The Defense of Public Education
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 Miguel Andrade, 18 May 2019
The powerful demonstrations by teachers and students in over 200 cities targeted both fascistic President Bolsonaro and Workers Party (PT) state governors.
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 Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 14 May 2019
The Socialist Equality Party is alone in calling for a vast redistribution of wealth to secure the basic social right to free, high-quality public education at all levels.
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.
“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 Penny Smith, 9 May 2019
Ford’s cuts are part of a concerted drive to restructure post-secondary education to tailor it even more to the demands of big business.
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.
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 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 Will Morrow and Clara Weiss, 27 April 2019
The union is covering up the fact that it is ending the strike without meeting any of the teachers’ demands by claiming the strike is being “suspended.”
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.
As union seeks to end walkout
By Will Morrow, 25 April 2019
The main teachers’ union has called for the suspension of the powerful strike to allow students to complete their exams.
By Owen Mullan, 25 April 2019
The American Federation of Teachers acted to prevent a coordinated fight by educators against the Democrats’ austerity measures.
By Clara Weiss, 24 April 2019
The teachers’ strike, the first nationwide walkout since 1993, is one of the largest strikes since the restoration of capitalism in Poland in 1989.
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 Tom Pearce, 22 April 2019
Funding per pupil in England continues to fall, with a further 3 percent drop to come in the next period.
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.
“Without truth and a free press we are doomed to further oppression”
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 19 April 2019
Teachers have been in the forefront of a wave of global strikes and struggles over the last year, which terrifies the ruling class and is motivating its attack on free speech and democratic rights.
By Clara Weiss, 17 April 2019
Both the Polish government and the ZNP union are trying to isolate the national teachers’ strike and keep it from sparking a broader movement of the working class.
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
By Clara Weiss, 12 April 2019
The vast majority of Polish teachers remain on strike as the government refuses to make any concessions.
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.
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 Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 11 April 2019
Thirty years after General Wojciech Jaruzelski’s Stalinist regime began to collapse, paving the way for capitalist restoration, Polish teachers are mounting a national strike.
By Clara Weiss and Jerry White, 10 April 2019
Hundreds of thousands of educators are continuing their strike against Poland’s extreme right-wing government and its policies of austerity and social reaction.
By Marc Wells, 10 April 2019
University of California’s 25,000 service and patient care technicians are on strike today, for the fourth time in less than a year.
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.
“We are the future. Give us what we need!”
By our reporters, 6 April 2019
The student-led initiative saw thousands rally across the province against the right-wing government of Doug Ford.
Ontario workers need an international socialist program to defend public education and fight austerity
By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 6 April 2019
If public education from kindergarten to university is to be defended, workers and students must launch a political struggle independently of the unions and in opposition to the entire political establishment.
By Frank Gaglioti, 6 April 2019
Teachers in Tasmania are the lowest paid of any state in Australia.
University of Illinois-Chicago faculty to vote on strike action as grad student walkout enters third week
By George Gallanis, 4 April 2019
The American Federation of Teachers hopes to block faculty members from joining grad students and escalating the fight against the Democratic Party’s austerity program.
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 Penny Smith, 27 March 2019
The changes the government announced last week to mollify angry protests are cosmetic, leaving parents to fund tens of thousands of dollars in annual treatment costs from their own pockets.
An interview with Australian author Gabbie Stroud
By Sue Phillips, 27 March 2019
“It’s almost as if our system doesn’t need a reformation, it needs a re-creation. It’s like we need to dismantle it and start again from the ground up.”
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 Roger Jordan, 20 March 2019
According to teacher union estimates, the Ford government’s education “reform” will result in the elimination of nearly 10,000 teaching jobs and class sizes of up to 40 students.
By Harm Zonderland, 18 March 2019
The militant struggle of teachers in the Netherlands is part of an international strike wave among educators spanning five continents.
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 our reporters, 15 March 2019
The union called an end to the strike after a clear majority of teachers voted to continue it.
By Rafael Azul, 15 March 2019
This year’s three-day walkout, like a two-day strike and mobilizations in 2018, failed to win wage increases to compensate for inflation.
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 Ulrich Rippert, 8 March 2019
The continuation of low-wage jobs in many parts of the public sector, including the care professions, education and childcare, will further exacerbate staff shortages and intensify workloads.
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.
By Eric London, 7 March 2019
From Bamako to Buenos Aires and Sacramento to São Paulo, the teachers’ strike movement shows the international character of the class struggle.
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.
By Joseph Santolan, 4 March 2019
Hours after angry teachers denounced the sellout agreement during a mass meeting, the Oakland Education Association claimed the deal had been ratified.
Vote “no” on sell-out agreement
By Joseph Santolan, 2 March 2019
The deal leaves $30 million of district budget cuts and school closures intact, while allowing school closures, giving teachers raises below inflation, and addressing none of their other pressing demands.
By Norisa Diaz and Joseph Santolan, 1 March 2019
The rank-and-file strike committee, at a meeting Thursday night, exposed the anti-democratic measures of the OEA leadership.
Oakland strike, mass “sickout” in Kentucky
By Nancy Hanover, 1 March 2019
A summary of teacher struggles underscores the need for educators to break the grip of the unions in order to unify in a common fight to defend public education.
By Joseph Santolan, 28 February 2019
As teachers in Oakland California begin their sixth day on strike, the wave of teachers struggles, begun in West Virginia a year ago, continues to expand across the United States.
“We always have money for wars but not for public education”
By our reporters, 28 February 2019
Teachers, students and other workers expressed their determination to fight on the fifth day of the strike by 3,000 educators in Oakland, California.
By Jerry White, 26 February 2019
Throughout the world, teachers have come to the forefront of the struggle against decades of austerity and levels of social inequality not seen since the 1920s.
By Joseph Santolan, 25 February 2019
The Oakland Education Association is collaborating with the Democratic Party, which controls California, to end the strike on the basis of an agreement that will facilitate the continued assault on public education.
By our reporters, 25 February 2019
Teachers have been on strike since February 4 in opposition to a pension reform that would significantly increase their required contributions.
By Evan Blake, 23 February 2019
Despite its rhetoric, the OEA is working to isolate teachers from their class allies and prevent a broader struggle in defense of public education.
“Everybody needs to go on strike”
By our reporters, 23 February 2019
The unions called off the West Virginia teachers strike amid a growing national strike wave and broad support in the working class.
Vote “No” on sell-out contract!
By Nancy Hanover and George Marlowe, 23 February 2019
The WSWS Teachers Newsletter urges teachers to reject the deal, which does not resolve any of the issues concerning poverty wages for teachers or the broader attack on public education.
By our reporters, 23 February 2019
After years of deceit and backroom talks, the administration and Board of Trustees announced that they will close and sell-off OCAC by the end of the semester.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality - Berkeley, 23 February 2019
The IYSSE supports and applauds the tens of thousands of teenage students in Oakland who have protested in solidarity with their striking teachers.
By WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 22 February 2019
The call must go out in every workplace in the Bay Area, across California, the US and internationally: “The Oakland teachers must not fight this decisive battle alone!”
By Jerry White, 21 February 2019
Teachers in Oakland, California have walked out of schools in the latest of a series of strikes by educators in the US and internationally against austerity and social inequality.
By Nancy Hanover, 21 February 2019
Speaking in El Paso last week, Donald Trump, Jr. launched into a vicious McCarthyite attack on public school teachers, one of a series of anti-socialist diatribes by the administration.
By Tom Eley, 20 February 2019
The unions’ attempts to declare “victory” have so far failed to convince teachers, who remember all too well similar claims after the betrayal of their statewide strike last year.
“They’ll tell you one thing and turn around and do another”
By our reporters, 20 February 2019
Teachers and their allies condemned attacks on public education and expressed enthusiasm for the expansion of strikes.
By Alexander Fangmann, 20 February 2019
Despite hailing it as yet another “victory,” the union agreed to a deal that leaves conditions and teacher compensation at charter schools well below traditional public schools.
By Ben McGrath, 18 February 2019
Oakland educators are faced with a struggle against the Democratic Party and the teachers’ union, which have collaborated in decades of budget cutting in Oakland and across California.
By Andrea Peters, 18 February 2019
The tentative agreement reached by the union cuts compensation for some school employees and deepens union-management collaboration in merit pay.
The State, Business and Education: How rapacious corporations are dismantling public education globally
By Erika Zimmer, 16 February 2019
Billionaires, global tech companies and national governments are imposing a profit-driven, user-pays system.
By Trévon Austin, 15 February 2019
The Denver Classroom Teachers Association cut a deal in the early hours of Thursday morning and told teachers to return to work before voting on the contract.
By Alexander Fangmann, 15 February 2019
The agreement codifies most of the demands made by the university’s administrators and board of trustees, and should be rejected by faculty.
By Nancy Hanover, 14 February 2019
Denver teachers should take a warning from the experience of Los Angeles teachers and resist any attempt to rush through a deal that abandons critical demands for substantial increases in pay and school funding and a reduction in class sizes.
By Andrea Peters, 13 February 2019
Teachers in Colorado’s largest city are continuing their decisive fight against low pay, performance-based compensation and underfunding of the schools.
By Rebecca Decario, 13 February 2019
On the second day of their strike, teachers picketing at East High School described the inherent inequalities of merit pay.