By Angelo Perera, 27 February 2021
On February 7, the United Educators of San Francisco union reached an agreement to allow “limited instruction.”
“Since school has been remote, no teachers have died.”
By Emma Arceneaux, 27 February 2021
The district’s announcement, and the CDC guidelines they cite, blatantly ignore one of the most important factors in determining the safety of a building: ventilation and air quality.
Restrictions placed on student gatherings after massive COVID-19 outbreak at the University of Virginia
By Dan Goranson, 27 February 2021
Cases have skyrocketed in the two weeks following the reopening of the sprawling University of Virginia campus for in-person learning on February 1.
By Zac Corrigan, 27 February 2021
Ten-year-old quadruple amputee Dae’Shun Jamison from Shelby, Michigan is just one of more than 2,000 children in the US to develop Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children after catching COVID-19.
British Columbia school officials order windows screwed shut to stop teachers from ventilating classes amid raging pandemic
By Alexandra Greene, 27 February 2021
The school sent contractors into the building who reputedly found “safety issues” with the windows and proceeded to seal them.
Michigan governor pushes for school reopenings as Ann Arbor school board reverses decision to remain virtual
By Sheila Brehm and James McDonald, 27 February 2021
In a press conference Wednesday, Democratic Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer announced that 85 percent of Michigan school districts are currently open for in-person learning and that she is “pleased that 97 percent of the school districts will be reopened by March 1st.”
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By Harvey Simpkins, 27 February 2021
The return to schools follows separate announcements by the governors of Virginia and Maryland calling on all schools to reopen in March.
By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2021
Teachers, in poll after poll and on social media, have voiced their opposition to returning to work under unsafe conditions, but are up against trade unions who are colluding in the government’s plans.
US universities have cut 650,000 jobs, a 13 percent workforce reduction, since the onset of the pandemic
By Alex Findijis, 26 February 2021
Thousands of adjunct faculty members have seen their courses canceled and their paychecks eliminated as programs are consolidated and courses move online.
By Evan Blake, 26 February 2021
The purpose of Kristof’s article is to pollute popular consciousness and pressure local Democrats tasked with enforcing the homicidal policy of reopening schools.
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The Rank-and-File Committee for Safe Education in Turkey, 26 February 2021
We call on all educators, parents and students who support this initiative to contact us to establish rank-and-file committees for safe education and to expand this struggle, which is vital for public health.
By Kevin Martinez, 26 February 2021
Despite opposition from parents and the community, the San Diego Unified School District is planning to reopen schools by April.
San Francisco school board pauses reactionary school renaming campaign to focus on forcing schools open
By Renae Cassimeda, 26 February 2021
Despite widespread transmission of COVID-19 and news of more infectious and deadly variants of the virus within San Francisco, the school district alongside the educator and school worker unions are pushing ahead with reopening plans.
Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 25 February 2021
We demand that every individual, politician and corporation responsible for the social disaster in Texas be criminally prosecuted and that all workers be made whole.
By Nick Barrickman, 25 February 2021
On the third anniversary of the historic 2018 West Virginia teachers’ strike, the state senate passed a punitive bill codifying anti-strike measures into state law.
By Alex Findijs, 25 February 2021
Facing an impending wave of temporary schools closures due to growing COVID-19 outbreaks, the New York government and the SUNY system have altered university guidelines to keep schools open despite rising case numbers.
By Jack Turner, 25 February 2021
With the help of the unions, university managements are returning to face-to-face teaching and expanding class sizes amid the continuing global pandemic.
By Gregor Link, 25 February 2021
Unless the working class intervenes independently to close factories, offices, schools and day-care centres, hundreds of thousands of deaths loom in Germany alone in an even worse wave of the pandemic.
By Alexander Fangmann, 24 February 2021
While local reporters and the Chicago Teachers Union maintain a wall of silence over the dangers facing educators and students, schools have become the number one potential exposure locations in the state, according to contact tracing.
Michigan teachers, students face double threat from school reopenings: contaminated water and COVID-19
By Sheila Brehm and James MacDonald, 24 February 2021
With the Democratic Whitmer administration pushing for a March 1 reopening date for public schools, teachers and students face not only the danger of the coronavirus, but lead and legionella bacteria from unflushed water systems.
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By Peter Ross, 24 February 2021
Officials in Los Angeles announced on Monday that some in-person instruction will resume next week, with a full reopening planned for next month. The announcement comes amid reports that a more contagious variant of COVID-19 has become the dominant strain in California.
Philadelphia teachers union endorses bogus claims of school renovations as cover for reopening schools
By Douglas Lyons, 24 February 2021
The PFT, while posing as “concerned” about certain elements of the reopening plans, claims falsely that schools can be made safe through updates to decrepit school buildings, in particular, improved ventilation systems.
By Melody Isley, 24 February 2021
Despite the capitalist propaganda, parents have expressed overwhelming support for online learning, which they know prioritizes the health of their families, school workers and educators.
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Montgomery, Alabama schools moves forward with plans to convert public schools into privately-operated charter schools
By Shelley Connor, 23 February 2021
The Montgomery Public School Board, a focal point of months of protests by teachers over COVID-19 deaths, is turning over three schools to charter operators.
Our reporter, 22 February 2021
The UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee held a lively online meeting on Saturday, just days before yesterday’s unsafe reopening of schools across Scotland and Wales, and as the Johnson government moves to reopen all school on March 8.
By Jerry White, 21 February 2021
The Biden administration, the corporate media and the teachers unions have ganged up against educators who are refusing to risk their lives.
Reports of spread of British B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant in Michigan
Phyllis Steele, 21 February 2021
Michigan Democrats, backed by the corporate media, are ramping up pressure to reopen schools by March 1.
By Jake Silver, 20 February 2021
The growing opposition among teachers must find independent political expression in a struggle to shut down all in-class learning until the pandemic is brought under control.
By Julie Hyland, 20 February 2021
The “investigations” are politically-motivated propaganda aimed at justifying economic and military aggression against what they regard as a strategic competitor.
By Elliott Murtagh, 20 February 2021
Depression-like cuts are devastating the largest urban university system in the US.
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Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 February 2021
The effort to reopen schools in Chicago was aimed at setting a precedent for reopening districts everywhere and shifting the relationship of class forces in the US as a whole.
Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 February 2021
Our committee unequivocally demands a stop to the drive to reopen the Philadelphia public school system amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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By Alice Summers, 19 February 2021
There are growing calls by educators and parents to close schools, and strikes have broken out among students as infection rates in education centres soar.
By Gregor Link, 19 February 2021
The federal and state governments are systematically creating conditions for a third wave of the pandemic. This can be seen especially in plans to rapidly return to in-person teaching.
By Eduardo Parati and Brunna Machado, 19 February 2021
Faced with enormous opposition from teachers, the Brazilian ruling class fears that the return to classes will provoke a nationwide wave of struggles beyond the control of the unions and pseudo-left parties.
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By Hong Jian, 19 February 2021
Despite the fact that over the past week Los Angeles County averaged 2,339 new cases and 123.1 new deaths per day, officials throughout the region are pressing to reopen schools.
By Our reporters, 19 February 2021
Teachers have spoken out in support of the locked out workers at the Smeaton Grange warehouse in Sydney, and have condemned the United Workers Union’s attempts to impose a sell-out deal.
Attend online meeting on Saturday to organise fightback!
Thomas Scripps, 19 February 2021
The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls on workers who recognise the grave danger posed by the school reopenings to attend our online meeting on Saturday to discuss the fightback
By Douglas Lyons, 18 February 2021
The decision to push back reopening is an indication that both the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the school district recognize they need more time to bring the opposition of teachers under control.
By Kranti Kumara, 18 February 2021
In spite of four teacher deaths and strident opposition, the state of Georgia is denying educators vaccinations and sending them back to unsafe schools.
By Tomas Castanheira, 18 February 2021
A survey by rank-and-file teachers indicates that the strike has spread to hundreds of schools in the city, preventing many of them from reopening.
By Evan Blake, 18 February 2021
At a CNN town hall event Wednesday, Biden made his most direct intervention into the campaign to reopen schools, falsely claiming that children and their families are not endangered by the reopenings.
By Thomas Scripps, 17 February 2021
That the most right-wing forces feel able to posture as defenders of democratic rights is thanks to the role played by the pseudo-left and identity politics on campus.
CDC school opening guidelines ignore the critical role of ventilation and infection control in classrooms
By Benjamin Mateus, 17 February 2021
The CDC has downplayed the role of ventilation in making schools safe for reopening. Efficiently operating HVAC systems are an important part of infection control for airborne pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2.
By Douglas Lyons, 17 February 2021
The PFT is hoping to stymie any opposition from educators and parents who have compelled the district to backpedal in reopening several times already.
By Alex Findijs, 17 February 2021
Just two weeks since in-person instruction began, more than 1,200 students have tested positive for COVID-19. Such rapid transmission is a stark warning of what may come with the spread of more contagious variants of the virus.
By Tom Hall, 17 February 2021
The campaign to reopen schools in the US reached its next phase Monday night, when Los Angeles County officials declared that the second-largest school district in the country has been “cleared” to reopen.
By Cordell Gascoigne, 17 February 2021
More than 20 deaths have been linked to Winter Storm Uri, including a woman and her three elementary-school-age grandchildren who died in a house fire around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday in Sugar Land, Texas.
By Bryan Dyne, 17 February 2021
If transmission of the coronavirus can penetrate the National Football League’s extraordinarily well-funded testing and contact tracing program, the vast majority of workers, who do not have access to such resources, stand no chance.
Tennessee Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 17 February 2021
We appeal to educators and workers across Tennessee to mount a determined fight against the reopening of schools in Memphis and Shelby County, which are slated to begin on March 1.
By David Fitzgerald, 16 February 2021
Numerous US states plan to vaccinate teachers in the first phase of vaccinations as a means to reopen schools, regardless of the extent of community spread.
By Erika Zimmer, 16 February 2021
The new blueprint features a further narrowing of the school curriculum, and the imposition of mandatory teaching methods, learning materials, classroom content and practice.
By Gabriel Lemos, 14 February 2021
The APEOESP teachers union has betrayed a week-long strike against the reopening of schools, proposing a deadly return to the classrooms.
By Benjamin Mateus, 14 February 2021
The weeks-long propaganda campaign falsely claiming that schools are not vectors for the spread of COVID-19 now has the full imprimatur of the CDC.
By Alexander Fangmann, 14 February 2021
Lewis’ death prompted an outpouring of sympathy and praise from the corporate media, fellow union officials and the Democratic Socialists of America, but a closer examination of her record tells a very different story.
“We are being abandoned by our union and being led to the slaughter by our school system”
By Harvey Simpkins, 14 February 2021
Three teachers from the Eastern Shore of Maryland recently spoke to the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter about the reopening of schools and their reasons for joining the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee. Their names have been changed to protect them from retaliation by both their school system and union.
By Miguel Andrade, 13 February 2021
A handful of representatives of the most powerful lobbies operating in Brazil’s richest state are concocting a “popular” basis for a policy aimed at restoring capitalist profits.
By Evan Blake, 13 February 2021
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released unscientific, politically motivated guidelines intended to justify school reopenings everywhere.
By Andrew Timon, 13 February 2021
The deal sends teachers and students back into schools regardless of the city’s COVID test positivity rate, forcing teachers to choose between teaching in-person or taking a leave of absence.
By Melody Isley, 12 February 2021
Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the US, San Diego and San Francisco are next to face reopening, requiring opposition by workers and educators.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 February 2021
As another wave of students, teachers and staff are returned to buildings in the wake of the union’s betrayal, new arenas of struggle are opening in Chicago and beyond.
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By Our Reporters, 12 February 2021
“Whatever the capitalist politicians and corporate media say,” warned an Ontario teacher, “scientific studies have shown that schools are one of the primary vectors of transmission for the virus.”
By Evan Blake, 11 February 2021
What has unfolded in Chicago over the past month is the most damning exposure of the reactionary character of pseudo-left “social justice unionism.”
By Douglas Lyons, 11 February 2021
After educators refused to report to buildings this week, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers intensified its talks with Democratic city officials to reopen schools.
Campus police deployed to UC Berkeley dormitories as administration blames COVID-19 outbreak on students
By George Greene and Gabriel Black, 11 February 2021
Campus administrators seek to divert blame for the latest COVID-19 outbreak onto students and away from themselves.
By our correspondent, 11 February 2021
The statements by educators are important indications of the support for the building of new genuine working class organisations of struggle, and for a broader political movement of the working class.
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Form Rank-and-File Safety Committees!
Stop the criminal coronavirus policy of the corporations and trade unions! Prepare a European-wide general strike!
Statement by the Network of Action Committees for Safe Workplaces in Germany, 11 February 2021
The Network of Action Committees for Safe Workplaces fights against mass sackings, dangerous working conditions and the cover-up of the infection figures.
By Elliott Murtagh, 10 February 2021
The tuition strike at Columbia must be broadened and linked up with the struggles facing all sections of the working class.
By Our reporter, 10 February 2021
“It is up to workers from all over the world to coordinate this great mobilization for life. All support to the struggle of the Chicago teachers!”
Right-wing US Supreme Court majority again exempts large religious gatherings from COVID-19 safety measures
By John Burton, 10 February 2021
For the second time since the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, the court has struck down state measures to control the spread of COVID-19 that limit indoor religious services, reversing rulings earlier in the pandemic.
Johnson government’s homicidal drive to reopen UK schools justified by feigned concern for children’s welfare
By Liz Smith and Margot Miller, 10 February 2021
The Johnson government’s professed concern for children’s education and welfare is belied by decades of cuts to children’s services and rising child poverty.
By Evan Blake, 10 February 2021
Educators are now at the forefront of the global working class movement to contain the pandemic and save lives.
By Sandy English, 10 February 2021
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that middle schools (grades 6–8) will open on February 25.
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As the new highly contagious COVID-19 variant spreads throughout the region
By Jesse Thomas, 10 February 2021
A barrage of articles in the Ann Arbor local news has also recently been published which uncritically echo the false claims promoted in the national media that a return to in-person learning is not only safe, but necessary.
By James Vega and Debra Watson, 10 February 2021
The insistent calls by Democratic politicians for the reopening of the City of Detroit schools continue as auto companies complain that worker shortages have been aggravated by school closures.
By Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 9 February 2021
The tentative deal Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) leaders reached over the weekend with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials is an abject surrender that must be rejected.
Chicago Teachers Union delegates approve deal to reopen schools, as opposition among educators grows
By Tom Hall, 9 February 2021
While the CTU leadership body voted by a wide margin to approve the deal, there is enormous anxiety within the union bureaucracy and the Democratic Party that they may be unable to force the contract through during a vote scheduled to conclude at midnight today.
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Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 9 February 2021
The Rank-and-File Safety Committee at the Faurecia Gladstone plant in Columbus, Indiana, has issued the following statement in support of the Chicago teachers.
Tennessee Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 9 February 2021
Without teachers developing their own independent organizations to fight against school reopenings, the pressure from state officials and school boards will force them into unsafe and potentially deadly working conditions.
By Will McCalliss and Evan Blake, 9 February 2021
The WSWS has received dozens of statements of support for Chicago teachers from educators and other workers around the world.
By Barış Demir, 9 February 2021
After the government began face-to-face teaching at the end of September, the number of daily COVID-19 cases rose to 30,000.