Education in the US
By Nancy Hanover, 19 July 2018
In the aftermath of the biggest teachers’ strike wave in 40 years, the American Federation of Teachers bureaucracy is seeking to head off a militant movement and defend its interests by promoting the Democrats in the mid-term elections.
By Phyllis Steele, 11 July 2018
A Detroit District Court judge has dismissed a suit charging Michigan officials with systematically defunding and mismanaging schools.
By Nancy Hanover, 4 July 2018
Trump and Education Secretary DeVos are calling for the merger of the Departments of Education and Labor in the name of “shrinking government” and “workforce development.”
“Teachers will be in the classroom…there will be no labor activity”
By Adam Mclean, 29 June 2018
Less than 24 hours after teachers struck on June 19 in the small town of Dallas, a Luzerne County judge ordered them back to work.
By Debra Watson and Ed Bergonzi, 26 June 2018
Teachers are opposing proposed changes to the state’s social studies curriculum that would block students from learning about struggles for democratic and civil rights.
By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 26 June 2018
In the aftermath of the union betrayal of their strikes and protests, teachers are running for seats in their state legislatures in unprecedented numbers, posing fundamental political issues for the working class.
By Jacob Crosse, 18 June 2018
Along with school closings, Wisconsin teachers saw a 21 percent decrease in wages and benefits between 2011 and 2016.
By Michael Walters, 16 June 2018
The slashing of funding for the largest school district in Nebraska will result in the elimination of positions in the central office as well as bus drivers, student support liaisons, accountants and IT professionals.
14 June 2018
14 June 2018
Teachers must prepare for struggle when schools reopen
By Jonathan Burleigh, 9 June 2018
Oakland teachers must draw the lessons of this year’s teachers strikes to prepare their own struggle when schools reopen.
By Warren Duzak, 9 June 2018
At a public hearing earlier this week, school employees denounced city officials for handing out corporate tax cuts while starving the public schools of resources.
By Zachary Thorton, 5 June 2018
New Vision Academy is under investigation by the city’s school district for financial irregularities and noncompliance with federal law after teachers came forward as whistleblowers to report the activities.
By Harvey Simpkins, 29 May 2018
Last month, George Mason University released documents showing how the Charles Koch Foundation and the Federalist Society maintain control over the appointment of professors and the setting of curriculum.
By J. L’Heureau, 28 May 2018
The union is seeking to prevent a walkout and has warned that teachers may “take action sooner than we predict.”
By Kevin Mitchell—SEP candidate for US Congress in California, 26 May 2018
Teachers in the San Diego community have joined a growing wave of teachers’ strikes taking place nationally.
24 May 2018
By Isaac Finn, 24 May 2018
Twenty-seven Puerto Rican students, who are attending NYU through a program to aid survivors of Hurricane Maria, have requested that the NYU administration extend the program.
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 24 May 2018
The following is an exchange about the May 21 World Socialist Web Site article, “Teachers and public workers protest in South Carolina.”
As unions try to block further walkouts
By Jerry White, 23 May 2018
In remarks before the House Education and Workforce Committee, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos outlined the administration’s plans to accelerate the war against teachers and public education.
By Hiram Lee, 21 May 2018
Workers held signs that read, “Teachers need to eat too!”, “My income won’t pay my student loans!”
By Hiram Lee, 19 May 2018
For the unions, the aim of the demonstration is to smother opposition, isolate it from protests in other states, and channel workers behind the Democratic Party.
By Will Morrow, 18 May 2018
While teachers have returned to work, none of the issues that led to yesterday’s walkout have been resolved.
By Rosa Shahnazarian and Will Morrow, 17 May 2018
While teachers expressed their determination for a united struggle, the unions called the rally to avert a strike and channel opposition behind the Democratic Party.
As report shows teachers spending hundreds of dollars on school supplies
By Will Morrow, 16 May 2018
Today’s walkout in North Carolina is the latest in an ongoing wave of strikes by teachers across the United States and internationally.
Build rank-and-file committees! Prepare a nationwide strike to defend public education!
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 16 May 2018
Thousands of teachers and their supporters are marching in Raleigh, North Carolina today to demand decent wages and benefits and increased school funding.
By Nancy Hanover, 15 May 2018
The meager pay raises and funding increases in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona, hailed as “victories” by the unions and their supporters, will be funded through new attacks on workers.
By Genevieve Leigh and Sam Wayne, 15 May 2018
Multiple educators reported that Southwestern Academy high school has held dozens of classes without teachers for months at a time over the course of the current school year.
On eve of teachers’ protests in North Carolina and South Carolina
By Niles Niemuth, 14 May 2018
The 500 largest corporations in the US will funnel more money into the pockets of wealthy investors than they will allocate for capital expenditures and research and development.
“Teachers across this country need to organize a national strike”
14 May 2018
In this letter to the WSWS, an Arizona teacher describes the aftermath of the union’s betrayal of the six-day statewide teachers’ strike.
By Shelley Connor, 14 May 2018
The Alabama legislature approved a 2.5 percent raise for teachers and other state employees earlier in the year, the first cost of living raise for the state’s teachers in a decade.
As Pueblo teachers strike continues
By Will Morrow, 12 May 2018
The cuts have been enabled by the unions, which shut down mass walkouts last month and are isolating the ongoing teacher strike in Pueblo.
By Will Morrow, 12 May 2018
Both organizations played a critical role in the sellout of the strike of tens of thousands of teachers by the Arizona Education Association and Arizona Educators United.
“Do you work your best when you work for peanuts?” ask Pueblo teachers
By Bill Kidd and Nancy Hanover, 10 May 2018
Pueblo, Colorado teachers continue their strike as District 60 begins opening schools.
By Kayla Costa, 10 May 2018
The health and service workers now face the efforts of the union to isolate their struggle and push a sellout contract.
More than 50,000 UC workers on strike
By David Moore, 9 May 2018
The strike of university workers in California is part of a growing wave of workers’ struggles around education and healthcare.
By Evelyn Rios, 9 May 2018
Nurses and administrative professionals joined service and technical workers on strike across 10 California campuses as students also began to express their support.
By Alan Whyte, 9 May 2018
Striking worker-students set up picket lines Tuesday at three entrances of the New School for Social Research in New York City.
By Fred Mazelis and Steve Light, 9 May 2018
The former New York City mayor and the head of the American Federation of Teachers are worried the wave of strikes and protests initiated by the rank and file will spread and challenge decades of austerity.
By Jerry White, 8 May 2018
The strikes and protests that have erupted so far this year are initial expressions of a powerful, objective social movement that raises basic political questions for all workers.
By Bill Kidd and Will Morrow, 8 May 2018
The teachers unions are isolating the striking teachers not only from their counterparts across the US, but throughout Colorado.
By Genevieve Leigh and Sam Wayne, 8 May 2018
The school administration at Flint Southwestern Academy has hidden from parents and the community for months that dozens of their children’s classes are being held without teachers.
By Philip Guelpa, 8 May 2018
Administrators at the private university in New York City have announced plans to dismiss the entire cafeteria staff and replace them with even lower-paid workers.
By Jerry White, 7 May 2018
Facebook has disabled the Arizona Educators Rank and File Committee group, which provided a forum for teachers to oppose the betrayal of their struggles by the unions.
By Nancy Hanover, 7 May 2018
Opposition continues to grow among educators over more than a decade of school funding cuts and falling living standards.
“If the workers united we would be a dominating force”
By Will Morrow, 5 May 2018
The unions’ sellout is the latest in a series of betrayals of teacher, including in West Virginia and Oklahoma.
By Bill Kidd, 5 May 2018
As in other states that have been centers of opposition from teachers, the unions have done everything they could to prevent a walkout, and are now working to isolate the struggle.
By David Moore, 4 May 2018
The deal orders teachers back to work while meeting none of the five demands for which 60,000 teachers walked out.
By David Moore and Adam McLean, 3 May 2018
The teachers unions decided to call for one more day of walkouts in response to mass teacher opposition to the call to return to work.
By David Moore, 2 May 2018
The Arizona Education Association and Arizona Educators United have told teachers to end their strike without obtaining their demands for pay raises and restoration of $1 billion in school funding cuts.
By David Moore, 1 May 2018
Asked about growing calls by teachers for a nationwide strike, the American Federation of Teachers president said the union wanted to turn the walkouts into a “walk-in to the voting booth” for the Democrats.
By Bill Kidd, 1 May 2018
After teachers walked out last week to demand higher wages and school funding, the unions are backing a plan by state Democrats that will do little to address a decade of school cuts
By Jerry White, 30 April 2018
The unions are determined above all to block the development of a political movement of the working class in opposition to the capitalist system.
By David Moore and Adam McLean, 30 April 2018
There is widespread support for teachers throughout the state, which must be organized and mobilized to fight to defend public education.
By Will Morrow, 30 April 2018
The censorship is a clear indication that a sellout by the union and AEU is imminent.
By David Moore, 28 April 2018
As in West Virginia and Oklahoma, the unions in Arizona are doing everything they can to shut down the struggle as quickly as possible.
By David Moore, 27 April 2018
Arizona teachers launched their first strike in state history while educators in neighboring Colorado are walking out as the struggle of teachers continues to grow.
“If we did this nationally, we'd have greater success”
By our reporters, 27 April 2018
Teachers rejected the efforts to divide them from school support staff and called for a united struggle with teachers across the country.
By Daniel de Vries, 26 April 2018
Striking teaching and research assistants at the Ivy League school in New York City are the latest to join the worldwide upsurge of education workers.
By J. Cooper, 26 April 2018
The newly appointed pro-charter school education commissioner, Wayne Lewis, says he will issue his decision by Monday.
By Steve Light, 26 April 2018
The union acted quickly to isolate and shut down the Jersey City strike.
By Jerry White, 25 April 2018
With the teachers’ struggle spreading, it is urgent that workers review the political lessons of the experience of educators in the first stage of this battle.
By Will Morrow, 24 April 2018
The union is seeking to turn the walkout into a “lobbying” day at the state capitol and prevent the spread of teacher strikes throughout the country by channeling opposition behind the election of Democrats.
By Josh Varlin, 24 April 2018
Graduate students at the New York City Ivy League university are striking after Columbia refused to bargain with the union.
By Jerry White, 23 April 2018
As the week starts, teachers in Arizona and Colorado prepare walkouts as part of the rebellion of educators spreading across the US and internationally.
By Jerry White, 20 April 2018
More than three-quarters of the 57,000 Arizona educators who cast ballots voted for strike action, which is scheduled to begin next Thursday.
By J. Cooper, 19 April 2018
Teachers are voting on whether to walk out over the governor’s pay offer, which falls far short of their demands.
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 18 April 2018
The end of the strike, and the inevitability of a new social eruption, directly pose the need for workers to consciously work over the lessons of the struggle.
By Jerry White, 17 April 2018
The teachers’ courageous fight for improved wages and increased school funding for their students was betrayed by the Oklahoma Education Association and the Oklahoma City-American Federation of Teachers.
By Trévon Austin, 17 April 2018
Inspired by educators in other states, teachers protested Monday at the capitol building in Denver.
17 April 2018
By Jerry White and Niles Niemuth, 16 April 2018
Over the weekend, teachers networked with each other to organize sickouts and other forms of protest as schools reopen today.
By J. Cooper, 16 April 2018
The Kentucky legislature overrode the governor’s veto of a budget and tax bill, leaving in place bills taking millions from education.
By Jerry White, 14 April 2018
Thousands of teachers showed up at the state capitol Friday in a show of defiance against the unions and school officials trying to break their two-week strike.
“The unions are trying to shut down a growing nationwide movement”
By Niles Niemuth in Oklahoma City, 13 April 2018
Teachers reacted with anger and a determination to continue the strike following a back-to-work order announced by the OEA Thursday afternoon.
By Jerry White, 13 April 2018
The formation of rank-and-file committees is the basis for taking the conduct of the struggle out of the hands of the anti-working class organizations that call themselves “unions.”
By Jerry White, 12 April 2018
Rank-and-file teachers took to social media to denounce the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) for trying to tamp down their demands and end the strike.
By Jerry White, 11 April 2018
The Oklahoma Education Association is trying to end the strike on the basis of a rotten deal that abandons the teachers’ main demands.
By Jerry White, 10 April 2018
The walkout shut down schools serving at least 500,000 of the state’s 700,000 public school students on Monday, and scores of districts have announced that schools will be closed Tuesday.
By Keisha Gibbs and Warren Duzak, 9 April 2018
Public schools in Nashville, Tennessee face cuts to free food programs and elimination of funding to schools with impoverished students.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 9 April 2018
As the strike by tens of thousands of Oklahoma teachers and support staff enters its second week, workers face a critical crossroads.
By Will Morrow, 7 April 2018
The Oklahoma Education Association, working in collaboration with Democratic and Republican lawmakers, is seeking to end the strike by Tuesday.
By Steve Light and Alan Whyte, 7 April 2018
New York City bus operators interviewed by the WSWS expressed their support for the teachers strike in Oklahoma as well as their distrust of the role of the unions.
By Tom Hall, 7 April 2018
In a recent article, ISO writer Lee Sustar appeals to the trade unions to work with the pseudo-left to provide them with a “left” cover.
By Jerry White, 6 April 2018
As the strike by Oklahoma teachers enters its fifth day, protests, stoppages and demands for statewide walkouts by educators are spreading in Kentucky, Arizona and other states.
“We need to take inspiration from their courage”
By our reporters, 6 April 2018
Autoworkers in the greater Detroit area and Chicago voiced support for teachers who are defying the unions to take a stand in defense of public education.
“We need to stop putting profits above pupils”
By Jerry White, 5 April 2018
Most school districts in the state have closed today because of the walkout, with many others cancelling classes through Friday.
By Alexander Fangmann, 5 April 2018
The 350 liberal arts and other faculty were joined by several hundred students, alumni and other supporters.
By Jerry White, 4 April 2018
By early Tuesday evening, most of the state’s districts, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa, announced that schools would be closed Wednesday.
“This is not the civics lessons we’ve been teaching … we’re going to see more of this!”
By J. Cooper, 4 April 2018
Not only teachers and school support staff, but parents, bus drivers, firefighters, emergency responders and others attended the rally at the state capitol.
By Jacob Crosse and Christopher Davion, 4 April 2018
The proposed slashing of humanities programs to cover a comparatively modest budget shortfall comes amid immense levels of social inequality and record profits for the wealthy.
By Joseph Kishore, 3 April 2018
The growing wave of unrest among educators requires not only the attention and support of all workers, but their active participation.
By Jerry White, 3 April 2018
Unable to stop the strike initiated by rank-and-file teachers, the unions are now seeking to prevent the walkout in Oklahoma from becoming a catalyst for a far broader strike.
“This needs to go to all 50 states”
By our reporters, 3 April 2018
WSWS reporters spoke to striking teachers, teachers’ assistants and other public employees who attended yesterday’s demonstration of more than 15,000 people.
Northern California teacher placed on leave after encouraging discussion of school shooting protests
By Dan Conway, 3 April 2018
Rocklin High School history teacher Julianne Benzel was disciplined after encouraging discussion over last month’s school shooting protests.
By Tom Hall, 2 April 2018
The courageous stand by Oklahoma teachers follows the nine-day strike in West Virginia, where educators’ defiance of the state government and the unions galvanized workers throughout the country and internationally.
Build rank-and-file committees to unite with teachers in Arizona and Kentucky!
By the Socialist Equality Party, 1 April 2018
The statewide strike in Oklahoma is part of an expanding wave of struggles by educators across the United States and internationally.
By Will Morrow, 31 March 2018
Teachers closed schools in opposition to a bill passed Thursday night that includes sweeping attacks to pensions.
“This is not just about raises, it is about restoring funding”
By Jerry White and Todd Denton, 30 March 2018
More than 40,000 Oklahoma teachers are preparing to walk out on Monday in defiance of anti-strike laws and the sabotage of the unions
By Jerry White, 29 March 2018
Thousands of teachers marched at the state capitol in Phoenix, Arizona Wednesday, as the wave of teachers struggles continues to spread across the US and internationally.