Education in the US
Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part II
By Nancy Hanover, 10 August 2019
Part II of the review of a new book by Eric Blanc of the DSA. See Part I
Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part I
By Nancy Hanover, 8 August 2019
A new book by Democratic Socialists of America member Eric Blanc reviewing the role of the DSA during the teacher strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona aims to boost the credibility of the unions and the Democratic Party.
“I want to strike and send a message to the city”
By Kristina Betinis, 22 July 2019
Teachers who have suffered through years of falling real income, deteriorating classroom conditions and mass layoffs are determined to fight, but they face a brick wall of opposition from the CTU.
By Adam Mclean, 18 July 2019
The 41 percent reduction in the state budget for the University of Alaska will result in the elimination of dozens of degree programs and jeopardize climate research.
By Walter Gilberti, 17 July 2019
The closure of Marygrove College, which offers advanced teacher training, comes as university education departments in Michigan and across the country are shrinking.
By Nancy Hanover, 15 July 2019
The National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union, met to promote the Democrats in 2020.
By Sheila Brehm, 3 July 2019
The former Michigan governor, who presided over the lead poisoning of Flint’s water supply, has been awarded a prestigious senior research fellowship at Harvard University.
By Kristina Betinis, 2 July 2019
Last month, contracts for teachers also expired in Baltimore, Maryland; Newark, New Jersey and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Democrats promote right-wing, racialist politics
By Joseph Lorenz, 2 July 2019
The new offer ties the fate of the high school and possibly the district to test score performance benchmarks as well as financial obligations.
By Nancy Hanover, 29 June 2019
Defying the overwhelming sentiments of teachers, students and workers, Governor Jim Justice signed a bill legalizing the state’s first-ever charter schools.
“This is a class question… All students should have equal access to education”
By Phyllis Steele, 26 June 2019
The small turnout at the protest, organized by the unions to back the budget proposal of the state’s new Democratic governor, was only a pale reflection of the deep discontent over decades of school funding cuts.
By Doug Martin, 25 June 2019
Millions of young people across the US are facing intrusive surveillance of their social media use, emails and online searches from their schools, increasingly trampling upon their civil liberties, freedom of speech and rights to privacy.
By Lawrence Porter and Jesse Thomas, 19 June 2019
Teachers across Michigan rallied at the state capitol Tuesday voicing their outrage over a generation of budget cuts.
By Ron Barzel and E.P. Milligan, 18 June 2019
Neither one of the factions fighting for control of the Baltimore Teachers Union offers educators any way forward to fight the bipartisan attack on public education.
Mobilize the working class to fight the bipartisan attack on public education!
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 18 June 2019
The following statement is being distributed to teachers and their supporters who are attending the “Red for Ed” rally in Lansing, Michigan today.
By Nancy Hanover, 15 June 2019
Thousands of students and residents of Benton Harbor have rallied to the defense of the city’s only high school, opposing the diktat of Michigan’s Democratic governor.
By Erik Schreiber, 13 June 2019
Union officials in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey are negotiating behind the backs of educators to impose a sellout contracts.
By Dan Conway, 13 June 2019
In an effort to justify its shutdown of the LA teacher strike in January, the unions told educators to look to the Democratic Party-backed tax measure to increase school funding.
By Evan Blake, 11 June 2019
After striking for 14 days, New Haven teachers were pressured heavily to vote for the union’s sellout contract.
By Jonas Boquist, 10 June 2019
Allina, which provoked a 37-day strike in 2016 that was betrayed by the union, is once again spearheading the attack on nurses.
By Joseph Lorenz and JT Asher, 7 June 2019
Students, parents and community members denounced Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s unilateral decision to close Benton Harbor High School at a school board meeting this week.
By the World Socialist Web Site Teacher Newsletter, 7 June 2019
The following statement was distributed to teachers, parents and students at a school board meeting Tuesday night in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
As new Democratic mayor takes office
By Kristina Betinis, 5 June 2019
Layoff notices were sent to 220 teachers and 498 support staff ahead of the June 30 Chicago Teachers Union contract expiration.
By David Brown and Evan Blake, 4 June 2019
The New Haven Teachers Association has dropped their wage demands beneath inflation, leaving teachers at a loss.
By George Gallanis, 1 June 2019
Graduate students must take this struggle out of the hands of the American Federation of Teachers-backed Graduate Students United union and form rank-and-file committees.
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 1 June 2019
The WSWS Teacher Newsletter has received many statements from educators in support of Assange and Manning.
By Evan Blake, 1 June 2019
After facilitating the betrayal of the Oakland and Los Angeles teachers strikes, Thurmond has been brought in by the New Haven Teachers Association to end their strike.
“What we need to do is storm Sacramento”
By David Brown, 1 June 2019
Teachers across the New Haven School District spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about the strike and the difficult conditions they face as educators.
As teachers union abandons demands and calls in Democrats
By Evan Blake and David Brown, 31 May 2019
The New Haven Teachers Association is working with state Democrats to end the teachers strike as quickly as possible with a sellout contract
By Jonathan Burleigh, 28 May 2019
The New Haven school district has made no change to its offer of a one percent raise or its plans to lay off staff and close a school.
San Diego Sweetwater High School District to lay off 82 educators and staff amid investigation of budgetary fraud
By Evelyn Rios, 28 May 2019
The school board will meet to approve the layoff of 82 positions to close a budgetary shortfall, likely the result of fraud and mismanagement.
As secret negotiations resume between unions and school district
By Toby Reese and Evan Blake, 23 May 2019
To carry their struggle forward, New Haven teachers must break free from the pro-Democratic Party teachers’ unions, which are preparing to sell them out in the same manner as in Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento.
By Dan Conway, 22 May 2019
The California Teachers Association is sponsoring a #RedForEd “Day of Action” at the state capital of Sacramento on Wednesday.
By Warren Duzak, 20 May 2019
More than 1,000 teachers and school employees called in sick last week in the latest protests by educators in the US.
By Erik Schreiber and Sandy English, 18 May 2019
The Democratic and Republican politicians of one of the wealthiest states in America are refusing to adequately fund public education in working class communities.
By Evelyn Rios, 17 May 2019
Dwindling numbers participate in the fifth one-day, unpaid strike, as workers have been kept on the job without a contract for nearly two years.
By J. Cooper, 16 May 2019
Hundreds of red-shirted teachers demanded to be heard at Tuesday’s school board meeting.
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 14 May 2019
Three years ago, Detroit teachers were the first to organize sickouts and protests that exposed the crisis of public education to a national and international audience.
Faculty at Chicago’s DePaul University condemn professor’s anti-democratic, militarist comments on Middle East
By Kristina Betinis, 13 May 2019
The faculty resolution condemned the views of Professor Jason Hill, who called for Palestinians to be stripped of voting rights and for Israel to exercise “unprecedented and excessive military might.”
By Shelley Connor, 11 May 2019
South Carolina’s teachers, frustrated by pay that has not kept up with inflation, have become a reliable source of labor for a pharmaceutical company.
“I am ready to stay out and not going back in until we get everything we need”
By Kayla Costa, 9 May 2019
Teachers were joined by thousands of students, parents and school workers at demonstrations in multiple cities across the state.
By Phyllis Steele and Nancy Hanover, 9 May 2019
The removal of the high school teacher from an advanced placement course in a Detroit suburb occurred after a group of parents objected to a nationally-developed, comprehensive curriculum for the class.
“We want him to come to graduation!”
By Norisa Diaz, 8 May 2019
Over 200 high school students in Tucson, Arizona walked out of school Monday to protest the detention and deportation of their classmate, Thomas Torres.
By Kayla Costa, 8 May 2019
The SEP calls for the creation of rank-and-file committees to unite all educators, workers, parents and students in a common fight across the United States and internationally.
Teachers at three Chicago charter schools strike as union blocks common fight with public school educators
By Alexander Fangmann and Andy Thompson, 6 May 2019
The Chicago Teachers Union has worked closely with the Democratic Party to ensure that the two-tier education system is completely unaffected.
By Warren Duzak, 6 May 2019
More than 1,400 teachers and support staff called in sick Friday after Democratic Mayor David Briley’s budget provided no increase in real wages for school employees.
By J. L’Heureau, 4 May 2019
Mississippi educators, seeking to join the international strike wave of teachers, are demanding action against poverty wages and abysmal working conditions.
San Diego Sweetwater Teachers Union begins bargaining as false financial situation reported by district
By Evelyn Rios, 4 May 2019
The union and district are negotiating an austerity contract based on what is most likely fraudulent accounting, amidst allegations of fraud and mismanagement investigations.
“We would benefit greatly if budgets were spent on minds instead of mines”
By Ed Hightower, 2 May 2019
Tens of thousands of US teachers marched in the Carolinas on May Day to demand increased pay and school funding and an end to the war against public education.
By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2019
After clashes broke out with unidentified “black block” protesters, police indiscriminately assaulted peaceful protesters, journalists, and top union officials.
By Steve Light, 1 May 2019
As thousands of early childhood educators plan to walk out across New York City, AFSCME is dialing back the scheduled strike.
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 1 May 2019
The following statement is being distributed to teachers and their supporters who are marching in Raleigh, North Carolina today.
By Jerry White, 30 April 2019
Mass protests scheduled for North and South Carolina tomorrow are part of a renewed wave of planned strikes and demonstrations by educators, including in New York City, Chicago and Detroit.
By Shelley Connor, 29 April 2019
The simultaneous eruption of teachers struggles in the Carolinas occurs against the backdrop of a continuing wave of teacher strikes and protests around the globe.
By George Gallanis, 26 April 2019
More than 1,100 professors, lecturers, instructors and assistant professors are voting on a concessionary contract being pushed by the UIC United Faculty union, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.
By Owen Mullan, 25 April 2019
The American Federation of Teachers acted to prevent a coordinated fight by educators against the Democrats’ austerity measures.
Part 2: Plundering the education “market”
By Rebecca DeCarlo and Nancy Hanover, 22 April 2019
The US Department of Education is giving a green light to the development of new for-profit entities, which take a staggering cut of 60 percent or more from tuition payments.
By Nancy Hanover, 20 April 2019
A crude assault on educational standards, which hardens the class divide in educational access and spurs the plundering of the “education market,” is being enacted under the cover of “rule-making” by the US Department of Education.
By Andy Thompson, 16 April 2019
The strike by 1,500 graduate students has come to an end with a totally inadequate agreement, raising important political lessons that must be assimilated in preparation for future struggles.
By Kristina Betinis, 13 April 2019
As CSO strike enters sixth week, a right-wing pressure campaign is being mounted to try to force the musicians to make concessions on their pensions.
13 April 2019
George Mason University law school receives largest donation in school’s history from estate of far-right judge
By Nick Barrickman and Rhiannon Jones, 13 April 2019
With an influx of tens of millions of dollars from far-right conservative donors, the Antonin Scalia Law School is situating itself as a center of reactionary legal views.
By Tom Eley, 12 April 2019
The moves are symptomatic of a society that can spare nothing for art and history, subordinating them to the profit imperatives of the financial elite.
By Ben McGrath, 12 April 2019
As the teachers union works to reach a sellout deal with county officials, rank-and-file teachers are striving for a broader struggle in defense of public education.
College admissions scandal in the US: An inevitable product of malignant levels of social inequality
By David Walsh, 12 April 2019
The corrupt process is the implementation, in this particular field, of the “aristocratic principle,” the domination of the plutocracy at the expense of every other social interest or concern.
By Dan Conway, 11 April 2019
Ninety-two percent of Sacramento City Teachers Association members voted last month to authorize strike action in the state capital.
By Tom Eley, 9 April 2019
The deal, which must be voted on by the membership, would create a permanent category of lower-paid educators.
By Warren Duzak, 9 April 2019
Tennessee teachers are joining the growing protests across the US to defend public education and oppose privatization schemes.
By J. L’Heureau and Nancy Hanover, 8 April 2019
With Mississippi paying the lowest wages in the country, educators are enraged over the state's refusal to substantially increase them. Calls to defy the state’s brutal anti-strike laws are growing.
By Andy Thompson, 8 April 2019
Teaching assistants should reject the deal being pushed by the Graduate Employees Organization and its parent unions and spearhead a fight against the Democrats’ austerity measures.
By Nancy Hanover, 2 April 2019
In the aftermath of more than a decade of cuts to higher education, faculty at publicly-funded colleges are being galvanized into strike action.
By Jacob Crosse, 2 April 2019
The founder of the notorious mercenary group had been invited to speak at the private liberal arts school in Wisconsin by the local chapter of Young Americans for Freedom.
By Evelyn Rios, 29 March 2019
The Sweetwater school district and its teachers’ union have begun bargaining on an austerity contract in the aftermath of the announcement of the district’s $68 million shortfall.
By George Gallanis, 28 March 2019
While graduate workers have received broad support from workers and students, their struggle has been isolated by the teachers unions, which are aligned with the state Democrats.
By Owen Mullan, 25 March 2019
Over 3,600 faculty members and teaching assistants at New Jersey’s leading state university voted last week to strike over wages and teaching conditions.
By George Marlowe, 23 March 2019
Teachers in Indiana were subject to a violent school shooting drill by law enforcement officials in January which left them bleeding and bruised for weeks.
By Evelyn Rios, 21 March 2019
Yesterday, thousands of the lowest paid workers struck throughout the University of California’s ten campus system, the largest public higher education institution in the world.
By Andy Thompson, 21 March 2019
Graduate student workers walked out Tuesday to demand increases to pay and benefits and a reduction in fees.
Amid scandal and federal investigations, Nashville, Tennessee charter school closes in the middle of the school year
By Zachary Thorton, 21 March 2019
The largely unregulated charter school edu-business industry took another hit with the sudden closure of the scandal-ridden New Vision Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.
By Evelyn Rios, 20 March 2019
Thousands of low-paid workers will strike on Wednesday throughout the University of California’s 10-campus system, the largest public institution of higher learning in the world.
By Dan Conway, 20 March 2019
The overwhelming strike vote in California’s state capital expresses the militancy of teachers across the country fighting the bipartisan assault on public education.
By Valery Tsekov, 18 March 2019
The “Cops and No Counselors” report released last week by the ACLU reveals the decay of American public schools and the growing militarization of society.
By George Gallanis, 16 March 2019
The Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) is determined to avoid a strike at all costs and ram through a sellout agreement.
By Gabriel Black, 15 March 2019
The scandal involving charges against 50 individuals, including 33 parents, is a window into the anti-democratic character of the entire world of admissions processes in higher education.
By E.P. Milligan, 14 March 2019
Thousands of teachers are fighting for more school funding, higher wages, and an end to attacks on public education.
By Shelley Connor, 14 March 2019
Trump’s proposed budget, released earlier this week, would cut education spending by over $7 billion while transferring billions to charter and private schools.
By Nancy Hanover, 12 March 2019
Amid increasing strikes and struggles in defense of public education across the US and the world, the teachers’ unions are launching a new initiative to stifle the class struggle and corral teachers behind the capitalist political parties.
As teacher anger explodes across US
By WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 11 March 2019
Teacher strikes are escalating in the fight against a brutal drive by big business to privatize education and further plunder public education.
“We may walk out because we need drastic change”
By George Marlowe, 11 March 2019
While more than a thousand Indiana teachers rallied in the state Capitol against a decline in teacher salaries over the last 20 years, the unions are actively working to prevent any mass walkouts.
By our reporters, 11 March 2019
Teachers attending Saturday’s rally denounced low pay, the promotion of charter schools and other privatization schemes, while chanting "strike!" multiple times.
By our reporters, 11 March 2019
Teachers in Kentucky are holding discussions and seeking to develop their fight for pension rights and the defense of public education in the face of sabotage by the state and local teacher unions.
By our reporter, 8 March 2019
As sickouts by teachers in Kentucky’s largest school district continued into the second day, the unions were desperately working with state and local officials to shut down the protest.
By Kranti Kumara, 8 March 2019
With charter schools already proliferating within Atlanta, pro-privatization policy leaders are set to implement a new plan for closing and charterizing public schools.
By Norisa Diaz, 8 March 2019
The function of the DSA and other pseudo-left organizations is to provide a political cover for the unions, which are doing everything they can to isolate and suppress the rebellion of teachers.
Union describes walkout as “disruptive”
By Naomi Spencer, 7 March 2019
The mass action, organized by a new group calling itself “JCPS Leads,” forced Jefferson County Public Schools to cancel school for the second time in the space of a week.
“The unions are trying to divide the students and teachers”
Oakland students oppose sellout of teachers strike, plan to continue fight to defend public education
By Genevieve Leigh and Kayla Costa, 7 March 2019
There is growing anger among students and teachers in Oakland, California over the shutdown of the seven-day Oakland teachers strike by the Oakland Education Association.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 7 March 2019
The OEA has declared the strike over, but students, teachers and parents are determined to continue and expand the fight to defend public education.
Students and teachers outraged as
By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 5 March 2019
The betrayal of the seven-day teacher strike by the Oakland Education Association has opened the door to deep cuts and school closings.
By Andrea Peters, 5 March 2019
After just three days on the picket line, the union sent teachers back to work with about two hours’ notice, claiming that it had won a major victory.
By IYSSE at Eastern Michigan University, 5 March 2019
University administrators are currently considering privatizing its housing services following the recent privatization of its dining and parking services.