By Evan Blake, 13 August 2020
Across the US, thousands of teachers, education workers, parents and students are mobilizing to oppose the unsafe reopening of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Joseph Mario, 13 August 2020
Scituate, a small coastal town south of Boston, is one example of broader situation in the state, where Governor Baker has pushed for schools to fully reopen in the fall.
“We need to be the ones making the decision about when and how to reopen”
By Mitch Marcus and Phyllis Steele, 12 August 2020
Teachers across the state have reacted with disgust and anger at this week’s re-opening, which threatens to produce an explosion of new infections and deaths.
Reject Johnson’s lies that UK schools are safe! For a general strike to block the reopening of schools
By Tania Kent, 12 August 2020
Johnson made clear that the reopening of schools was “integral to kick starting the economy.”
By Sam Wayne and Usman Khan, 12 August 2020
Colleges and K-12 schools across the US have sent letters to parents and students, requiring liability waivers be signed before students can return for in-person classes.
By Will Morrow, 12 August 2020
An analysis of the back-to-school plans makes clear the fraudulent and essentially homicidal character of the Macron administration’s policy.
By Genevieve Leigh, 12 August 2020
The science is clear: the reopening of schools under the current conditions will lead to countless deaths among students, parents, teachers, and more broadly in the working class.
By the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter, 11 August 2020
Teachers and students spoke to the WSWS to express their opposition to New York state Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to allow all schools to reopen in the coming weeks.
By Marianne Arens, 11 August 2020
Although there are currently more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections per day in Germany, all of the country’s state governments are ruthlessly enforcing the reopening of schools after the summer break.
Georgia teachers and students force temporary closure of North Paulding High School over COVID-19 outbreak
By Genevieve Leigh, 10 August 2020
The cluster of COVID-19 cases at the school emerged as a direct consequence of the decision to reopen schools for in-person instruction amid a surge in infections.
“A game of Russian Roulette with the lives of children”
By Nancy Hanover, 10 August 2020
Teachers from across Florida marched on Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ mansion Saturday to protest his statewide mandate for fully in-person instruction.
By Evan Blake, 8 August 2020
Cuomo’s mandate provides crucial political support for the Trump administration’s drive to reopen schools irrespective of the cost to human life.
No masks, crowded hallways
By Genevieve Leigh, 8 August 2020
Two students from Georgia’s North Paulding High School were suspended after photos of hallways packed with crowds of unmasked students went viral on social media.
By Tony Jackson, 8 August 2020
The attorney general and governor of Texas are endangering the lives of teachers and students with a patently unscientific back-to-school pandemic plan.
“It’s a recipe for disaster”
By Tim Rivers, 8 August 2020
Opposition is growing among autoworkers and other workers to the back-to-school campaign, which is threatening the health of teachers, students and their families.
By Marianne Arens, 8 August 2020
In order to ensure the capitalists can turn a profit, all established parties, from the Christian Social Union to the Left Party, are pushing for a return to regular in-person teaching.
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 8 August 2020
The SEP calls for the development of an interconnected network of rank-and-file committees to prepare for a general strike against the opening of schools and the murderous policy of the ruling class.
By Elliott Murtagh, 8 August 2020
Faculty and graduate instructors have denounced university demands they teach in-person classes during the planned fall campus reopening.
“A nationwide strike is what needs to be done”
By Nancy Hanover, 7 August 2020
From Florida to California, teachers and parents are caravanning, protesting and petitioning against a reckless return to school as demanded by Wall Street and the entire political establishment.
By Isaac Finn, 7 August 2020
On August 5, faculty at the University of Akron voted down an offer that included layoffs of 96 full-time professors, pay cuts and increased health care premiums.
By Benjamin Mateus, 6 August 2020
Evidence is growing that the reopening of schools will lead to a massive resurgence of the pandemic, with deadly consequences for teachers and students.
By Mitch Marcus, 6 August 2020
The CDC guidelines were adjusted in mid-July to suit the demands of the Trump administration that schools reopen, as part the broader campaign to reopen the economy.
By Alex Johnson, 6 August 2020
These harrowing deaths come a month after a 9-year-old, Kimora Lynum, from Putman County, became the youngest child added to Florida’s COVID-19 death toll.
By Andy Thompson, 6 August 2020
In order to protect billions in revenue, US universities are resorting to threats and cover-ups to keep their plans to play football in the fall on track.
By Mike Head, 6 August 2020
In the latest outrage, the union is urging Adelaide University staff members to take wage cuts of up to 15 percent and still accept the elimination of 200 jobs.
By Phyllis Steele, 5 August 2020
Republican-controlled legislatures in several states are moving to cut funding and outsource the jobs of teachers if schools do not open with full in-person learning.
By Sandy English, 5 August 2020
Teachers in New York are determined to prevent the unsafe reopening of schools by the Democratic mayor and governor.
By Thomas Scripps, 5 August 2020
Medical professionals warn that schools cannot be reopened safely when testing and tracing are grossly inadequate and there is already a resurgence of the pandemic.
By Tom Pearce, 5 August 2020
The offer is divisive and paltry. It will not be funded nationally by the Johnson government, but out of school budgets which are chronically under-funded.
By our correspondents, 5 August 2020
Amid intense opposition from teachers and parents, private schools were reopened last month in the state of Amazonas and this week in Rio de Janeiro.
By Alejandro López, 5 August 2020
The return to school is a criminal policy exposing children, teachers, families and neighbourhoods to serious illness and death.
By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 5 August 2020
Mass opposition by teachers to the criminal policies of the ruling class will galvanize support among all workers in the United States and throughout the world.
By Evan Blake, 3 August 2020
More scientific research shows the immense dangers to the health and lives of teachers, students and parents by reopening schools while the pandemic continues out of control.
By Steve James, 3 August 2020
The government intends to re-open all primary and secondary schools by August 18, despite COVID-19 outbreaks in call centres, distribution centres, pubs and care homes.
By Tomas Castanheira, 1 August 2020
The attempt by big business politicians to reopen schools in the country faces massive opposition from educators and working-class families.
By Andrea Reissner, 1 August 2020
The situation is highly dangerous. Since the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, the number of cases in Europe, and in Germany, is once again on the rise.
By Trévon Austin, 1 August 2020
Universities are hoping the personal responsibility of students will be sufficient enough to contain outbreaks on campuses.
By Evan Blake, 31 July 2020
An explosion of opposition to the unsafe reopening of schools has developed on social media, primarily through dozens of Facebook groups with a combined global membership of over 300,000.
“Capitalism is being exposed for what it is”
By Nancy Hanover, 31 July 2020
School bus drivers in Pennsylvania and New York spoke with the WSWS about the conditions they face amid the escalating campaign to reopen schools.
By David Brown, 30 July 2020
The American Federation of Teachers resolved to limit safety strikes to locals “on a case-by-case basis as a last resort.”
By our reporters, 30 July 2020
One student said that he lives “hand to mouth. I cannot save anything. I pay so much for the fees at university and there are no jobs.”
By our reporters, 30 July 2020
“We are either going to have to roll over and accept what is going on, that workers are going to be sacrificed for capitalism, or we are going to have to rebel and have an uprising of some kind.”
By Evan Blake, 28 July 2020
After waging years of strikes and protests against cuts to school funding and wages, educators in the US now face a direct confrontation with the Trump administration over its drive to reopen schools.
By Evan Blake, 27 July 2020
With the coronavirus pandemic raging out of control, the Trump administration is escalating its homicidal campaign to reopen schools across the US.
By Patrick Kelly, 27 July 2020
Keeping the schools open is regarded as a central aspect of the reopening of the economy and the continued provision of an exploitable workforce.
By Simon Whelan, 25 July 2020
According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, 33 percent of academic staff in the UK were on fixed-term contracts in 2017–18.
By Nancy Hanover, 24 July 2020
Trump’s apparent climbdown from his insistence that schools must “fully” open “ASAP” indicates the deep crisis of the administration and growing fears of the political mobilization of educators, parents and students.
By Sam Dalton, 22 July 2020
Amid an intensifying anti-immigrant and anti-China campaign, Trump’s tactical retreat from the July 6 ruling putting international students at risk of deportation is not any cause for celebration.
As opposition mounts to reopening of the schools
By Evan Blake, 21 July 2020
The campaign to reopen schools across the US, spearheaded by the Trump administration and supported by the entire political establishment, is provoking widespread opposition among educators.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 July 2020
Around 2,000 people protested outside Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem in one of a series of demonstrations demanding his resignation.
By Renae Cassimeda and Liz Laliberte, 18 July 2020
The reopening of the schools, along with the the lifting of travel restrictions in Hawaii, will greatly exacerbate the spread of the virus throughout the islands.
By Will McCalliss and Nancy Hanover, 18 July 2020
Amid the chaotic transition to online learning during the pandemic, a teenage girl has been taken into criminal custody for “failure to submit any schoolwork.”
By Evan Blake, 17 July 2020
The principles of public health and science, which are in alignment with the social interests of the working class, stand diametrically opposed to the insatiable drive for profit.
By Mitch Marcus, 16 July 2020
PPP has been a boondoggle of monumental proportions, funneling essentially free cash to major corporations.
“We’re just cannon fodder. This is a policy about economics not safety.”
By our reporters, 16 July 2020
The Johnson government plans to fully reopen schools nationally in September despite the heightened risks from COVID-19 transmission.
By Renae Cassimeda, 15 July 2020
The reckless move to rapidly reopen schools coincides with the homicidal drive by the ruling class to force workers back on the job amid the deepening COVID-19 pandemic.
By Phyllis Steele, 15 July 2020
Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd, 61, died on June 26 after contracting COVID-19 as she and other teachers taught students remotely from a shared classroom.
By Tom Pearce, 15 July 2020
The Facebook site of the group has created a map of school closures due to outbreaks, which is a powerful source of information for parents.
By Sue Phillips, 15 July 2020
Teachers and educators speak out against the state Labor government’s order to reopen schools despite a COVID-19 surge in Melbourne.
By Robert Campion, 15 July 2020
The debacle is part of a decades-long scandal concerning the use of asbestos in public buildings, involving successive Labor and Liberal governments.
By David Brown, 14 July 2020
As COVID-19 cases soar across the country, the AFT and NEA are striving to channel teachers’ anger over the forced reopening behind the right-wing presidential campaign of Democrat Joseph Biden.
By Sandy English and Steve Light, 14 July 2020
The announcement last week by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio that public schools would reopen on an alternating-day schedule has provoked concern and opposition among parents and educators.
Anger grows as Australian state Labor government sends teachers and senior students back to school in Melbourne
By Patrick Kelly, 14 July 2020
The sweeping return to school, amid a worsening COVID-19 surge, represents a threat to public safety.
Seventeen states and tens of universities file lawsuits against ICE attack on international students
By Sam Dalton, 14 July 2020
Even if the current set of lawsuits are successful, the immigration and educational rights of international students remain under threat.
By Kranti Kumara, 13 July 2020
The university reopening plans in Georgia come in the context of the Trump administration’s reactionary push for the reopening of industries and businesses
By Evan Blake, 13 July 2020
The escalating campaign to reopen US schools in the fall, under conditions of an explosive spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, is a key element of a conscious, bipartisan policy that will lead to countless preventable deaths.
By Renae Cassimeda and Norissa Santa Cruz, 13 July 2020
As workers in every industry unite across racial lines to fight against the Trump administration’s back-to-work campaign, Haymarket is promoting racial divisions and blaming teachers’ supposed “white privilege” for the crisis facing public education.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 13 July 2020
There is nothing democratic or progressive about the mandating of quotas of different races at schools or workplaces.
“The decision to reopen schools shouldn’t be political. It should be made by medical experts.”
By Mitch Marcus and Kimie Saito, 11 July 2020
The WSWS spoke with two teachers about the dangerous push by the Trump administration to reopen schools in the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control.
“A large-scale struggle and strong opposition is needed”
By Elliott Murtagh, 10 July 2020
The WSWS spoke to students and faculty at the City University of New York about recent austerity measures.
By Mike Head, 10 July 2020
The union is pushing ahead with deals to impose unprecedented sacrifices on university workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Ed Hightower, 9 July 2020
The court’s assault on workers takes the form of an assault on secularism.
By our reporters, 9 July 2020
The Trump administration’s effort to use international students as a bargaining chip to force the reopening of colleges is part of a push to get the economy back open while also scapegoating immigrants for the pandemic.
Rutgers University announces hundreds of layoffs, intends to charge students full tuition in the fall
By Shuvu Batta, 9 July 2020
The layoffs and furloughs must be fought, and students must reject the enormous tuition and student loan debt that they are being compelled to pay for virtual courses.
By Evan Blake, 9 July 2020
On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump demanded that US schools reopen in the fall amid a raging pandemic, threatening the lives of thousands of teachers.
By David Brown, 8 July 2020
The Florida Department of Education is ordering schools to physically open in August, threatening the lives of teachers and students.
“Literacy is a clean window onto the world ...”
By Patrick O’Connor, 8 July 2020
The Soviet literacy campaign remains the largest and most successful in world history.
ICE threatens international students with deportation unless their college resumes in-person classes
By Sam Dalton, 7 July 2020
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, an ICE rule change is forcing international students to risk their lives to stay in the US
By Mitch Marcus, 7 July 2020
Last week, Whitmer released dangerous and unfunded mandates on schools reopening, making it clear that she is determined to push ahead even as cases spike across the state.
Organise teachers, parents and school staff committees to oppose reckless school reopening in Melbourne!
By the Committee for Public Education (Australia), 7 July 2020
The CFPE calls for the formation of safety action committees to demand the suspension of the school system as part of a comprehensive public health and safety plan to protect the working class.
By Elliott Murtagh, 4 July 2020
These actions will have a devastating effect on the largest urban university system in the US, forcing faculty, students, and staff to bear the brunt of the current pandemic-triggered state and city financial crisis.
By Carolyn Kennett, 4 July 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, governments promised thoroughly cleaned classrooms, but school cleaners have neither the resources nor hours to conduct the necessary cleaning.
By Tania Kent, 3 July 2020
There will be no social distancing, no personal protection for children or staff and no school closures if children or staff record positively for COVID-19.
By Tania Kent and Tim Pearce, 30 June 2020
Recent outbreaks in schools almost doubled to 44 in one week—16 more than were recorded at hospitals
By Eduardo Parati, 29 June 2020
The São Paulo secretary of education’s declared intention of “facilitating teachers’ work” is actually aimed at furthering a shift to distance learning.
By Sheila Brehm and Sam Wayne, 29 June 2020
“I think higher education is over for the working class,” sociology lecturer Laura MacIntyre told the WSWS.
By Mitch Marcus, 27 June 2020
Both Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-controlled legislature have fully committed to the reopening of in-person schooling, in line with the demands of automakers and other big businesses.
By Tom Pearce, 24 June 2020
The government’s decision to return to the full opening of schools has been taken without any systematic review of the impact of the wider reopening of the economy.
By Ioan Petrescu, 23 June 2020
An online petition demanding the reimbursement of all this year’s fee due to the pandemic has gathered 345,731 signatures as of the time of writing. Another one, that only asks for refunds for the third semester, has 109,282 signatures.
Oppose all public education budget cuts, layoffs and the unsafe reopening of schools! For a socialist program to fully fund and vastly expand public education!
By Joseph Kishore--Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, 23 June 2020
As the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for president in the 2020 US elections, I condemn the widespread attacks on public education implemented by Democrats and Republicans.
By Alexander Fangmann, 22 June 2020
The measures to remove police from schools are intended to deflect the anger of students and youth, and will in no way reduce the repressive presence of the state in schools.
By Andy Thompson, 22 June 2020
This case is only the latest in a series of bitter experiences grad students all across the country have had with AFT and other trade unions.
By Mike Head, 22 June 2020
Assisted by the role of the unions, the government is seeking to further transform universities into vocational businesses, churning out “job-ready graduates.”
By our correspondent, 22 June 2020
“I was just stunned that the union did not even ask us if we wanted to negotiate a deal.”
“How can dissent be illegal when that is how the country was started?”
By Phyllis Steele, 20 June 2020
Educators in Oklahoma, who waged a wildcat strike in 2018, are still ranked near the bottom in the US in pay and per pupil funding.
By a correspondent, 18 June 2020
University workers, in partnership with students, need to construct new rank-and-file organisations that are totally independent of the NTEU apparatus.
By Will McCalliss and Evan Blake, 17 June 2020
On Monday, educators from across Massachusetts held a rally to protest the devastating budget cuts and job losses, which are hitting over 50 school districts across the state.
By Renae Cassimeda, 16 June 2020
Amid massive cuts to public education looming in the coming months, many of California’s K-12 public school districts facing prior budget shortfalls have already laid off educators for the coming school year.
By Marianne Arens, 16 June 2020
The same politicians who pump hundreds of billions of euros of so-called “Corona aid” into the vaults of the big banks and leading companies see no need to equip schools with the measures needed to combat the coronavirus.
By Sue Phillips and Kaye Tucker, 16 June 2020
The complicity of the education trade unions has left parents to express their concerns through social media, establishing Facebook pages and petitions.