Education

Omaha Public Schools pushes for fully in-person learning despite widespread opposition

By Erin Miller, 6 February 2021

As the positivity rate of COVID-19 cases in Omaha reaches 25 percent, the Omaha Public Schools district is pushing to reopen schools in the face of massive opposition.

Pennsylvania rank-and-file committee stands with Chicago teachers

Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 6 February 2021

Chicago teachers confront the Democratic Party at the local, state and national level—just as many Pennsylvania teachers do.

UK National Education Union bolsters homicidal plans to reopen schools and the economy

By Margot Miller, 5 February 2021

The National Education Union’s recovery plan is predicated on the dangerous fiction that it is possible to reopen schools safely while the pandemic is raging.

Committee for Public Education in Australia supports the struggle of Chicago teachers

The Committee for Public Education (Australia), 5 February 2021

The CFPE salutes the struggle of Chicago’s teachers and educators who have refused to yield to the demands of the Biden administration and state authorities that they return to work under extremely unsafe and deadly conditions.

Australian teachers and students speak in solidarity with Chicago educators

By The Committee for Public Education (Australia), 5 February 2021

“Me and many other Australians stand on the side of teachers, that is, the side of science, students and the working class.”

Chicago educators organize independent opposition to teacher union’s plans to reopen schools

By Evan Blake, 5 February 2021

As the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and city and school officials continue secret negotiations to try to reach a deadly compromise to reopen schools, there is a powerful movement of opposition developing among rank-and-file educators.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg vents his spleen at Chicago teachers: “Suck it up and go to work”

By Tom Hall, 5 February 2021

The world’s 14th richest human used the interview to denounce teachers for resisting unsafe reopenings and demand that President Biden crack down on Chicago teachers.

Ontario government risking lives of educators and students by reopening schools

By Omar Ali, 5 February 2021

While it prioritizes corporate profit over the health and lives of school staff, students and their families, the Ford government is cynically feigning concern over children’s well-being.

UK universities step up jobs cull in collaboration with the trade unions

By Henry Lee, 5 February 2021

The response of the University and College Union to the attack on jobs and the reopening of campuses during the pandemic has been to isolate each dispute and refuse to call unified national strike action.

European workers issue statements of support for Chicago teachers

By our reporters, 5 February 2021

Educators, students and parents in Britain, Belgium and Germany have sent messages of solidarity to teachers in Chicago in the United States, who are refusing to return to work in unsafe conditions.

French teachers denounce Macron government’s “herd immunity” policy in schools

By Will Morrow, 5 February 2021

Last night, Prime Minister Jean Castex delivered a press conference to announce that the government was continuing to reject any lock-down measures.

Amazon workers call for united struggle to oppose the reopening of schools during the pandemic!

Amazon BWI2 Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 5 February 2021

In the struggle against unsafe reopenings, workers must remind themselves of the traditional militant rank-and-file slogan: “An injury to one is an injury to all.”

New York City educators call for unity with Chicago educators in fight to close schools

New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 4 February 2021

We urge Chicago teachers to build rank-and-file committees as the center of opposition to whatever miserable deal the CTU attempts to sell to reopen schools.

“They are placing human safety and survival above capitalist interests”

Students speak out in support of Chicago teachers struggle against in-person learning

By Our reporters, 4 February 2021

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality spoke to students throughout the United States on the struggle of the Chicago teachers and found widespread support.

Spanish Morenoite Izquierda Diario denounces social distancing for COVID-19

By Alice Summers, 4 February 2021

Despite the mounting toll from the coronavirus pandemic, the Morenoites are bitterly hostile to lock-down measures needed to halt the pandemic.

As educators continue to resist, Chicago Teachers Union and district move closer to deal to reopen schools

By Evan Blake, 4 February 2021

Among rank-and-file Chicago educators, there is enormous opposition to the campaign to reopen schools and a wide recognition that this is solely in the interests of the financial elite.

Keeping Chicago schools closed during the pandemic is not negotiable!

Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 4 February 2021

We are fighting to mobilize opposition to any agreement reached by CPS and the CTU to reopen schools, and to prepare for general strike action with the broader working class.

Reopening schools during the pandemic is not negotiable! Lives and health are not negotiable!

Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 4 February 2021

We call on Chicago educators to mobilize opposition to any agreement reached by CPS and the CTU to reopen schools, and to prepare for general strike action with the broader working class to close all schools and nonessential businesses.

Quebec teachers’ union rules “out of order” motion condemning government’s reopening of schools amid pandemic

By Our reporters, 4 February 2021

After refusing to call a single membership meeting on the COVID-19 crisis since schools reopened in August, one of Quebec’s largest local teacher unions ruled “out of order” a motion calling for an emergency meeting to discuss what actions teachers should take to fight the pandemic.

Wall Street Journal demands Biden crack down on Chicago teachers

By Jerry White, 3 February 2021

In a statement by its editorial board Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal angrily criticized President Biden for being too soft on Chicago teachers, who are defying Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s order to resume in-person classes as the pandemic continues to spread in the city.

New Mexico educators: Form rank-and-file safety committees to close schools and save lives!

By Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 3 February 2021

We call on teachers, school workers, parents and their families in New Mexico to build committees in their districts and unite with us to defend the lives, livelihoods, and rights of educators, students and communities.

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3 February 2021

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee members discuss: Are schools safe?

By Helen Clarke and Tania Kent, 3 February 2021

Helen Clarke is a member of the UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee and a primary school teacher. She has been researching deaths of educators from COVID-19 in the face of official concealment and obstruction. She submitted the article published below to the Committee, which is responded to by its secretary Tania Kent.

What the science really says: Closing schools is vital to containing COVID-19

By Andre Damon, 3 February 2021

As over 10,000 Chicago teachers and staff are engaged in a struggle to oppose the city’s effort to reopen public schools, the entire US media is waging a campaign to pressure educators to resume in-person schooling.

Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meets as Democrats push to restart in-person classes in Chicago and other cities

Sandy English, 3 February 2021

The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee in the US met on Saturday during an aggressive push by the Biden administration and local Democratic governors and mayors to open schools in Chicago and other cities as the pandemic enters a new and more deadly stage.

Nine-year-old schoolboy dies from COVID-19 in Texas

Andy Winter and Chase Lawrence, 3 February 2021

His parents fear that he acquired the virus while at school, which he had attended the previous Friday, just four days prior to his death.

Washington D.C. files restraining order to prevent teachers’ strike and reopen schools

By Harvey Simpkins, 3 February 2021

The legal move to forestall strike action arises in the midst of growing resistance by educators nationwide, most notably in Chicago, involving a direct confrontation with the Democratic Party and the state.

“We need to band together and say, ‘No’ to brick-and-mortar schooling”

Educators and other workers across US express support for Chicago teachers

Our reporters, 2 February 2021

Educators across the US, as well as autoworkers in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan expressed their support for the courageous stand taken by Chicago educators.

Defend Boğaziçi University students against police state repression!

Sosyalist Eşitlik, 2 February 2021

The Socialist Equality Group in Turkey condemns the police attacks and detention of more than 150 students yesterday at Boğaziçi University and in İzmir.

Chicago educators call for strike as district continues threats

By Evan Blake, 2 February 2021

There is growing support for strike action as Mayor Lori Lightfoot, with the backing of the Biden administration, prepares to retaliate against educators if the Chicago Teachers Union fails to get them back in schools.

New York Times weaponizes youth suicides to push for school reopenings

By Dominic Gustavo, 2 February 2021

The corporate press in the US is cynically utilizing the mental health catastrophe among youth to promote the ruling class policy of school reopenings.

Washington D.C. public schools begin in-person instruction as Virginia teachers resist return

By Nick Barrickman, 2 February 2021

The decision to force teachers back into unsafe classrooms comes after an arbitration panel ruled against a union effort to delay reopening.

The media falsely claims schools are safe: What the science actually says (Part two)

By Benjamin Mateus, 2 February 2021

The Democratic Party, the bourgeois press and the CDC are peddling pseudoscience as part of the campaign to force teachers back into the classrooms.

Chicago teachers take a stand to save lives over profits

By Evan Blake, 2 February 2021

The struggle unfolding in Chicago is of monumental significance and must become the spearhead of a broader movement of the entire working class in a nationwide political general strike, which would send shock waves throughout the world and provoke similar struggles globally.

Stop reopening of schools in São Paulo and throughout Brazil!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Group in Brazil, 2 February 2021

A powerful wave of opposition to the homicidal policy of the ruling class is growing among Brazilian educators, with strikes being called in different parts of the country.

Chicago educators call for a strike as district threatens lockout

By Evan Blake, 1 February 2021

In defying the dictates of the Chicago Democratic Party political machine, educators are giving voice to the strivings of millions of workers across the US and globally to implement measures to contain the pandemic and save lives.

Educators call for a strike as Chicago mayor threatens to “take action” against teachers who refuse to return to schools

By Evan Blake, 1 February 2021

In defying the dictates of the Chicago Democratic Party political machine, educators are giving voice to the strivings of millions of workers across the US and globally to implement measures to contain the pandemic and save lives.

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1 February 2021

15,000 students involved in rent strikes in 55 UK universities

By Ioan Petrescu, 1 February 2021

Facing mass opposition, universities and private student accommodation providers have offered a patchwork of rebates and single payments of varying sizes.

The media falsely claims schools are safe: What the science actually says (Part one)

By Benjamin Mateus, 31 January 2021

The Democratic Party, the bourgeois press and the CDC are peddling pseudo-science as part of the campaign to force teachers back into the classrooms.

Milwaukee school board approves plan to reopen schools

By Michael Walters, 31 January 2021

Under the dangerous proposal, 23,000 Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade students will return on April 12, 32,000 3rd through 8th graders on April 19, and 19,000 high school students will return on April 26.

Unite with educators in Chicago and across the US! Close all schools and nonessential workplaces!

Pennsylvania educators oppose statewide reopening of K-8 schools

Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 30 January 2021

Toothless state recommendations over school reopenings are being swept away under Pennsylvania’s Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, as districts are told to return K-8 students to face-to-face learning in line with the Biden plan.

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30 January 2021

NPA calls to reopen French universities as COVID-19 deaths mount

By Samuel Tissot and Alex Lantier, 30 January 2021

As deaths mount, the petty-bourgeois New Anti-capitalist Party is aligning itself on the murderous “herd immunity” policy of President Emmanuel Macron.

999 Rebuttal of latest CDC reports justifying reopening of schools

30 January 2021

Negotiations stall in Chicago amid nationwide campaign to open schools

By Kristina Betinis, 30 January 2021

Every effort is being made by the political and media establishment to vilify Chicago educators and wear down their opposition, to pave the way for profit-driven school reopenings at the most dangerous stage of the pandemic.

Montgomery, Alabama school district reneges on pledge to switch to remote learning

By Shelley Connor, 29 January 2021

Quickly wiping away their crocodile tears for deceased educators, the Montgomery Public Schools administration has quickly backpedaled on their pledge to allow teachers to work from home.

Staff at Toronto school walk off the job due to COVID-19 safety concerns

By Alexandra Greene, 29 January 2021

Many of the special needs students the school staff work with have compromised immune systems.

Reopening of Boston colleges threatens escalation of COVID-19 crisis

By Andrew Timon, 29 January 2021

Despite record numbers of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, Boston colleges are recklessly pushing to open universities at even higher capacities than during the fall semester.

Chicago teachers struggle at a crossroads

By Alexander Fangmann, 29 January 2021

The fight by Chicago educators to prevent the reopening of schools has become the focal point of the class struggle in the United States, with every other major district in the country looking to the city to set a precedent.

999 French pseudo-left hold demonstration for reopening of universities

29 January 2021

Australian university cuts to jobs and courses to intensify in 2021

By Mike Head, 29 January 2021

While facing huge revenue losses, university managements are also exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to bring forward restructuring plans.

Johnson plans end of UK lockdown, with terrible loss of life

By Thomas Scripps, 29 January 2021

Scientific studies prove that opening schools significantly increases rates of infection, meaning the pandemic will be pushed into a new period of exponential growth with tens of thousands more deaths.

999 Rebuttal of latest CDC reports justifying reopening of schools

29 January 2021

Chicago teachers lead resistance to Biden’s school reopening plan as pandemic enters deadlier phase

By Jerry White, 28 January 2021

Chicago educators are in the forefront of the resistance of educators across the US to the campaign by the Biden administration and the corporate media to reopen schools.

999 Alabama teacher update

28 January 2021

Network meeting of action committees for safe education discusses Europe-wide school strike

By Our reporters, 28 January 2021

The online meeting in Germany adopted a powerful resolution against the return to workplaces, schools and day-care centres under conditions of a widening pandemic.

For a European-wide strike against school openings!

Network of Action Committees for Safe Education, 28 January 2021

This statement was adopted by a meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education.

“We were just the test animals”

Victimized Chicago teacher speaks out against deadly school reopening

By Michael Walters, 28 January 2021

When Chicago Public Schools demanded Chicago teachers return to teach in unsafe pandemic conditions, hundreds refused and the district retaliated by locking more than 150 educators out.

The Chicago teachers’ rebellion and the fight to contain the pandemic

By Evan Blake, 27 January 2021

Acutely aware of the militancy among educators, the corporate media and political establishment are engaged in a frenzied propaganda campaign to vilify teachers and distort science.

New COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 identified at the University of Michigan

By Jesse Thomas, 27 January 2021

Five of six cases of the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, identified in Washtenaw County, Michigan, have been associated with the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (UMich) campus.

999 Alabama teachers

27 January 2021

Chicago educators to remain teaching remotely on Wednesday

By Alexander Fangmann, 27 January 2021

Overwhelming opposition to reopening schools among educators and other workers leads Chicago mayor to back off from threats of retaliation.

French government determined to keep schools open as virus spreads

By Samuel Tissot, 27 January 2021

Despite over new 1,000 admissions to ICU beds in the last 48 hours, the French education minister doubled down on lies to justify keeping schools open.

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27 January 2021

A revealing episode

Chicago teacher opposing return to school maligned for citing anti-Nazi poem

By Kristina Betinis, 27 January 2021

The Chicago Teachers Union’s support for the Anti-Defamation League’s specious attack on high school teacher Stu Abram highlights the CTU’s complicity in the reopening of schools, and its downplaying both the severity of the pandemic and the danger of the far right.

Oppose the unsafe reopening of colleges and universities!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 26 January 2021

The reopening of schools amid a raging pandemic is a criminal act that will only add to the already horrific toll of death from the coronavirus.

US educators confront Democrats and the unions in battle to close schools and save lives

By Evan Blake, 26 January 2021

Biden is aggressively pursuing school reopenings in coordination with Democratic politicians and the teachers unions, as opposition among rank-and-file educators mounts to this homicidal policy.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee discusses school reopenings and lessons of Trump’s attempted coup

By our reporter, 26 January 2021

UK Educators Rank-and-File Committee passes resolution in support of US Covid whistleblower Rebekah Jones

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26 January 2021

Montgomery, Alabama schools announce a switch to full-virtual learning following teacher sickout

By Emma Arceneaux, 26 January 2021

Growing actions by teachers and parents, including the formation of an independent safety committee by rank-and-file educators and sickouts Monday, forced the school board to announce the suspension of in-school instruction.

Millions of Brazilian students refuse to take exam amid rising opposition to back to school campaign

By Eduardo Parati, 26 January 2021

The unprecedented mass absence from one of Brazil’s most important national yearly exams is a statement of opposition to the government’s herd immunity policy and the reopening of schools.

999 Oppose unsafe reopening of colleges, IYSSE

25 January 2021

MIT faculty defend professor against trumped-up charges related to China ties

By Mike Ingram, 25 January 2021

A letter signed by 100 faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology calls for the defense of Professor Gang Chen, whom the US government is prosecuting on charges of wire fraud and tax violations as part of its witchhunt against academics who collaborate with Chinese institutions.

Overwhelming opposition among Chicago educators to deadly school reopenings

By Alexander Fangmann, 25 January 2021

After teachers overwhelmingly approved a union resolution to continue teaching remotely, CPS CEO Janice Jackson announced the return of K-8 educators would be delayed to Wednesday.

Chicago schools chief threatens to lock out teachers who don’t return to school buildings Monday

By George Gallanis, 23 January 2021

The Lightfoot administration has indicated it will treat teachers following through with a union resolution to continue teaching remotely as engaging in an illegal strike, even as she and Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker push to open restaurants and businesses.

Southern California school districts plan reopenings despite dire spread of COVID-19

By Melody Isley, 23 January 2021

In the past two weeks, COVID-19 deaths have increased by 82 percent throughout California as the virus continues to spread unabated. Despite the surge, multiple Southern California school districts plan to reopen in the coming weeks.

Alabama teachers speak out as four more teachers die of COVID-19 this week

By Shelley Connor, 23 January 2021

The staggering impact of these educators’ deaths upon staff and students is incalculable, and there have been numerous heartfelt tributes made by community members in Montgomery.

Government statistics reveal vast scale of UK school teacher and staff COVID-19 infections

By Tania Kent, 23 January 2021

The statistics are a devastating indictment of the Conservative government’s policy of forcing schools to stay open, supported by the Labour Party and the trade unions.

Texas educators call for full investigation of fascistic coup plotters!

Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 23 January 2021

Our committee calls for the fullest investigation into the high-level connections between Texas Republicans, the Trump administration, and the far-right and fascistic groups that coordinated the January 6 coup attempt in Washington, DC.

Chicago Public Schools brands collective action to stop in-person learning “illegal”

By Michael Walters, 22 January 2021

The district’s top human resources official issued a highly provocative letter threatening Chicago educators that any “collective failure” to return for in-person instruction “constitutes an illegal strike.”

Baltimore City Schools announces wide reopening of schools in mid-February

By Harvey Simpkins, 22 January 2021

The move has the support of the city’s Democratic Mayor Brandon Scott, making Baltimore the latest Democratic-led city or state to aggressively reopen schools as the pandemic rages out of control.

999 TX Educators R&F statement calling for investigation into Texan coup plotters

22 January 2021

The science of the pandemic supports teachers’ concerns over the dangers of school reopening, Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 21 January 2021

Science validates teachers’ concerns that in-person education during the pandemic is a dangerous proposition. This article reviews some of the more recent scientific findings.

Despite outbreaks at 373 New York City schools, Democrats and unions conspire to keep the district open

By Sandy English, 21 January 2021

Since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unilaterally reopened schools in early December with the support of the teachers union, statewide daily new cases have reached their worst point since the start of the pandemic.

Boston Teachers Union agrees to return to in-person classes for thousands of students

By Julian James, 21 January 2021

The agreement was reached a day before the BTU took part in last week’s phony “Day of Resistance” protest aimed at appealing to Biden and the Democratic Party.

Chicago educators form independent rank-and-file committee to fight school reopenings

Close schools and nonessential production until the pandemic is contained! Full income protection to all!

Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021

We call on all educators and support staff, and workers from all industries, to join and help build our committee in your school or workplace, independently of both big-business parties and their backers in the CTU and other unions.

Tennessee educators and parents call for fully funded remote learning to contain the pandemic

By Tennessee Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021

In opposition to Governor Bill Lee’s scheme to pressure schools to reopen, we call for the immediate closure of all schools and for the provision of ample resources to provide high quality remote learning to all students.

New York City educators call for unified struggle with striking Hunts Point market workers!

New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021

Our brothers and sisters at Hunts Point have taken a courageous stand for the rights of workers everywhere, and we call on them to form their own rank-and-file committee independent of the Teamsters to carry forward their struggle.

Chicago Teachers Union postures with “strike” vote as schools continue in-person learning

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 January 2021

In response to overwhelming anger from teachers and parents over the continued drive to reopen schools and businesses in the city, the union’s House of Delegates is calling an emergency meeting Wednesday.

Alabama educators launch rank-and-file safety committee to close schools and save lives!

Alabama Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 January 2021

We call on all educators and support staff, and workers from all industries, to join and help build our committee in your school or workplace, independently of both big-business parties and their backers in the unions.

999 Boston schools reopening facilitated by union

20 January 2021

999 Chicago Educators R&F Committee founding statement

20 January 2021

The science of the pandemic supports teachers’ concerns over the dangers of school reopening—Part one

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 January 2021

Science validates teachers’ concerns that in-person education during the pandemic is a dangerous proposition. This article reviews some of the more recent scientific findings.

School worker deaths mount in Florida as virus spreads without restraint

By Alex Johnson, 20 January 2021

Two public school workers from Florida died earlier this month after contracting COVID-19 under conditions of an unmitigated spread of the virus in school districts statewide.

Local reports of COVID-19 deaths in UK schools confirm concealed impact of pandemic

By Harvey Thompson, 19 January 2021

Prior to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s January 4 lockdown announcement, the government had even threatened legal action against those schools intending to close due to high infection rates.

999 Tennessee Educators R&F statement

19 January 2021

999 Boston schools reopening facilitated by union

19 January 2021

999 Chicago schools update or r/f statement

19 January 2021

Educators and workers across the US denounce arrest of whistleblower Rebekah Jones

By Matthew MacEgan, 19 January 2021

Jones, who faces persecution in response to her efforts to expose the spread of the pandemic in Florida and in K-12 schools across the US, was released on bond after turning herself in to Florida police.