Education

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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20 January 2021

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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.

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19 January 2021

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19 January 2021

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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.

School nurses return to campuses as United Teachers Los Angeles covers for Democrats

By Tadakatsu Čapek, 18 January 2021

Two years after betraying the strike by 33,000 teachers, the United Teachers Los Angeles is collaborating with state and local Democrats to reopen schools in the epicenter of the world pandemic.

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18 January 2021

Canadian educators must mount a political struggle to oppose school reopenings and save lives

By Omar Ali, 18 January 2021

Whatever the specific timetables of the various provincial governments, they are all determined to force educators, students, and support staff back into unsafe school buildings as the COVID-19 pandemic surges.

Ontario teacher denounces unions’ “feckless response” to government’s ruinous handling of the pandemic

By A letter from an Ontario teacher, 18 January 2021

“What is emerging among educators not just in Ontario or Canada, but throughout the world is the realization that educators must rely on our biggest asset and resource—that is ourselves!”

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18 January 2021

Network Meeting of the Action Committees for Safe Education: Pupils, workers and students discuss perspectives for a European-wide general strike

By Our reporters, 16 January 2021

In introducing the meeting, Gregor Link of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality referred to the now almost 400,000 confirmed COVID deaths in the European Union.

Teachers and parents speak out on deadly reopening of Chicago Public Schools

By Our reporters, 15 January 2021

There is growing opposition throughout Chicago to the city’s Democratic leaders aggressive push to reopen schools, bars and restaurants as COVID-19 infections are ripping through schools and other workplaces.

Sri Lankan education safety committee holds well-attended online meeting

By Our correspondents, 15 January 2021

Participants discussed the need to build a network of education action committees to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

Chicago Teachers Union accepts further reopenings as virus outbreaks erupt in schools

By Alexander Fangmann, 15 January 2021

A potential cluster of infections has emerged at McCutcheon Elementary on the city’s North Side, leaving just one educator in the building, while the CTU works to isolate teachers and prevent them from taking any independent initiative.

Biden’s top economic advisor demands that “schools open” so parents “can get back to work”

By Bryan Dyne, 15 January 2021

Such efforts will only spur the pandemic to ever greater heights of death in a country where there are already more than 3,400 newly reported deaths each day.

Poorest UK schoolchildren sent meagre pandemic food parcels, as contractors reap massive profits

By Robert Stevens, 14 January 2021

Many expressed disgust and denounced the profiteering from poverty during the school closures necessitated by the pandemic

Australia: Regional high school teachers walk out over understaffing and unbearable workloads

By Kaye Tucker, 14 January 2021

The stoppage is the latest indication of growing opposition to the program of school amalgamations being enforced by the New South Wales Liberal government, with the assistance of Labor and the unions.

New data shows that nearly 1400 kids in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have caught COVID-19

By James Vega, Debra Watson and Eboni Davis, 14 January 2021

Since mid-October more than 13,500 people in the U.P. contracted the virus, a three-fold increase since the pandemic began in March.

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14 January 2021

DSA-aligned teachers unions’ “Day of Resistance”: a pathetic appeal to Biden and the Democrats

By Evan Blake, 14 January 2021

Tuesday’s event, organized by an umbrella group of teacher unions led by pseudo-left officials, was a political stunt aimed at channeling opposition to in-person instruction behind dead-end appeals to the Democratic Party.

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13 January 2021

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns of packed schools amid an escalating pandemic and third lockdown

By Our reporter, 13 January 2021

The first Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meeting of this year met after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown, after being faced with the threat of mass walkouts and boycotts by educators and parents that could spread to other sections of workers.

Chicago teachers docked pay and locked out of virtual classrooms for not teaching in-person

By Alexander Fangmann, 13 January 2021

As district officials continue to peddle lies about the safety of reopening schools, CTU is negotiating over a reopening plan that would split the working class and undermine the struggle to close non-essential workplaces until mass vaccination is carried out.

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12 January 2021

Report documents education inequality in Australia

By Carolyn Kennett, 12 January 2021

The data points to the long-term impacts on young people of a two-tiered system of education that perpetuates inequality.

Massive protest in Berlin against plans to reopen schools

By Markus Salzmann, 12 January 2021

Despite widespread opposition and clear scientific evidence that schools are a major driver of the pandemic, the Berlin state legislature of the Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party is sticking to the herd immunity policy in the interests of big business.

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12 January 2021

Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee in US holds first national meeting of 2021

Matthew MacEgan, 11 January 2021

The first ERFSC meeting of 2021 was attended by over 150 educators and other workers from across the US and around the globe.

West Virginia schools slated to return to in-person instruction next week

By Naomi Spencer, 11 January 2021

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has ordered elementary and middle schools to reopen for daily in-person instruction beginning January 19, even as infections and deaths surge.

German schools and day-care centres to reopen despite record death rates and new infections

By Gregor Link, 11 January 2021

Despite schools being the central driver of the pandemic, the education ministers in Germany’s federal states have decided on a “resumption of face-to-face teaching” as soon as possible.

As students return to Chicago schools, educators face battle against Democrats and the CTU

By Alexander Fangmann, 11 January 2021

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and school officials continue to press bringing children back into classrooms on Monday in the face of widespread opposition among parents, teachers and other educators.

Texas educators oppose Trump’s fascist coup and the drive to reopen schools

Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 9 January 2021

We are fighting to unify the working class across Texas and throughout the region to close all schools and nonessential businesses and oppose the fascistic conspiracies of Trump.

Tennessee Education Association estimates more than 16,000 Tennessee educators have had COVID-19

By Harvey Simpkins, 9 January 2021

In response to a recent survey conducted by the Tennessee Educators Association over 84 percent of educators reported a negative “emotional impact” from working in public education during the pandemic.

School districts across the US push to reopen as COVID-19 infections and death soar

By Emma Arceneaux, 8 January 2021

With the surge of infections overwhelming health systems across the country, state and local governments led by both Democrats and Republicans continue to restart in-person schooling.

Arts, humanities are first on the chopping block as US state governments face deficits

By Andrew Timon, 8 January 2021

These cuts are just the first expression of what is to come if there is no organized opposition in defense of education and particularly the arts and humanities.

Shippensburg faculty member demands action to save jobs and university education for working-class students

By Douglas Lyons, 8 January 2021

Layoffs, the closing of schools, and academic cuts are being pushed by the new chancellor at Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

“It’s going to take the working class to stop them”

Workers denounce Trump’s coup

By our reporters, 8 January 2021

Autoworkers, teachers, retirees and other sections of the working class reacted with outrage as fascist supporters of President Trump stormed the US Capitol Wednesday afternoon, forcibly disrupting the certification of Biden’s presidential victory.

German teachers’ union backs in-person learning as COVID-19 deaths soar

By Martin Nowak and Christoph Vandreier, 7 January 2021

In enforcing their inhumane pandemic policies, the federal and state governments, consisting of a broad range of political coalitions, can rely on the close cooperation of Germany’s trade unions.

California governor pressures schools to reopen as health care system nears collapse

By Dan Conway, 7 January 2021

As COVID-19 cases and deaths break records, California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state will provide cash-strapped districts with extra funding if they resume unsafe in-person learning.

COVID-19 deaths surge amid record new cases as Britain enters lockdown

By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2021

At a Downing Street press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to acknowledge that more than 1.1 million people now had the virus in England.

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6 January 2021

Chicago Teachers Union leader partied in Puerto Rico as teachers were herded back into schools

By Kristina Betinis and Jerry White, 6 January 2021

The incident exposed the class gulf between the union and rank-and-file educators, who are fighting to protect their lives as the Democratic Lightfoot administration forces a return to dangerous schools.

Brazilian state governments push to reopen schools as COVID-19 deaths approach 200,000

By Gabriel Lemos, 5 January 2021

Brazil’s ruling elite is declaring education an essential service in order to reopen schools, even as the pandemic spirals out of control.

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5 January 2021

Hundreds of Arizona teachers stage sickouts to prevent in-person learning as cases skyrocket

By Renae Cassimeda, 5 January 2021

At least 750 Phoenix-area teachers are expected to participate in sickouts Tuesday in opposition to schools reopening to in-person instruction this week amid record surges in COVID-19 cases throughout Arizona.

Chicago schools press ahead with reopening despite wide opposition among teachers and parents

By Alexander Fangmann, 5 January 2021

Even though only 23 percent of families opted to return their students to in-person schooling, the district has maintained its aggressive push to bring educators and children back into classrooms.

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5 January 2021

Beloved El Paso, Texas teacher dies from COVID-19 as Governor presses schools to reopen

By Tony Jackson, 5 January 2021

The reopening of schools across Texas, enforced by Republican Governor Greg Abbott has been a major factor behind the surge of the pandemic in El Paso and throughout the state since August.

Sri Lanka webinar: Education safety committee to discuss the fight against unsafe school reopenings

By Safety Committee of Teachers and Students and Parents (Sri Lanka), 4 January 2021

Urgent action must be taken to save lives, and secure the right to education, against the Rajapakse government’s hazardous return-to-work policies.

With 4,500 deaths in just eight days and nearly 400,000 new Covid cases

UK teaching unions call for no work in “unsafe schools” as opposition among educators mounts

By Robert Stevens, 4 January 2021

Schools have been a major vector for the spread of COVID-19, worsened by a new and more contagious variant of the disease.