By Steve James and Dermot Quinn, 9 November 2020
Schools in the Republic of Ireland reopened last week after a two-week break, despite secondary teachers voting for strike action against dangerous working conditions if COVID-19 related safety measures were not put in place by October 30.
By Chase Lawrence, 9 November 2020
The underfunded and chaotic implementation of online learning is being used to force students back into unsafe classrooms.
SUNY Cortland suspends in-person classes for rest of semester after seeing continued rise of COVID-19 cases
By Alex Findijs, 7 November 2020
The university in central New York has recorded 604 COVID-19 cases since the semester began. The decision to suspend in-person classes is an admission that it was never safe to return students to campus.
7 November 2020
“We have the power to save ourselves and our students”
By Samuel Davidson, 7 November 2020
The WSWS spoke with a teacher and mother of two who works in Reading, Pennsylvania, about the political situation and her thoughts on the reopening of schools in the Democrat-led state.
By Henry Lee, 7 November 2020
The protest on Thursday evening was a response to the fencing-in of students, seen as the last straw by residents fed up with the contemptuous and authoritarian treatment they have faced from university authorities.
In face of rising coronavirus infections, teachers, students, and parents express support for European-wide school strike
By Gregor Link, 7 November 2020
From a scientific standpoint, it has long been shown that schools and kindergartens are breeding grounds for the coronavirus.
By Nancy Hanover, 7 November 2020
As states and districts controlled by both Democrats and Republicans demand schools reopen for face-to-face instruction, tens of thousands of education workers have attempted to secure workplace accommodations or all-remote work, citing protections ostensibly guaranteed by the law.
By Zac Corrigan, 6 November 2020
As the disease spreads rapidly through schools in every part of the state, Democrats plow ahead with the deadly return to in-person learning.
By Will Morrow, 6 November 2020
Teachers across France are continuing to organise strike action at local school meetings as they face catastrophic conditions.
“They are messing with a sleeping giant”
By Emma Arceneaux, 6 November 2020
The WSWS spoke to a middle school teacher who participated in last month’s protest by 165 Montgomery, Alabama, teachers against unsafe working conditions.
UK teachers, students and parents across England support strike action to close schools, welcome French teacher strikes
By Tania Kent, 6 November 2020
The UK’s lockdown vote took place on the deadliest day for the virus in the country since May, with 492 COVID-19 deaths reported. This was the highest fatality rate per capita of any country in the world that day.
By Usman Khan, 5 November 2020
The young student died in her dorm room while in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 and being sent home from the hospital.
“Zero was never a realistic expectation”
By Benjamin Mateus, 5 November 2020
The official bourgeois academics and health experts, as evidenced by the likes of Emily Oster, Ashish Jha and Scott Atlas, place the profit interests of the ruling class above the safety and lives of the working class.
By Gregor Link, 5 November 2020
As new COVID-19 cases explode due to the German government’s deliberate policy of mass infection, strong opposition to keeping schools open is growing.
By Genevieve Leigh, 4 November 2020
More than 61,000 children in the US were diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, more than in any other week during the pandemic.
By Alberto Escalera, 4 November 2020
The further evisceration of state and local budgets for education will have a devastating impact on education workers and public school students alike.
Jennifer Jones calls for united action in parents strike: “Are things serious enough for a mass walk out? How serious does it need to get?”
By our reporter, 4 November 2020
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Boycott Return to Unsafe Schools leader Jennifer Jones about the parents strike they have called for this Thursday.
By Roger Jordan, 4 November 2020
Acting at the behest of Ontario’s Conservative government, school authorities have rejected out of hand teachers’ demand for the school’s closure or additional safety measures.
By Will Morrow, 4 November 2020
Yesterday, French riot police tear gassed and broke up protests by high school students calling for the closure of their schools to halt the spread of the pandemic.
By Barış Demir, 4 November 2020
President Erdoğan’s government insists on continuing its back-to-work, back-to-school policy as thousands fall ill and deaths mount.
By Laura Tiernan, 4 November 2020
The parents’ strike poses the need for a coordinated network of rank-and-file committees linking parents with teachers, students and broader sections of the working class to defeat the Johnson government’s “herd immunity” agenda.
By Alex Lantier, 3 November 2020
European governments’ pretensions to have handled the pandemic more intelligently than the Trump administration have been exposed as a cynical and deadly fraud.
By Genevieve Leigh, 3 November 2020
The sudden and tragic death of such a young child has sent shockwaves through the community and across the US.
By Elliott Murtagh, 3 November 2020
The New York City university’s recent layoffs have created outrage and opposition among students, faculty, and staff looking to push back.
By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2020
The NEU itself envisages only a temporary closure of schools, calling for “rotas to be introduced at the end of the lockdown period.”
By Nick Barrickman, 3 November 2020
The halt to reopening comes after 93 percent of Washington D.C. Public School teachers declared a vote of “no confidence” in the Democratic Party-controlled city’s school reopening plan.
By Will Morrow, 3 November 2020
Government policy means that schools will act as vectors for the transmission of the virus, countless children will become infected, and will infect family and friends.
Brookline, Massachusetts educators begin sickout strike as state officials push to keep schools open
By Andrew Timon and Kate Randall, 3 November 2020
The governor and Massachusetts school officials have placed a premium on opening schools despite the dangerous spike in coronavirus infections.
UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meets as Johnson declares schools and campuses will remain open
By Margot Miller, 3 November 2020
Speaking at the meeting, Gregor Link explained, “The urgent political fight for safe education and life is bound up with the struggle for socialism.”
By Genevieve Leigh, 2 November 2020
Young people looking for answers to all of the pressing questions of today are coming to find that there is no greater resource than the WSWS.
By James Martin, 2 November 2020
School custodian Greg Petersen became ill as schools reopen and teacher opposition grows to the spread of the deadly virus.
“The WSWS has not only commented on the struggles of the working class it has been an active participant in them”
By Jerry White, 2 November 2020
In the vast archive of the WSWS, the working class will find the most critical lessons from the history of the global class struggle and an international socialist perspective needed to conduct its fight against world capitalism today.
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 31 October 2020
If non-essential businesses, schools, and day-care centres are not immediately closed, the overloading of health care systems and the premature death of millions of people is inevitable.
“You are going to have students, employees and the community getting sick and possibly dying.”
By Samuel Davidson, 30 October 2020
Educators in the Philadelphia region are speaking out against plans to resume in-person teaching early next month.
By Tania Kent and Tom Pearce, 30 October 2020
The insincere posturing of the education unions, including their polite letter to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and their call for part-time rotas in areas under Tier 2 and Tier 3 lockdowns, are aimed at stemming widespread anger among teachers to their rotten capitulations to the Johnson government.
San Diego Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 30 October 2020
The public must be granted access to proper data and information so that individuals can make informed decisions on their health, and to ensure the proper protection of themselves and their families.
By Our reporters, 29 October 2020
While COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Tennessee, educators are left with little resources and a deliberate lack of information about outbreaks at their schools.
By Gabriela Zabala, 29 October 2020
The NTEU claims to have been unaware of the level of exploitation and underpayment, especially of casuals.
By Alberto Escalera, 28 October 2020
This week, the New York City Department of Education announced that only 26 percent of its 1.1 million students are attending classes in school buildings, underscoring the massive opposition of parents and students to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s school reopening plan.
UK teacher describes disastrous lack of safety at reopened schools: “Teachers are at high risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19”
By Our reporter, 28 October 2020
Lucia tried to share a petition calling for PPE for teachers, with 200,000 signatures, with national media organisations but was ignored, including by the pseudo-left Socialist Workers Party.
By Samuel Tissot, 27 October 2020
The reopening of in-person education has been a central element of the murderous, anti-scientific policy of “herd immunity” overseen by the French government.
By Zac Corrigan, 27 October 2020
Altogether, there are now 99 total ongoing outbreaks that have led to 482 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and staff throughout Michigan.
“I would love to see a national strike.”
By Chase Lawrence, 26 October 2020
In interviews with the WSWS, teachers denounced the return to in-person instruction and spoke in favor of building independent rank-and-file safety committees to halt in-person instruction.
By Patrick Kelly, 26 October 2020
The infection clusters underscore the dangers of reopening schools amid continued community transmission of COVID-19.
Ontario’s reckless reopening of workplaces and schools producing disastrous conditions in child care facilities
By Omar Ali, 26 October 2020
At big business’ behest, governments across Canada and of every political stripe have starved child care of public funds for decades.
By Our correspondent, 24 October 2020
Held amid a COVID-19 lockdown, the meeting reflected the growing radicalisation among youth and students.
“The forming of rank-and-file committees in schools is so important as the voices of teachers, students, carers, administration and many others are being ignored”
By Our reporter, 24 October 2020
Colin spoke to the WSWS after participating in a recent meeting of the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee in the UK.
By Michael Walters, 24 October 2020
The plan to shift from online learning to a daily in-person schedule was announced as Illinois’ seven-day average COVID-19 testing positivity rate surpassed five percent for the first time since early June.
By Our reporter, 23 October 2020
“Achieving herd immunity properly means protecting people through vaccination. It has never been shown that herd immunity can be achieved by allowing people to catch a virus and die.”
By Chase Lawrence and Evan Blake, 23 October 2020
The drive by Texas Democrats to reopen Houston schools coincides with the platform of the Biden-Harris campaign, which fraudulently claim that this can be done “safely” while the pandemic spirals out of control.
Marcus Rashford’s fight against child poverty exposes Labour and trade unions’ partnership with Johnson government
By Barry Mason and Robert Stevens, 22 October 2020
Marcus Rashford has more fight in his little toe than the entire Labour and trade union bureaucracy.
By Emma Arceneaux, 22 October 2020
The push to reopen the largest district in the state, and seventh-largest in the country, takes place as the coronavirus pandemic is raging in Texas, which has over 881,000 confirmed cases and 17,646 deaths, the second highest numbers in the country.
Washtenaw County issues stay-at-home order at University of Michigan campus in the wake of campus COVID outbreak
By Jesse Thomas, 21 October 2020
The rise in cases at the University of Michigan follows the shutdown of the graduate student strike last month, which was waged in opposition to the university’s unsafe reopening policy.
By Cole Michaels, 21 October 2020
As in the Midwest more generally, Missouri hit another record level number of COVID-19 infections over the last week, driven by the White House’s “herd immunity” policy.
By Harvey Simpkins, 21 October 2020
The push to reopen Democrat-controlled districts throughout the region is part of a nationwide trend that has been spearheaded in New York City, the largest district in the US.
Northern Virginia Community College faculty and staff speak out about loss of work due to budget crisis
By Dominic Gustavo and Nick Barrickman, 21 October 2020
Professors and student workers in the Virginia Community College System spoke to the IYSSE about their loss of work related to the pandemic
By Tom Hall, 21 October 2020
A recent article in Jacobin magazine makes it clear the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is trying to prevent educators from drawing the necessary conclusion that the fight against unsafe school openings must be organized independently of and in opposition to the unions and the Democratic Party.
Buenos Aires health care workers stage protest
20 October 2020
Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Alex Findijs, 20 October 2020
Cortland has already been in a two-week pause after recording more than 100 cases of COVID-19 in a two-week period. School plans to reopen were foiled after a major outbreak days before the end of the temporary pause
“COVID is like an active shooter in the building”
By Sandy English, 20 October 2020
Three teachers from different parts of New York state spoke with the WSWS about the spread of infections, the stress on teachers and students and indifference of state and local officials.
By Jerry White and Evan Blake, 20 October 2020
While the Democrats publicly decry President Trump’s blatant indifference to the spread of the virus, in practice they are carrying out the same murderous policy of opening schools amid the raging pandemic.
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation facilitates reckless reopening of schools that puts teachers and students’ lives at risk
By Matthew Richter, 19 October 2020
While the teachers union has connived with the NDP provincial government to reopen schools, popular opposition is mounting. As of tomorrow, more than 800 parents across British Columbia plan to keep their kids at home to protest the unsafe conditions in the classrooms.
By Alex Johnson, 19 October 2020
The tragic October 9 death of 66-year old school bus driver Gail Brusseau in Florida has again exposed the homicidal campaign being waged against the working class.
By Our reporters, 19 October 2020
Fifty-three-year old Susan Keener, an educational assistant at Walter Hill Elementary School in Rutherford County, Tennessee, died after being placed on a ventilator due to the contraction of COVID-19 in August.
By Gregor Link, 19 October 2020
More and more workers and young people in Germany and Europe as a whole oppose the policy of herd immunity decreed by ruling circles, a policy that will result in the death of hundreds of thousands of people.
By Eduardo Parati and Gabriel Lemos, 17 October 2020
After reaching the grim milestone, state governments are following Bolsonaro’s homicidal back-to-school policies with the support of the unions.
By John Conrad, 16 October 2020
The decision to not immediately halt in-person classes and work at NYU amid a resurgence of the pandemic underscores the recklessness of the university administration.
San Diego Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 October 2020
Our committee answers directly to the interests of the working class, not to the major corporations, their political representatives in the Democratic and Republican parties, or the teachers unions which have facilitated school reopenings.
By Isaac Finn, 16 October 2020
The faculty union at YSU announced a shutdown of a three-day strike after an “understanding” was reached with the administration.
University of Michigan cafeteria workers oppose reopening of dining halls as coronavirus continues to spread on campus
By Jesse Thomas, 16 October 2020
In the weeks following the sellout of the graduate student strike, multiple COVID-19 clusters have been confirmed on campus, demonstrating the complete inadequacy of the university’s testing regime.
By Thomas Scripps, 16 October 2020
Williamson’s letter is the latest move in a five-year conspiracy of the Conservative government, the Labour Party, and Zionist organisations aimed at criminalising vast swathes of the political left.
By Melody Isley, 16 October 2020
The delay to school reopenings stems directly from the actions of rank-and-file educators and parents, who have organized car caravan protests and have been increasingly outspoken on social media.
By Jean Shaoul, 15 October 2020
The working class is manifesting its discontent with the situation in a resurgent wave of political radicalisation that had briefly abated after the onset of the pandemic.
By Clara Weiss, 14 October 2020
Schools have become the main vector for the second wave of the pandemic, with at least two teachers and one 20-year-old student dying over the past week alone.
By Emma Arceneaux, 14 October 2020
At least eight more educators across the US have died from COVID-19 in the past two weeks alone.
By Our reporter, 14 October 2020
Emma, a parent of primary school age children, said, “I could not agree more with all of you. How can anybody make schools safe? Even our primary school head said they couldn’t guarantee safety.
By Alex Johnson, 14 October 2020
Public schools in Florida are experiencing a dangerous growth of COVID-19 infections as the state government aggressively pursues in-class instruction in locations ravaged by the pandemic.
By Isaac Finn, 13 October 2020
Growing anger among YSU faculty has forced the union to launch a strike, which they aim to end as quickly as possible on the university’s terms.
Tennessee Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 13 October 2020
Educators across Tennessee have launched this committee to unite with other sections of the working class against the unsafe reopening of schools and to halt the spread of the pandemic.
By James Clayton and Keith Jones, 12 October 2020
Anamie Paul, the candidate favoured by the Green Party establishment, narrowly prevailed over the “eco-socialist,” Palestinian-rights activist, and one-time Wall Street lawyer, Dimitri Lascaris.
By Chase Lawrence, 12 October 2020
Across the US, the location of coronavirus outbreaks in schools are being deliberately hidden from the public, in order to prevent teachers and parents from drawing the conclusion that face-to-face instruction should stop.
By Samuel Tissot, 12 October 2020
Despite a nominal commitment to limited measures to contain the virus, in reality French universities are allowing the virus to rapid spread amongst students, accelerating infections and deaths in the wider population.
By Renae Cassimeda, 12 October 2020
The mass layoffs come four months after an unprecedented 1.4 million education layoffs as a result of the pandemic, and are the tip of the iceberg with no federal aid on the horizon.
By E.P. Milligan, 10 October 2020
Northumbria University’s decision to move online prompted the University and College Union (UCU) leadership to call off strike action, while claiming a victory.
By Gregor Link, 10 October 2020
The ruling class knows that it is preparing a catastrophe with its ruthless policy of opening up the economy and its refusal to take serious measures to contain the virus.
Pennsylvania educators, bus drivers and school workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to put an end to in-person instruction
Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 October 2020
Educators across Pennsylvania have formed a new rank-and-file safety committee to mobilize the working class against the unsafe reopening of the commonwealth’s schools.
New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 October 2020
The withholding of $900 million in pay owed to NYC teachers from over ten years ago is a brazen act of blackmail and wage theft.
By Alex Findijs, 9 October 2020
After recording 101 positive cases of coronavirus in less than two weeks, SUNY Cortland became the third SUNY school to temporarily switch to online instruction for two weeks.
By Dan Conway, 9 October 2020
The Los Angeles Unified School District finished its trial phase of coronavirus testing and will begin implementing larger scale testing in preparation for a return to in-person learning as early as November.
By Jean Shaoul, 9 October 2020
The mass walkout is part of a broader wave of struggles by workers in recent months that have seen repeated actions by healthcare workers, municipal workers, bus drivers, teachers and workers in meat processing plants, steel works and warehouses.
By Stephan McCoy, 9 October 2020
Teachers are demanding that as frontline workers they should have regular testing, adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), and risk allowances before they are prepared to start work again.
Quebec educator urges teachers to build rank-and-file safety committees to oppose reckless school reopening
By our reporter, 8 October 2020
There is no longer any doubt that the reopening of schools in Quebec, as across Canada, is fueling the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Alex Findijs, 8 October 2020
With a $62 billion budget gap, some SUNY students have been charged full tuition and are unsure when their scholarship credits will be applied.
“They want the schools to remain open at all costs”
By Our reporters, 8 October 2020
While the state’s governor proclaims schools are safe, the teacher reveals how her school has been unable to contain the spread of the virus and the impact this has had on educators and students alike.
By Alberto Escalera, 8 October 2020
With anger increasing over the unsafe opening of the nation’s largest school system, Governor Andrew Cuomo is moving to close a limited number of schools in communities that have become COVID-19 hotspots.
Appalachian State University faculty and students demand action after death of healthy student from COVID-19
By Aaron Murch, 8 October 2020
Following the death of 19-year-old Chad Dorrill, students and professors have spoken out against the poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic by the university’s administration.
By Andrew Timon, 7 October 2020
Last Thursday marked the opening of public schools in Boston, Massachusetts, for in-person learning for high need students, despite rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the city and state.
By Emma Arceneaux, 7 October 2020
After receiving widespread complaints from teachers across East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, about the conditions in their schools, the teachers union organized a one-day “day of action” sickout strike on Monday in an effort to let off steam among educators.
By Isaac Finn, 7 October 2020
If the strike vote passes it would be the first strike called by the YSU-OEA in 15 years