Education in the US
By our reporters, 11 February 2019
Teachers and other school workers in all 55 West Virginia counties voted last week to call a work action against a reactionary omnibus education bill moving through the legislature.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 11 February 2019
Thousands of Oakland students voiced their support for teachers and hostility to planned budget cuts and school closures.
By Alexander Fangmann, 9 February 2019
As the strike by full-time faculty at Wright State heads toward a fourth week, the university administration is attempting to threaten striking faculty with the specter of being replaced by “long-term” adjuncts.
By Kristina Betinis, 6 February 2019
Kathleen Gomez was mourned by family and friends at her home on Tuesday evening.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 6 February 2019
Oakland teachers have voted by 95 percent to authorize a strike, showing the determination of educators to fight in defense of public education.
By Naomi Spencer, 5 February 2019
Teachers in West Virginia are set to vote on possible “statewide work action” against a raft of right-wing education policies being fast-tracked through the state legislature.
By our reporter, 4 February 2019
New measures for the militarization of schools are being adopted one year after the Parkland massacre, while funding for public education, mental health and school counselors continue to be cut.
By Jean Bellevie and Matthew MacEgan, 2 February 2019
A longtime opponent of public education has been named to Florida’s top education position.
By Phyllis Steele and Nancy Hanover, 1 February 2019
Members of the West Virginia state legislature are attempting to fast-track a “Comprehensive Education Reform” bill that would further eviscerate public education in the state.
By Dan Conway, 31 January 2019
School district officials in California’s capital city announced they had to cut $16 million from spending by November 2019 to avoid state receivership, with another $16 million in cuts needed for next year.
By Alexander Fangmann, 31 January 2019
Just days after the setting of a February 4 strike date, the Cook County College Teachers Union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that a tentative agreement had been reached.
By Phyllis Steele, 30 January 2019
A series of bills being introduced on February 4 by state Republicans would punish teachers for striking, participating in political activities and exercising freedom of speech.
By Alan Gilman, 30 January 2019
The agreement failed to meet any of the teachers’ most critical demands to reduce class size, increase wages, stop the expansion of charter schools, and address chronically underfunded budgets.
By Matthew Taylor, 29 January 2019
The arrest of Casey Smitherman has illuminated the wretched living conditions the working class confronts in Indiana and across the US.
"Dead last” in school funding
By Phyllis Steele, 29 January 2019
In Betsy DeVos’s home state, school privatization interests have carried out a record level of education de-funding, now accompanied by punitive “accountability” measures designed to destroy public education.
By Adam Mclean, 28 January 2019
Before, during and after the six-day strike by 33,000 teachers, the ISO and the Democratic Socialists of America sought to subordinate educators to the unions and the Democratic Party.
By Eddie Haywood, 28 January 2019
After a 93 percent vote last week for strike action by 5,600 Denver teachers, the state of Colorado has intervened to prevent the walkout.
Mobilize the working class to defend public education!
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 28 January 2019
The demonstration today in Virginia is part of a growing movement of teachers, students and workers against attacks on public education.
The timeline of a sellout
By Alan Gilman, 25 January 2019
Well aware that the sellout deal would provoke widespread opposition, the union rushed through the contract without providing teachers time to study and discuss it.
“It was rushed. It was a farce”
By Kimie Saito, 25 January 2019
Teachers spoke out on how the United Teachers Los Angeles pushed through a contract vote on a deal that abandoned their most critical demands.
By Shelley Connor and Nancy Hanover, 24 January 2019
Teachers are entering into struggle after decades of bipartisan defunding of public schools, accompanied by the promotion of privatization and charter schools.
By Jerry White, 23 January 2019
Before educators had time to study the deal, the United Teachers Los Angeles rushed through a vote that ignores teachers’ demands for improved wages and school funding and lower class sizes.
By Andrea Peters, 23 January 2019
“Education is just underfunded,” emphasized an Oklahoma teacher who participated in the strike last April and spoke to the WSWS about her support for LA teachers.
By our reporters, 23 January 2019
The conspiracy by United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and the Democratic Party to ram through a new contract to end the six-day strike by 33,000 educators provoked widespread anger from teachers.
By Evan Blake, 22 January 2019
For five straight days, the UTLA has kept striking teachers in the dark as they conduct closed-door negotiations with the school district and the city’s Democratic mayor.
Vote “No” on UTLA-LAUSD deal! Extend the strike to Oakland and across California to defend public education!
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 22 January 2019
The UTLA and the school board are engaged in a conspiracy to shut down the strike by Los Angeles teachers and block a united movement of workers throughout the state and beyond.
Support for LA teachers’ strike
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 22 January 2019
Students have a critical role to play as they join their teachers in a fight against the entire capitalist system and political establishment that drives the assault on public education.
By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 21 January 2019
As the strike by 33,000 Los Angeles teachers enters its second week, suspicions are growing that the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is preparing to agree to a rotten compromise.
“There’s only so much workers can take and now we’re rising up”
By our reporters, 19 January 2019
As anger among teachers builds to fight against the Democratic Party-led campaign to privatize public education, the United Teachers of Los Angeles is working with the school officials to carve up the district.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 19 January 2019
In defiance of the official, interminable, negotiations process, Oakland teachers have begun to organize themselves independently in preparation for a broader struggle in defense of public education.
By Alexander Fangmann, 19 January 2019
Faculty at Wright State University are scheduled to begin striking on Tuesday against the imposition of an austerity contract featuring a pay freeze, furloughs, healthcare cuts and increases in workload.
By Jerry White, 18 January 2019
The five-day strike by Los Angeles teachers has thrust educators into a direct conflict with the Democratic Party, which has used the city and the state as a test case for school privatization.
“All teachers have to get together from all the states”
By our reporters, 17 January 2019
On the picket lines and at rallies teachers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about a strategy to fight the assault on public education.
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 17 January 2019
After the initial exhilaration of the first few days of the strike, teachers in Los Angeles are now discussing and debating the way forward in this historic battle to defend public education.
As support grows to extend Los Angeles teacher strike, unions colluding with Democrats to end walkout
By Jerry White, 16 January 2019
With Oakland teachers planning sickouts to join the fight, the United Teachers Los Angeles is working behind the scenes with the Democratic mayor and governor to prepare a sellout of the strike.
By our reporters, 16 January 2019
“They keep saying, ‘There’s no money, there’s no money.’ That’s a lie.”
By Jonathan Burleigh, 16 January 2019
Teachers in Oakland, facing the same crisis as those striking in Los Angeles, have called a second wildcat “sickout” to oppose the attacks on public education.
By Jerry White, 15 January 2019
The first strike by LA teachers in three decades is shaping up to be a direct conflict with the Democratic Party, which is backing the campaign to privatize public education.
This walkout should be nationwide
By our reporters, 15 January 2019
Teachers and their supporters denounced the bipartisan attack on public education and supported the call by the WSWS Teacher Newsletter to expand the strike throughout California and the US.
By J. Cooper, 15 January 2019
If negotiations fail between the Denver Public Schools board and the union by January 18, a strike vote will be taken the next day.
By David Brown, 14 January 2019
Teachers across California and the nation looking for a way to defend public education are confronting the efforts of the unions to isolate them.
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 12 January 2019
As teachers in Los Angeles prepare to strike, they confront the fact that the unions are working to undermine and isolate their struggle against privatization and other attacks on public education.
By our reporters, 11 January 2019
Students, parents and workers expressed their support for Los Angeles teachers who are determined to walk out for improved wages and to oppose the drive to dismantle public education.
By Jerry White, 10 January 2019
Just days after abandoning teachers’ most critical demands regarding opposition to school privatization, the United Teachers Los Angeles has postponed the strike by 33,000 educators
“All the teachers across the nation should come out”
By our reporters, 10 January 2019
The WSWS Teacher Newsletter spoke to teachers eager to join with LA teachers and expand the fight to defend public education nationally and internationally.
By Eric London, 10 January 2019
Boghossian has faced threats and intimidation after Portland State found he violated ethical obligations in the October 2018 study exposing the bankruptcy of postmodernism and identity politics.
By Jerry White, 9 January 2019
Teachers in the nation’s second-largest school district are engaged in a critical battle to defend the right to public education.
By Alan Gilman, 9 January 2019
Los Angeles teachers are in the front line of the battle against Wall Street interests seeking to privatize education.
By Jerry White, 8 January 2019
The United Teachers Los Angeles has signaled that it is preparing to betray this critical battle over the privatization of public education.
“Almost everyone I know is working two jobs to make ends meet”
By Jerry White and Kimie Saito, 7 January 2019
More than 33,000 teachers in the nation’s second largest school district are set to strike Thursday in a battle that pits educators against the Democratic Party establishment.
By Alan Gilman, 7 January 2019
Beutner is renowned as a financier who has had a lucrative career extracting huge profits by privatizing public assets and slashing the wages and benefits of workers.
By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 4 January 2019
Teachers in Los Angeles should reach out to educators in Oakland and across California to prepare a statewide walkout to defend the right to high quality public education.
By Nancy Hanover, 31 December 2018
The new year promises to inaugurate growing struggles in defense of public education, as teachers around the world prepare strikes and protests.
By Kayla Costa, 31 December 2018
Months after the statewide teachers’ struggle, the Democratic Party, unions and pseudo-left groups are uniting to implement regressive taxes in the name of funding public education.
“I decided that something was wrong with the world and not me”
By Nancy Hanover, 27 December 2018
An adjunct community college professor speaks to the WSWS about the impossible situation faced by so many college instructors.
By Ed Hightower, 24 December 2018
Thousands of Virginia teachers are expected to march on the state capitol in Richmond on January 28, as the fight in defense of public education continues to spread across the US.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 24 December 2018
Numerous attendees condemned the school district for its cuts to public education in Oakland and their drive to convert public schools to private charter schools.
By Dan Conway, 24 December 2018
Despite union efforts to block a strike, teachers in the second largest school district in America are demanding higher wages, smaller class sizes and the hiring of more nurses and support staff.
By Alexander Fangmann, 20 December 2018
The leadership of the Columbia College Chicago’s part-time faculty union has convened a special committee to discipline members who question the union’s authority.
“We don’t want the wars, we don’t want the prisons, we want that money to go to students who need it”
By our reporters, 18 December 2018
WSWS reporters were warmly received by teachers and their supporters at a mass rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.
By Dan Conway, 17 December 2018
The demonstration, which involved up to 50,000 protesters, was the latest indication of the resumption of resistance by educators across the US who have been involved in the largest strike wave by teachers in decades.
By Steve Light, 17 December 2018
The action demonstrates, yet again, the determination of teachers to defend their living standards and stop the assault on public education, against the unions' role.
By Clement Daly, 17 December 2018
Throughout the strike and pro-forma hearings, teachers and public service workers demanded that health care be funded through increased taxes on the state’s oil and gas industry.
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 14 December 2018
This statement will be distributed at a mass demonstration of teachers and their supporters in Los Angeles, California on Saturday.
By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 11 December 2018
Union officials showered Democrats with praise while offering no concrete details of the agreement to charter school teachers or when they could vote on the deal.
“Our action is part of a broader fight for education”
By Kayla Costa, 11 December 2018
Teachers in Oakland, California participated in wildcat “sickouts” and demonstrations on Monday to demand pay raises, smaller class sizes, and better school conditions.
By Nancy Hanover, 11 December 2018
A section of the Republican Party, speaking for broader Wall Street interests, advocates ending tax-funded public education.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 10 December 2018
Teachers from over five schools carried out a coordinated “sick out” on Monday to protest low wages and millions of dollars in planned cuts to the district.
Sudden closure of for-profit Education Corporation of America leaves 20,000 students without an education
By Adam Mclean, 8 December 2018
One of the largest for-profit colleges in the United States, ECA abruptly announced this week that they would shut down operations at almost all locations, following their disaccreditation on Tuesday.
Chicago charter teacher strike continues, as unions announce backing for Democratic machine politician
By Kristina Betinis, 7 December 2018
Acero teachers determined to improve conditions are being isolated from other schools even as the unions use their strike as the backdrop for their political maneuvers.
By Kristina Betinis, 6 December 2018
Hours after staging a photo op at a Tuesday teachers’ rally, Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle announced her education platform.
By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 4 December 2018
Teachers at Acero schools and suburban Geneva District 304 walked out Tuesday morning as teachers in other districts prepare to fight for improved wages and conditions.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 4 December 2018
The Oakland Unified School District is proposing $60 million in cuts over two years and potentially closing a third of the district’s schools.
By Josh Varlin, 30 November 2018
Faculty and PhD students at New York University have demanded that NYU President Andrew Hamilton condemn the imprisonment of UK academic Matthew Hedges by the United Arab Emirates.
By Nancy Hanover, 19 November 2018
The union-endorsed agreement will open the door to streamlining the ability of the Little Rock School district to fire educators.
By Steve Light, 13 November 2018
The United Federation of Teachers rammed through a contract that includes below inflation rate wages in order to prevent a strike in the largest school district in America.
“The UFT says there is no giveback but there is plenty giveback”
By Steve Light, 13 November 2018
By Hector Cordon, 6 November 2018
This action comes roughly two months after a wave of walkouts and strike votes in the state were isolated and defeated by the unions.
By Nancy Hanover, 5 November 2018
The deliberate isolation of struggles by teacher unions is taking a stark form in Little Rock, Arkansas, the site of a major battle for desegregation of public education 61 years ago.
By Kristina Betinis, 5 November 2018
Charter school teachers are determined to improve pay and classroom conditions, but they cannot advance their fight through the Chicago Teachers Union.
AFSCME officials attempt to suppress WSWS reporting team
By Evelyn Rios, 27 October 2018
AFSCME has kept its 25,000 members on the job without a contract for over a year. Their current contract expired June 30, 2017.
By Dan Conway and Nancy Hanover, 26 October 2018
Despite more than 18 months of negotiations and three mediation sessions that have gone nowhere, the union continues to block strike action by teachers.
By Evelyn Rios, 20 October 2018
AFSCME and other unions at UC are working overtime to prevent any significant struggle by workers, and sabotage it if it erupts anyway.
By Guillaume Garnier and Steve Light, 19 October 2018
The United Federation of Teachers is trying to sell its membership a contract that cuts health care, reduces real wages and maintains poor conditions for students.
By Anthony del Olmo with the IYSSE at SDSU, 18 October 2018
Over the past several decades, universities in San Diego have developed into key assets for US militarism by becoming regional hubs for military training programs.
55 Strong, Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike
By Nancy Hanover, 18 October 2018
A new book promoted by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is centered on the lie that the West Virginia teachers’ strike, which set off the series of strikes nationally last spring, was a “victory” in which the unions played a heroic role.
By Joseph Lorenz, 10 October 2018
John Rubadeau, who has more than three decades at the university, was fired by the English Department on the basis of unspecified allegations.
By Kayla Costa, 19 September 2018
The experiences of teachers in Washington provide critical lessons for educators and other sections of workers coming into struggle.
By Todd Denton, 17 September 2018
The state of Texas is in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for its failure to educate disabled children.
By Trévon Austin, 17 September 2018
Monitoring students’ social media accounts is a violation of privacy, revealing the partnership of the US government and tech companies in internet surveillance and censorship.
By our reporter, 15 September 2018
On Friday, approximately 1,000 teachers, students, and supporters picketed East Stroudsburg’s South High School as a strike continues by instructors over management demands for major cuts in health care.
By Hector Cordon, 14 September 2018
Four hundred teachers in the small Washington State town of Tumwater are courageously defying a judge’s strikebreaking order as educators continue walkouts in Tacoma and other cities.
By our reporter, 13 September 2018
The district’s teachers are being asked to shoulder increased health care costs.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 September 2018
Educators across the US have returned to the classrooms under conditions of unrelenting assault on public education.
By Evan Blake, 10 September 2018
The Seattle Education Association, with the backing of its supposedly dissident faction, Social Equity Educators, forced through the agreement, undermining the momentum for a statewide strike.
A warning to students and the working class
Who are California Governor Jerry Brown’s appointments to the University of California Board of Regents?
By Evelyn Rios, 10 September 2018
Brown appointed his chief fiscal policy advisor, a top union bureaucrat, a former EPA official, and prior vice president of Lockheed Martin, the weapons manufacturer.
By WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 8 September 2018
The WSWS Teacher Newsletter urges Seattle teachers meeting today to vote “no” and immediately constitute themselves as an independent rank-and-file committee to plan a serious struggle.
By IYSSE at University of Illinois at Chicago, 8 September 2018
The CIA partnership is an expression of the militarization of life in the US and internationally that must be opposed by students and young people.
By Kayla Costa, 7 September 2018
On Thursday, teachers in Tacoma joined thousands of striking teachers throughout the state of Washington as the unions work to contain and isolate the struggles in each district.
By Alec Andersen, 6 September 2018
School officials in three districts threatened disciplinary action against striking teachers while educators in Tacoma joined walkouts in 10 other districts Thursday.