Education

Casualties of “herd immunity”: Three new teacher deaths in one week as US schools reopen

By Genevieve Leigh, 19 September 2020

The deaths are a direct result of the criminal actions by Democratic and Republican governors, as well as the Trump administration.

As American Federation of Teachers shuts down UM graduate student strike

Campuses across Michigan see dramatic spike in cases

By Joseph Lorenz, 19 September 2020

The decision to open campuses is part of the drive by governments everywhere in line with so-called "herd immunity" policies.

SUNY-Oswego forced into temporary shutdown of in-person instruction after spike in COVID-19 cases

By Alex Findijs, 19 September 2020

The campus in upstate New York is the second state university to be forced into a temporary shutdown this month due to the spread of COVID-19 cases.

“This district is not ready at all”

Teacher in Vancouver, Washington speaks out on school reopenings amid wildfires

By Evan Winters, 19 September 2020

Despite weeks of unhealthy wildfire-fueled air quality, the Evergreen School District is preparing to reopen elementary schools for partial in-person learning.

Union shuts down nurses strike at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago

By George Gallanis and Fabian Salgado, 19 September 2020

The Illinois Nurses Association ended the strike without a new contract and isolating 4,000 staffers on the picket line.

Boston-area colleges and universities report COVID cases and outbreaks despite testing programs

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.

New York City Democratic mayor delays school opening a second time

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

Stop the dangerous “routine operation” of schools in Germany! Prepare a nationwide general strike!

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.

Over one million UK children kept off school in face of government threats and propaganda

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.

New Zealand: Auckland University backs away from resuming classes after mass student opposition

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.

Military research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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).

Reject the AFT’s rush to vote on sellout contract at University of Michigan!

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.

American Federation of Teachers shuts down University of Michigan graduate student strike

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.

Students return to UK universities: Build campus safety committees!

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.

Surge in COVID-19 infections as in-person classes resume at many Illinois college 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.

COVID-19 outbreaks force switch to online learning at New Jersey schools

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.

Who is on the University of Michigan Board of Regents?

By Matthew Brennan, 16 September 2020

The governing body of the University of Michigan is a nexus of powerful political, military and corporate interests

Schools at epicentre of UK’s coronavirus explosion

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.

COVID-19 cases escalate with school re-openings: Build educators rank-and-file safety committees!

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”.

France imposes return to school without protections against COVID-19

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”

NYU faculty and students denounce unsafe reopening of campus

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.”

One-third of schools in Knox County, Tennessee have at least one positive COVID-19 case

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.

Reactionary Massachusetts ruling paves way for Andover public schools to open in-person

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.

Mounting opposition to school reopenings as 55 New York City teachers test positive for COVID-19

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.

Dangers mount as Detroit implements a “hybrid” return to school

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.

Washington, DC mayor calls for reopening of public schools amid pandemic

By Nick Barrickman, 15 September 2020

The announcement comes despite a late-July decision banning in-person teaching throughout the fall.

Management and NTEU prepare to cut jobs and conditions at Australia’s Newcastle University

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”

Autoworkers support University of Michigan strikers

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.

University of Illinois at Chicago workers go on strike against low wages and unsafe conditions

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.

More than 15,000 attend University of Texas football game amidst coronavirus pandemic

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.

Stop the dangerous “routine operation” of schools in Germany! Prepare a nationwide general strike!

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!”

Jacksonville, Florida teacher speaks out against deadly school reopenings

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.

Full classes, full buses—German schools are becoming a coronavirus trap

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.

State University of New York scapegoats students for COVID outbreaks, prepares repressive measures

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.

University of Michigan graduate students take a stand for life against profit

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.

The human cost of school reopenings: Six teachers dead in the US in the past month

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.

Over 10,500 Florida children test positive for COVID-19 after schools reopen

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”

Spanish government demands schools reopen as COVID-19 deaths surge

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.

State University of New York scapegoats students for COVID outbreaks, prepares repressive measures

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.

University of Michigan graduate students take a stand for life against profit

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.

University of Michigan graduate student strike wins wide support

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.

University of Iowa students and staff respond to one-day sickout

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.

New York City educators launch safety committee to halt the reopening of schools

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.

UK government blames young people as COVID-19 surges

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.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer greenlights the resumption of high school sports during 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.

Australian Education Union endorses re-opening of schools in Melbourne

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”

UK Educators Rank-and-File Committee holds initial meeting

By our reporter, 9 September 2020

Teachers and parents from Britain and internationally attended the initial meeting of the Educators Rank-and-File Committee.

Health disaster and class conflict on horizon as millions of students return to US schools

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.

University of Michigan graduate students strike over pandemic danger

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.

Texas educators launch safety committee to save lives

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.

West Virginia schools return to in-person instruction

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.

Anger erupting as union paves way to open New York City schools

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.

Oppose the unsafe reopening of New York University!

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.

Unions help impose new wave of job cuts in Australian universities

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.

Ontario teachers union leader emphatically opposes job action to stop reckless school reopening

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.

San Diego, California school districts plan reopenings based on dangerous new state guidelines

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”

Australian teachers back US educators’ fight for independent rank and file safety committees

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.

Germany is reopening all schools despite rising coronavirus infections

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”

Florida parent denounces Osceola County public school system’s unsafe reopening

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.

Opposition to school reopenings mounts across Florida as spread of COVID-19 deepens

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.

Teen in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania linked to 40 new COVID-19 cases

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.

School and college outbreaks make Iowa the US COVID-19 hotspot

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.

Quebec teachers denounce unions for their complicity in reckless school reopening

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.

Coronavirus assistance for university students in Germany—a calculated fraud

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.

The global campaign to reopen schools and the international strategy of the working class

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.

For a general strike against the reopening of schools!

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”

Teacher protests spread as COVID-19 rips through schools and universities

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,

Australian government launches anti-China inquiry in universities

By Mike Head, 3 September 2020

McCarthyite-style parliamentary hearings will be held into “foreign interference in the university sector.”

Teachers union and Democrats agree to resume in-person learning in New York City schools

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.

With over 26,000 COVID-19 cases at more than 750 US colleges, campus opposition erupts

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.

Hundreds at University of Iowa stage sickout as COVID-19 cases skyrocket

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.

Australian “assembly” of university workers seeks to head off rebellion against NTEU

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.

The pseudoscience behind the right-wing drive to force schools to open

Part two

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.

Opposition grows to British Columbia NDP government’s reckless school reopening

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.

The pseudoscience behind the right-wing drive to force schools to open

Part one

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.

With thousands of new cases in US, opposition mounts against unsafe school and college reopenings

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.

Central Michigan University faces COVID-19 outbreak as campus opens

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.

Australian report reveals accelerating social inequality in education

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.

COVID-19 outbreaks continue unabated at US schools, putting millions at risk

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”

Mississippi bus drivers walk out as schools push ahead with unsafe reopenings

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.