Education in the US

Harvard University retaliates against striking graduate students

By Kate Randall, 7 December 2019

Several academic departments have informed graduate student teaching staff that they are responsible for reporting whether they are working, and that those who are striking should not expect to be paid.

United Teachers Los Angeles and National Nurses Union back Democratic candidate

Union sellouts endorse the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign

By Dan Conway and Matt Rigel, 6 December 2019

The United Teachers Los Angeles and the National Nurses Union have both endorsed Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Seattle schools propose race-centric “ethnomathematics” curriculum

By Kayla Costa and Nancy Hanover, 6 December 2019

The curriculum proposal for an Ethnic Studies-based math is part of a broader effort to inject identity politics into public schools.

Harvard University graduate student union begins strike over pay, conditions

By Kate Randall, 4 December 2019

The HGSU-UAW has made only token appeals to other sections of workers at Harvard to support the grad student workers’ strike and has offered substantial concessions to the university on virtually all issues.

Harvard University grad students set to strike over pay, grievance procedures, healthcare

By Kate Randall, 3 December 2019

Harvard officials’ hard line in relation to collective bargaining on grad students’ pay is in line with a recent NLRB proposal that would curb the establishment of graduate student unions at private universities.

Students walk out in support of Nashville teacher victimized for assigning homework on the “N-word”

By Trévon Austin, 27 November 2019

Steven Small was the subject of an anonymous complaint from a parent after he gave students an assignment discussing the 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Fences” and its use of the racial slur.

More than 15,000 Indiana teachers walk off job against low wages and attacks on public education

By George Marlowe, 20 November 2019

Indiana teachers confront conditions no less horrendous than their counterparts throughout the United States and internationally.

Chicago Teachers Unions pushes through austerity contract, paving way for school closures

By Kristina Betinis, 18 November 2019

The five-year contract, lauded by union and city leaders, threatens more school closures and continues the starvation of the country’s third-largest school district.

School closures threatened as Chicago teachers vote on widely-hated tentative agreement

By George Marlowe, 15 November 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey wrote a letter threatening school closures by Mayor Lightfoot as teachers vote on an agreement favored by Wall Street and widely opposed by new and veteran educators.

Two killed, three injured in Santa Clarita, California school shooting

By Dan Conway, 15 November 2019

The victims were aged 14 to 16 with the suspected shooter also admitted to the hospital with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Record low numbers participate in 24-hour stunt strike at University of California schools and health system

By Evelyn Rios, 15 November 2019

The dismal participation in the strike—with only 2 percent of the 25,000 workers taking part—is not a reflection of any lack of desire to fight, but of a vote of no confidence in the union.

Little Rock, Arkansas teachers stage one-day strike

By Nancy Hanover, 15 November 2019

In their first strike in 32 years, teachers in Little Rock, Arkansas, walked out to oppose privatization.

Union-backed Chicago Sun-Times attacks Chicago teachers

By Michael Walters and George Gallanis, 14 November 2019

The Sun-Times, co-owned by the Chicago Federation of Labor, published several articles smearing and attacking Chicago teachers for fighting for improved schools and wages.

100 UC strike

14 November 2019

University of California union attempts to wear down workers with a sixth 24-hour strike

By Evelyn Rios, 13 November 2019

The real concern of the union is the amount of dues revenue that will be lost if UC continues to employ outsourced labor.

230 Pseudo-left and Chicago teachers

11 November 2019

Vote “no” on the tentative teachers' contract! Form rank-and-file committees to defend public education in Chicago!

By Alexander Fangmann, 7 November 2019

With voting set to begin on the tentative agreement, teachers and other educators in Chicago are approaching a critical juncture in the fight to defend public education.

Chicago teachers denounce union’s sellout agreement as Bernie Sanders, Democrats claim “victory”

By George Marlowe, 5 November 2019

Despite the official celebration, the CTU’s tentative agreement for a five-year contract entirely accepts the terms set by Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s budget: Increased policing and austerity on behalf of the financial aristocracy

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 November 2019

Lightfoot’s first budget, containing large increases to the police department and higher fees affecting workers, is a continuation of the Democratic Party’s right-wing assault on the working class.

Chicago Teachers Union attempting to ram through tentative agreement over widespread opposition

By Kristina Betinis, 31 October 2019

The tentative agreement announced by the CTU Wednesday night betrays all the aspirations of the 24,000 teachers who have been on strike for ten days.

Oppose the betrayal of the Chicago teachers strike!

CTU moves to shut down strike without giving teachers right to vote on sellout contract

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 31 October 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union has announced it is shutting down the 11-day strike and sending teachers back to work tomorrow without giving them the right to vote on a new contract.

Chicago Teachers Union preparing the betrayal of teachers' strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 October 2019

The CTU is laying the groundwork for the betrayal of the ten-day strike of 25,000 public school teachers, the city's second-longest in over two decades.

Striking Chicago teachers and staff determined to defend public education

By a WSWS reporting team, 29 October 2019

WSWS reporters spoke with teachers picketing in Chicago on Monday who expressed their determination to defend public education and improve conditions in Chicago Public Schools.

Democrats, union leaders intensify pressure on striking Chicago teachers to accept austerity contract

By Kristina Betinis, 29 October 2019

In a rush to end the strike, CTU leaders offered to settle for additional school funding amounting to a fraction of a percent of the school district’s budget.

Right-wing politics in a “left” wrapper: Elizabeth Warren’s plan for education

By Nancy Hanover, 29 October 2019

Now hovering at the top of the field, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren continues her “left” populist appeal with her new education plan.

Chicago Teachers Union and Democratic Party conspire to end Chicago teachers strike

By George Gallanis and George Marlowe, 26 October 2019

The powerful strike by 32,000 Chicago teachers is in danger of being isolated and betrayed by the Chicago Teachers Union.

The way forward in the Chicago teachers strike

The defense of public education and the fight for socialism

By the Socialist Equality Party, 26 October 2019

The strike by 32,000 Chicago teachers and support staff, now in its second week, is at a crossroads.

Walkout enters seventh day

Striking Chicago teachers confront Democratic Party machine and union’s effort to isolate their struggle

By Kristina Betinis, 25 October 2019

City officials are demanding new cuts while the Chicago Teachers Union seeks to isolate the teachers’ struggle and prevent the active mobilization of mass support among workers and youth.

Teachers’ union calls on Elizabeth Warren in bid to strangle strike against Chicago’s Democratic machine

By Barry Grey, 23 October 2019

At Tuesday’s rally, AFT President Weingarten began by holding up the sellout of this year’s Los Angeles teachers’ strike as a victory and model for the Chicago teachers.

Striking Chicago educators speak on their demands

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 October 2019

Keyatta, a teacher’s assistant at Laura Ward Elementary said, “We need more support! Smaller class sizes, more nurses, more support staff, so no one person is trying to teach 35 kids, all at different learning levels."

Lightfoot administration ratchets up pressure on Chicago teachers to end the walkout

By Alexander Fangmann, 22 October 2019

Claiming there is “no more money,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot and schools CEO Janice Jackson issued a letter calling on the CTU to end the strike and return teachers to the classroom while talks continue.

More than 30,000 teachers and staff strike in Chicago, Illinois

By Kristina Betinis, 18 October 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union is working closely with Democratic Party politicians who control the city to shut down the strike as quickly as possible and impose an agreement that conforms to the city’s demands.

Teachers in rural Colorado strike over low pay

By William Frost, 18 October 2019

Educators in Park County, Colorado have walked out to demand living wages.

32,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff strike

By Kristina Betinis, 17 October 2019

Teachers must make an independent initiative to expand their struggle against the Democratic Party and its program of austerity and corporate-backed “school reform.”

Chicago teachers expected to strike Thursday, as union pledges to limit it to a “short-term” walkout

By Kristina Betinis, 16 October 2019

Despite having dropped some of the union's demands and announced “a path to a settlement” with Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s school board, CTU leaders have said it is unlikely they can avert a strike.

230 CTU and teachers strike

15 October 2019

Chicago Teachers Union announces “path” to block strike and impose austerity settlement

By Kristina Betinis, 14 October 2019

CTU leaders announced on Saturday a proposal that will allow the district to “phase in” resources in a school system that has been denied the basics for decades.

Chicago teachers, schools staff and parks district workers set joint October 17 strike date

By Kristina Betinis, 4 October 2019

Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants teachers to accept wage increases that barely rise above the inflation rate along with higher healthcare costs and more cuts to school services.

Chicago teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

By Kristina Betinis, 28 September 2019

The 94 percent authorization vote is a powerful expression of opposition to the conditions imposed by decades of Democratic mayoral administrations.

Teachers set to strike in southern Alaska

By Dan Conway, 17 September 2019

Teachers in southern Alaska will begin strike activity Tuesday, joining the mass upsurge of teachers in the US and around the globe who have, over the past two years, come out in force to fight for decent pay and benefits and better conditions for students.

As negotiations drag on

Chicago teachers union sets September 26 date for strike authorization vote

By Kristina Betinis, 7 September 2019

If a strike wins support by 75 percent of CTU members, teachers could walk out October 7.

Seattle union pushes through deal that includes hiring and firing of teachers based on race

By Kayla Costa and Alec Andersen, 6 September 2019

The Seattle Education Association forced through a contract last week which does nothing to address subsistence levels of pay, inadequate classroom funding and opens to the door to further layoffs.

Schools begin in Denver amid sweltering heat and ongoing protests

By Bill Knowles, 5 September 2019

Many Denver teachers, still reeling from the betrayal of their strike last February, have been forced to return to the classrooms in scorching heat.

035 Seattle teachers and social equity

3 September 2019

Chicago-area college advertises for strikebreakers as faculty walkout looms

By Michael Walters, 31 August 2019

After years of pay freezes, hundreds of College of DuPage teachers are determined to restore their wages and prevent further attacks on working conditions.

Iowa college professor resigns under pressure after publicly supporting Antifa

By Kristina Betinis, 28 August 2019

Kirkwood President Sundberg affirmed Jeff Klinzman’s right to free speech while justifying the removal of the professor based on the claim that public safety is at risk due to his views.

Vote No! No cuts or layoffs!

Seattle teachers must fight for the defense of public education

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 28 August 2019

Washington state teachers again face a turning point in the fight to defend public education.

As the new US school year begins

The political battle facing teachers

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 28 August 2019

Teachers across the globe are escalating the fight against social inequality, the growing privatization of education and the unrelenting attacks on their standard of living.

Tensions rise as unions and district attempt to head off strike by Las Vegas teachers

By Dan Conway, 27 August 2019

After thousands of teachers flooded a meeting of the Clark County School District demanding their contractually-mandated raises, school board members abruptly ended the meeting before being escorted out by police.

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part II

The Democratic Socialists of America shows its hostility to socialism

By Nancy Hanover, 10 August 2019

Part II of the review of a new book by Eric Blanc of the DSA. See Part I

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part I

The DSA’s dishonest and self-serving account of the US teachers’ strikes

By Nancy Hanover, 8 August 2019

A new book by Democratic Socialists of America member Eric Blanc reviewing the role of the DSA during the teacher strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona aims to boost the credibility of the unions and the Democratic Party.

“I want to strike and send a message to the city”

With anger growing, Chicago Teachers Union floats threat of September walkout

By Kristina Betinis, 22 July 2019

Teachers who have suffered through years of falling real income, deteriorating classroom conditions and mass layoffs are determined to fight, but they face a brick wall of opposition from the CTU.

Alaska governor cuts $400 million from education, social services

By Adam Mclean, 18 July 2019

The 41 percent reduction in the state budget for the University of Alaska will result in the elimination of dozens of degree programs and jeopardize climate research.

Closure of Detroit’s Marygrove College will worsen teacher shortage crisis

By Walter Gilberti, 17 July 2019

The closure of Marygrove College, which offers advanced teacher training, comes as university education departments in Michigan and across the country are shrinking.

Strikes get “silent treatment” at NEA convention, as candidates take center stage

By Nancy Hanover, 15 July 2019

The National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union, met to promote the Democrats in 2020.

Harvard awards fellowship to Rick Snyder, Flint’s poisoner-in-chief

By Sheila Brehm, 3 July 2019

The former Michigan governor, who presided over the lead poisoning of Flint’s water supply, has been awarded a prestigious senior research fellowship at Harvard University.

Contract for more than 20,000 Chicago teachers expires

By Kristina Betinis, 2 July 2019

Last month, contracts for teachers also expired in Baltimore, Maryland; Newark, New Jersey and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Democrats promote right-wing, racialist politics

Michigan Governor Whitmer ties fate of Benton Harbor High School to test scores

By Joseph Lorenz, 2 July 2019

The new offer ties the fate of the high school and possibly the district to test score performance benchmarks as well as financial obligations.

West Virginia legalizes charter schools

By Nancy Hanover, 29 June 2019

Defying the overwhelming sentiments of teachers, students and workers, Governor Jim Justice signed a bill legalizing the state’s first-ever charter schools.

“This is a class question… All students should have equal access to education”

Second of two “Fund Our School” rallies held in Michigan

By Phyllis Steele, 26 June 2019

The small turnout at the protest, organized by the unions to back the budget proposal of the state’s new Democratic governor, was only a pale reflection of the deep discontent over decades of school funding cuts.

US schools erecting a massive digital surveillance infrastructure, choking dissent and free speech

By Doug Martin, 25 June 2019

Millions of young people across the US are facing intrusive surveillance of their social media use, emails and online searches from their schools, increasingly trampling upon their civil liberties, freedom of speech and rights to privacy.

Michigan teachers rally to “fund our schools” after 20 years of bipartisan cuts

By Lawrence Porter and Jesse Thomas, 19 June 2019

Teachers across Michigan rallied at the state capitol Tuesday voicing their outrage over a generation of budget cuts.

Baltimore teachers’ contract set to expire at end of month

By Ron Barzel and E.P. Milligan, 18 June 2019

Neither one of the factions fighting for control of the Baltimore Teachers Union offers educators any way forward to fight the bipartisan attack on public education.

Mobilize the working class to fight the bipartisan attack on public education!

For a socialist policy to fully fund public schools!

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 18 June 2019

The following statement is being distributed to teachers and their supporters who are attending the “Red for Ed” rally in Lansing, Michigan today.

Benton Harbor, Michigan: School board votes to oppose governor’s ultimatum to close high school

By Nancy Hanover, 15 June 2019

Thousands of students and residents of Benton Harbor have rallied to the defense of the city’s only high school, opposing the diktat of Michigan’s Democratic governor.

Union halts New Jersey teachers’ strike after one day

By Erik Schreiber, 13 June 2019

Union officials in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey are negotiating behind the backs of educators to impose a sellout contracts.

Los Angeles schools superintendent warns of “reckoning” after failure of property tax measure

By Dan Conway, 13 June 2019

In an effort to justify its shutdown of the LA teacher strike in January, the unions told educators to look to the Democratic Party-backed tax measure to increase school funding.

Union betrayal ends three-week teacher strike in Hayward-Union City, California

By Evan Blake, 11 June 2019

After striking for 14 days, New Haven teachers were pressured heavily to vote for the union’s sellout contract.

Minnesota nurses seek united struggle as contracts for 13,000 Twin Cities hospital workers expire

By Jonas Boquist, 10 June 2019

Allina, which provoked a 37-day strike in 2016 that was betrayed by the union, is once again spearheading the attack on nurses.

090 New Haven statement

10 June 2019

Michigan governor announces closure of Benton Harbor High School

By Joseph Lorenz and JT Asher, 7 June 2019

Students, parents and community members denounced Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s unilateral decision to close Benton Harbor High School at a school board meeting this week.

Stop the closure of Benton Harbor schools! Defend public education!

By the World Socialist Web Site Teacher Newsletter, 7 June 2019

The following statement was distributed to teachers, parents and students at a school board meeting Tuesday night in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

As new Democratic mayor takes office

Chicago Public Schools lay off hundreds of teachers and staff

By Kristina Betinis, 5 June 2019

Layoff notices were sent to 220 teachers and 498 support staff ahead of the June 30 Chicago Teachers Union contract expiration.

New Haven teachers strike enters third week

By David Brown and Evan Blake, 4 June 2019

The New Haven Teachers Association has dropped their wage demands beneath inflation, leaving teachers at a loss.

University of Chicago graduate student union plans three-day picket

By George Gallanis, 1 June 2019

Graduate students must take this struggle out of the hands of the American Federation of Teachers-backed Graduate Students United union and form rank-and-file committees.

American educators demand freedom for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 1 June 2019

The WSWS Teacher Newsletter has received many statements from educators in support of Assange and Manning.

Democrat Tony Thurmond fails to shut down New Haven teachers strike in California

By Evan Blake, 1 June 2019

After facilitating the betrayal of the Oakland and Los Angeles teachers strikes, Thurmond has been brought in by the New Haven Teachers Association to end their strike.

“What we need to do is storm Sacramento”

New Haven teachers speak on conditions

By David Brown, 1 June 2019

Teachers across the New Haven School District spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about the strike and the difficult conditions they face as educators.

As teachers union abandons demands and calls in Democrats

New Haven, California teachers strike at a crossroads

By Evan Blake and David Brown, 31 May 2019

The New Haven Teachers Association is working with state Democrats to end the teachers strike as quickly as possible with a sellout contract

New Haven, California teacher strike enters second week

By Jonathan Burleigh, 28 May 2019

The New Haven school district has made no change to its offer of a one percent raise or its plans to lay off staff and close a school.

San Diego Sweetwater High School District to lay off 82 educators and staff amid investigation of budgetary fraud

By Evelyn Rios, 28 May 2019

The school board will meet to approve the layoff of 82 positions to close a budgetary shortfall, likely the result of fraud and mismanagement.

240 UofC grad student strike vote

28 May 2019

037 New Haven teachers strike

27 May 2019

As secret negotiations resume between unions and school district

New Haven teachers strike enters fourth day

By Toby Reese and Evan Blake, 23 May 2019

To carry their struggle forward, New Haven teachers must break free from the pro-Democratic Party teachers’ unions, which are preparing to sell them out in the same manner as in Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento.

Teachers strike in New Haven School District, Northern California

By Dan Conway, 22 May 2019

The California Teachers Association is sponsoring a #RedForEd “Day of Action” at the state capital of Sacramento on Wednesday.

070 East Bay teachers strike

21 May 2019

Teachers rally in Nashville, Tennessee to demand pay raises

By Warren Duzak, 20 May 2019

More than 1,000 teachers and school employees called in sick last week in the latest protests by educators in the US.

New Jersey education budget reallocation threatens hundreds of jobs

By Erik Schreiber and Sandy English, 18 May 2019

The Democratic and Republican politicians of one of the wealthiest states in America are refusing to adequately fund public education in working class communities.

University of California unions wear down workers with fifth one-day strike

By Evelyn Rios, 17 May 2019

Dwindling numbers participate in the fifth one-day, unpaid strike, as workers have been kept on the job without a contract for nearly two years.

Detroit teachers demand action on pay, class sizes and testing

By J. Cooper, 16 May 2019

Hundreds of red-shirted teachers demanded to be heard at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

The teachers’ revolt and the fight for social equality

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 14 May 2019

Three years ago, Detroit teachers were the first to organize sickouts and protests that exposed the crisis of public education to a national and international audience.

Faculty at Chicago’s DePaul University condemn professor’s anti-democratic, militarist comments on Middle East

By Kristina Betinis, 13 May 2019

The faculty resolution condemned the views of Professor Jason Hill, who called for Palestinians to be stripped of voting rights and for Israel to exercise “unprecedented and excessive military might.”

Low-paid South Carolina teachers recruited for factory work

By Shelley Connor, 11 May 2019

South Carolina’s teachers, frustrated by pay that has not kept up with inflation, have become a reliable source of labor for a pharmaceutical company.

“I am ready to stay out and not going back in until we get everything we need”

More than 20,000 participate in Oregon walkouts for public education

By Kayla Costa, 9 May 2019

Teachers were joined by thousands of students, parents and school workers at demonstrations in multiple cities across the state.

Removal of white educator from African American history class in Michigan sparks widespread outrage

By Phyllis Steele and Nancy Hanover, 9 May 2019

The removal of the high school teacher from an advanced placement course in a Detroit suburb occurred after a group of parents objected to a nationally-developed, comprehensive curriculum for the class.

“We want him to come to graduation!”

Arizona students demand release of classmate detained by immigration agents

By Norisa Diaz, 8 May 2019

Over 200 high school students in Tucson, Arizona walked out of school Monday to protest the detention and deportation of their classmate, Thomas Torres.

Teachers walking out statewide today in Oregon

By Kayla Costa, 8 May 2019

The SEP calls for the creation of rank-and-file committees to unite all educators, workers, parents and students in a common fight across the United States and internationally.

Teachers at three Chicago charter schools strike as union blocks common fight with public school educators

By Alexander Fangmann and Andy Thompson, 6 May 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union has worked closely with the Democratic Party to ensure that the two-tier education system is completely unaffected.

Sickout by teachers and school support staff in Nashville, Tennessee

By Warren Duzak, 6 May 2019

More than 1,400 teachers and support staff called in sick Friday after Democratic Mayor David Briley’s budget provided no increase in real wages for school employees.

Polls show growing sentiment for teachers strike in Mississippi

By J. L’Heureau, 4 May 2019

Mississippi educators, seeking to join the international strike wave of teachers, are demanding action against poverty wages and abysmal working conditions.