staff unite to oppose in-person learning
By Andy Thompson, 15 September 2020
The demands of those involved in the protest are to end all in-person classes and have all learning be done online until the pandemic is under control.
By Alberto Escalera, 15 September 2020
Public school educators in New York City have conducted protests and written petitions in the last several days to oppose the reckless reopening of schools by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.
By the Detroit Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 15 September 2020
The re-opening of schools in Detroit is threatening the lives of teachers, support staff, children and parents.
By Nick Barrickman, 15 September 2020
The announcement comes despite a late-July decision banning in-person teaching throughout the fall.
By John Harris, 15 September 2020
In Newcastle, as around the country, the trade union is stepping up its collaboration with the employers to impose deep cost-cutting measures.
University of Michigan graduate students vote to extend strike as opposition erupts at campuses throughout the US
By Genevieve Leigh, 14 September 2020
The reopening of campuses is driving an expansion of the coronavirus pandemic, with 19 of the 25 largest outbreaks in communities with colleges that have started in-person learning.
“A general strike is a must to stop this back-to-work and back-to-school madness”
By our reporters, 14 September 2020
Like the herding of workers into the auto factories, the drive to reopen schools and colleges even as the pandemic continues to rage is entirely driven by profit interests.
By Kylie Rose and Andy Thompson, 14 September 2020
Workers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have gone on strike against low wages and unsafe conditions as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads rapidly through college campuses.
By Chase Lawrence, 14 September 2020
A UT Austin spokesperson confirmed that only 1,198 attendees were tested before the game. Out of these, 95 tested positive, or nearly 8 percent.
Set up independent action committees for the safety of teachers, pupils and parents!
By the Action Committees for Safe Education, 14 September 2020
The completely unsafe routine operation of schools threatens the health and lives of millions of educators, parents, children, young people and their families.
University of Michigan grad students set to extend strike as opposition grows to the US back-to-school drive
By Genevieve Leigh, 12 September 2020
Nineteen of the 25 hottest outbreaks in the US are in communities with colleges that have reopened for in-person learning, sparking growing anger over the homicidal back-to-school campaign.
University of Michigan strikers speak out: “We need to resist going back to normal. Normal no longer exists”
By our reporters, 12 September 2020
The strike is quickly turning into a focal point of a much broader opposition to the reckless reopening of both K-12 schools and college campuses everywhere.
“I don’t want to be a typhoid Mary!”
By Nancy Hanover and Matthew MacEgan, 12 September 2020
A teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, reached out to the WSWS to speak about the spread of the coronavirus across the state just two weeks into the new school year.
By Marianne Arens, 12 September 2020
With schools re-opening without social distancing and the wearing of masks, new infections are increasing. Throughout Germany, hundreds of facilities have been affected.
Infected students denounce administration guidelines, amidst rising COVID-19 cases at Southern California universities
By Melody Isley and Emiri Ochiai, 12 September 2020
Infected students report callous treatment from school administration, being thrown into isolation rooms without bed sheets, food or sanitizing equipment.
By Alex Findijs, 12 September 2020
Refusing to take any responsibility for this catastrophe, the SUNY system is punishing groups of students for gathering and laying the ground for further police repression on campuses.
By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 12 September 2020
Opposition to the resumption of classes at the University of Michigan is part of a broader struggle of workers against the homicidal policy of the ruling class related to the pandemic.
By Renae Cassimeda, 11 September 2020
All of these deaths were absolutely unnecessary and are the direct result of criminal policies carried out by Democratic and Republican politicians at every level in the interest of protecting the profits of the financial oligarchy.
By Matthew MacEgan, 11 September 2020
Cases of COVID-19 among school-aged children in Florida have increased by 34 percent since schools started to reopen on August 10.
“Practically all children, one way or another, will be infected”
By Alice Summers, 11 September 2020
The PSOE-Podemos government is deliberately implementing a reckless and criminal policy that will lead to an explosion of cases and many unnecessary deaths.
By Alex Findijs, 11 September 2020
Refusing to take any responsibility for this catastrophe, the SUNY system is on a crusade to punish groups of students for gathering and lay the ground for further police repression on campuses.
By Joseph Kishore - Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 11 September 2020
Opposition to the resumption of classes at the University of Michigan is part of a broader struggle of workers against the homicidal policy of the ruling class related to the pandemic.
US universities emerge as battlegrounds as students and faculty fight back against reckless reopening plans
By Genevieve Leigh, 11 September 2020
Students and university workers are being thrust into a fight as outbreaks of COVID-19 spread across US campuses.
By Sheila Brehm, 11 September 2020
On Wednesday, graduate students rejected an offer from the university that met none of their demands and voted to continue their strike in the face of threats of retaliation.
By Brian Brown and Andy Thompson, 11 September 2020
University of Iowa faculty and students continue to protest against the administration’s reluctance to transition to 100 percent online learning, despite an additional 220 students who tested positive for COVID-19 in one day.
University of California, San Diego students, staff and faculty issue open letter opposing reckless reopening plan
By Peter Ross, 11 September 2020
The appeal calls on the university to cancel in-person classes, limit campus housing to those with no other viable options and cancel layoffs and furloughs.
“We have lit a match that could unite a global wave”
University of Michigan grad students reject administration offer, continue strike against unsafe conditions
By Jerry White, 10 September 2020
Striking graduate student instructors voted by more than 700 to 400 to reject the blackmail proposal from the administration and continue their strike to demand the shutdown of in-person learning amidst the pandemic.
By the New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 September 2020
In launching this committee, we stand wholly independent of both the Democrats and Republicans, as well as the United Federation of Teachers and its backers, all of whom have conspired to enforce the reopening of schools.
By Thomas Scripps, 10 September 2020
The government’s new and tokenistic six-person rule does not apply to workplaces or schools, and groups of six can continue to visit pubs, bars, and restaurants.
The University of Michigan graduate student strike: A significant step forward for workers and students
By Matthew Brennan and Luke Galvin, 9 September 2020
On Tuesday morning, approximately 1,000 graduate student workers went on strike in opposition to the dangerous health and working conditions they face in the pandemic.
By Valery Tsekov, 9 September 2020
Ignoring the advice of Michigan’s chief medical executive, the Democratic governor suspended her executive order banning high school contact sports.
Two decades of US “war on terror” responsible for displacing at least 37 million people and killing up to 12 million
By Jacob Crosse, 9 September 2020
A new report from Brown University estimates the number of people who have fled from US military operations since September 2001 to be as high as 59 million.
By Sue Phillips, 9 September 2020
The union functions as the willing and active accomplice of the government and the education department.
“It’s not safe for my kids but they are forcing me to send them to school”
By our reporter, 9 September 2020
Teachers and parents from Britain and internationally attended the initial meeting of the Educators Rank-and-File Committee.
By Evan Blake, 8 September 2020
Following the Labor Day holiday, the vast majority of schools have now reopened in the US, sending millions of students and educators back into schools and threatening a massive spread of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the country.
By our reporters, 8 September 2020
The Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) reported overwhelming support for the strike from its members with 80% voting in support of the strike action.
By the Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 8 September 2020
The following is a statement from the Texas Educators Rank-and-file Safety Committee, which has been established to mobilize opposition to the increasingly unsafe conditions in Texas schools and the draconian demands placed on educators and other school workers.
By Naomi Spencer, 8 September 2020
As West Virginia public schools reopen, all but nine of the state’s 55 counties are beginning in person.
By Alberto Escalera and Sandy English, 8 September 2020
Teachers are returning to work today to prepare for the full reopening of the schools on September 21 brokered by the United Federation of Teachers and the Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NYU, 8 September 2020
Over 10,000 students, faculty and staff have been tested for COVID-19 and are now returning to the buildings and classrooms in the city this week.
By Mike Head, 8 September 2020
The NTEU and CPSU are pleading with the managements for negotiations on how to best enforce even deeper cost-cutting measures on their members.
By Matthew Richter, 8 September 2020
The federal Liberal and provincial governments are determined to reopen the schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic so that parents can be forced back on the job to produce profits for big business.
By Renae Cassimeda and Jake Dean, 7 September 2020
The move to reopen schools will place thousands of students, educators and their families at risk of infection, and exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the region.
“Schools should not be opened if it puts people at risk”
By our correspondents, 7 September 2020
Australian school teachers denounce re-opening of American schools and support the formation of rank-and-file safety committees.
By Marianne Arens, 5 September 2020
The lockdown in the spring saved millions of lives throughout Europe, but now schools and day care centres are being reopened, despite the rising spread of infections.
“Workers must refuse to be sacrificed in the name of profits at the hands of the ruling class”
By the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter, 5 September 2020
This letter was sent to the WSWS Educators Newsletter to expose the atrocious conditions facing educators, students and parents in Ocseola County, which stands adjacent to Disney World but has the worst-funded education system in Florida.
By Matthew Taylor, 5 September 2020
The forced reopening of schools across Florida is producing a catastrophe, with already over 1,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at dozens of schools.
SUNY Oneonta orders thousands of students to return home after more than 500 test positive for COVID-19
By Alex Findijs, 5 September 2020
As of Thursday night, a staggering 507 people had tested positive for COVID-19 on the campus, nearly 17 percent of the on-campus student body.
By Isaac Finn, 5 September 2020
The latest revelation by health officials comes as schools in the county, prepare to open for in-person learning on September 9th.
By Benjamin Mateus, 4 September 2020
Rural communities in Midwest states are seeing a surge of new infections that are a byproduct of the murderous back-to-school policy being implemented by every state.
By Louis Girard, 4 September 2020
Across the province, workers, parents and medical experts have expressed deep concern about the government’s school reopening plans.
By Lisa Lachlan, 4 September 2020
Since June, angry and indignant posts have been mounting on social media accusing the government of ignorance and inaction, disregarding the needs of roughly a million students in need of assistance.
By Evan Blake, 4 September 2020
In a growing number of countries around the world, the drive to reopen schools has become the focal point of the class struggle.
By the Political Committee of the Parti de l’égalité socialiste (France), 4 September 2020
The Parti de l’égalité socialiste calls on teachers, youth and workers in France and internationally to oppose the reopening of schools.
“One student or teacher funeral is too many”
By Renae Cassimeda, 3 September 2020
Protests and job actions by educators opposed to the unsafe opening of schools have spread across the country as the drive to reopen public schools and universities has sparked a massive resurgence of COVID-19.
In face of overwhelming popular opposition, Brazilian governments push criminal reopening of schools
By Tomas Castanheira, 3 September 2020
Brazilin states, including those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, have set dates to reopen schools between September and October,
By Mike Head, 3 September 2020
McCarthyite-style parliamentary hearings will be held into “foreign interference in the university sector.”
By Jerry White, 2 September 2020
The deal that delays the opening by a week is aimed at countering the growing demands by teachers in the city and around the country for a nationwide work stoppage.
Second call-in meeting of the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee attracts large audience across the US
By Renae Cassimeda, 2 September 2020
Educators and workers from New York, Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, California, Hawaii, and many other states, as well as Britain, Germany, and South Korea participated in the meeting.
By Chase Lawrence, 2 September 2020
Despite major outbreaks, many of these schools are still resisting pressure from students, parents, and workers to switch to online learning.
By E. Cohen and Andy Thompson, 2 September 2020
The number of new daily cases at the school—home to more than 30,000 students—has remained in triple digits but the university continues to hold 25 percent of classes face to face.
By our correspondents, 2 September 2020
The online event was an attempt to divert the growing rank and file disgust over the union’s role in volunteering unprecedented sacrifices of jobs, pay and conditions.
By Benjamin Mateus, 2 September 2020
The ruling elites and their legion of state and local officials are furiously pushing to open schools and universities. However, recent published studies have provided ample evidence that school openings will drive the pandemic toward a second, potentially larger, wave.
By Alexandra Greene, 1 September 2020
The BC NDP government is receiving critical support for its reckless back-to-school drive from the B.C. Teachers Federation, which, while mouthing oppositional sounding phrases, is helping organize the return to class.
By Benjamin Mateus, 1 September 2020
The ruling elites and their legion of state and local officials are furiously pushing to open schools and universities. However, recent published studies have provided ample evidence that school openings will drive the pandemic towards a second potentially larger wave.
By Jerry White, 31 August 2020
Over the last three weeks, there have been at least 12,000 infections at public schools, universities and colleges in the US.
New York City teachers union holds strike authorization vote amidst mass opposition to school reopening
By Tim Avery, 31 August 2020
The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) aims to block rank-and-file educators from taking independent initiative against the policy or reopening schools.
By Luke Galvin, 31 August 2020
Shorty after the opening of the fall semester CMU has seen 117 new COVID-19 cases as a result of the reckless decision to move ahead with in-person classes.
University of Florida graduate residents expose plans to quarantine COVID-19 victims in family housing
By Charles Sutter and Matthew MacEgan, 31 August 2020
The university management plans to quarantine people in family housing complexes in secret while pursuing a “herd immunity” strategy on campus.
By Erika Zimmer, 31 August 2020
The data exposes the fraud of the Gonski funding model, commissioned by the last federal Labor government, ostensibly to overcome the socioeconomic divide.
By Renae Cassimeda, 29 August 2020
The past week has seen a deepening of the disastrous crisis surrounding the reopening of schools, with significant outbreaks occurring in schools across the country.
“They should shut everything down again until they get the virus under control”
By Emma Arceneaux, 29 August 2020
Deplorable working conditions and an immediate reduction of hours and pay impelled 45 percent of school bus drivers in Columbus, Mississippi to walk out on Monday.
By Gregor Link, 29 August 2020
As the country’s various state governments rush ahead with the policy of opening schools, growing numbers are expressing their opposition to the move.
Attend the UK online education forum Saturday September 5, 2pm
Form independent rank-and-file safety committees of teachers, educators, parents and students! For a general strike against the reopening of schools!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 29 August 2020
The reopening of schools is based solely on utilising the education system as a childminding service to force parents into unsafe workplaces.
By Philipp Frisch, 28 August 2020
Students at a vocational school center in Dortmund have formed an action committee to oppose the reopening of schools during the coronavirus pandemic, the dangerous results of which they confront every day.
By Matthew Richter, 28 August 2020
Teachers, students, and their families are being forced to risk their lives in unsafe and under-resourced school buildings amid a raging pandemic.
By Duval County Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 28 August 2020
The Florida Department of Health issued a mandate Tuesday censoring COVID-19 data within Duval public schools while state officials threatened the jobs of educators who oppose the deadly school openings.