Education

“I certainly think that the whole future of higher education is in peril”

Striking university lecturers and students in Bournemouth, UK speak out

By our reporters, 14 March 2020

The WSWS spoke to striking university staff and students in Bournemouth, who were striking with co-workers around the UK at the end of their 14-day national strike.

Australia: Melbourne teachers vote to defend Assange and Manning

By the Committee For Public Education (CFPE), 14 March 2020

The important stand taken by the teachers should be followed by employees at every workplace and industry around the world.

University of California wildcat strike continues despite quarantine measures

By Dan Conway, 13 March 2020

Despite the transition to online only instruction and efforts by the UAW to end the struggle, graduate students at two additional campuses joined the strike.

Lecturers and students rally during last week of UK national strike

By our reporters, 12 March 2020

Rallies were held in several university towns and cities around the UK Wednesday.

“There’s been no real discussion at all”

Educators speak out on threat of coronavirus in US schools

By Evan Blake, 11 March 2020

As a result of decades of defunding public education and the criminal negligence of the political establishment, US schools are wholly unprepared for the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Berkeley grad students vote to join wildcat strike as UAW scrambles to shut down struggle

By Jonathan Burleigh and Tom Hall, 11 March 2020

UAW Unit Chair Gerard Ramm declared that the union would not defend students who violated the no-strike clause in the UAW contract.

University and College Union prepares sellout of UK universities national strike

By Thomas Scripps, 11 March 2020

Higher education workers are striking against attacks on pay and pensions that are the direct result of the UCU’s previous betrayal less than two year ago.

Sweetwater teachers and students protest impending mass firing of teachers

Norissa Santa Cruz – Socialist Equality Party candidate for vice president of the United States, 11 March 2020

Teachers, students and parents in California’s Sweetwater school district demonstrated outside a school board meeting.

“We could win these demands if we united with other teachers”

St. Paul, Minnesota teachers strike

By Anthony Bertolt, 10 March 2020

The strike by 3,600 teachers in Minnesota’s state capital, the first since 1946, is part of a worldwide fight by educators against austerity.

Norissa Santa Cruz addresses University of California, Irvine strikers

California graduate student wildcat strike enters fifth week

By Jonathan Burleigh, 9 March 2020

As the strike spreads to administrative and professional workers at University of California's Hastings campus, Norissa Santa Cruz called at an organizing meeting at the Irvine campus for a break with the unions and a political struggle against the Democratic Party in defense of public education.

St. Paul, Minnesota teachers set to strike Tuesday

By Anthony Bertolt, 9 March 2020

Even as teachers ready themselves to fight, the union is doing everything it can to prevent a walkout or sabotage a strike if they cannot stop it.

Teachers in Mexico block major railway as government deploys National Guard

By Andrea Lobo, 9 March 2020

The response by President López Obrador to the blockades is directed at suppressing any struggles by teachers and other workers against social austerity and capitalist exploitation.

No Layoffs! No Cuts!

A fighting strategy to defend public education in San Diego’s Sweetwater Union High School district

By Evelyn Rios, 9 March 2020

The Socialist Equality Party calls on teachers, students and parents to form independent rank-and-file and neighborhood committees throughout the city to organize opposition to austerity and social inequality.

University of California graduate student strike: A struggle against the United Auto Workers and the Democratic Party

By Tom Hall, 7 March 2020

For two months, UC graduate students and teaching assistants have engaged in a wildcat strike, rebelling against the UAW to demand cost of living adjustments in one of the most expensive states in the US.

San Ysidro, California high school students walk out to oppose attacks on public education

Joseph Kishore – Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 7 March 2020

On Friday, March 6, hundreds of students at San Ysidro High School in San Diego, California walked out to oppose budget cuts and attacks on public education.

Australia: “Teachers for Assange and Manning” campaign in Melbourne

By Sue Phillips, 7 March 2020

The active intervention of teachers and education support staff is just one indication of the growing concern among millions of people that Assange’s persecution has immense implications.

SEP candidate Santa Cruz addresses UC San Diego rally

Students rally in defense of University of California strike

By Jonathan Burleigh, 6 March 2020

Thousands rallied yesterday across the University of California (UC) system as wildcat strikers shut down the Santa Cruz campus in defiance of the United Auto Workers union. Socialist Equality Party Vice Presidential candidate Norissa Santa Cruz addressed a rally at UC San Diego, urging them to expand and politicize the strike.

UK university strike confronts wholesale marketisation of higher education

By Thomas Scripps, 6 March 2020

The UK’s higher education sector is being moved into the orbit of global finance and subjected to its demands.

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate speaks with University of California strikers

By our reporters, 5 March 2020

Joseph Kishore spoke with striking grad students this week at UC Santa Cruz while SEP campaigners interviewed strikers and supporters at UC campuses in Los Angeles, San Diego and Irvine.

President of Wayne State University calls cops on lecturers protesting layoffs

By Laura Villon and Tom Hall, 5 March 2020

Opposition is mounting after 38 percent of lecturers received “notices of non-renewal” last month in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Detroit’s Wayne State University.

Striking University of California graduate students defy firings, expand strike

By Jonathan Burleigh, 3 March 2020

Thousands of graduate students and supporters rallied across California to demand higher wages and rehiring of over 100 victimized strikers. Administration, backed by the United Auto Workers, remains intransigent despite growing international support.

UK university workers face a political struggle against Johnson government

By Robert Stevens, 3 March 2020

The strike is the largest ever in higher education, with staff taking action at 74 universities.

“The grad students are putting their careers on the line, and I have to go out to support them”

University of California strikers defy firings and expand strike

By Jonathan Burleigh, 2 March 2020

As opposition grows to the vindictive firing of 80 striking grad students at the University of California Santa Cruz, the UAW and the Democratic Party are trying to contain the struggle before it triggers a broader movement of the working class.

Salt Lake City teachers stage one-day walkout

By William Frost and Evan Cohen, 2 March 2020

Salt Lake City teachers, some of the lowest paid in the US, staged a one-day walk-out in an attempt to secure increased funding for the city’s public-school system.

Workers must defeat the strikebreaking by the Democrats!

Stop the firings of University of California grad students!

Statement of Socialist Equality Party (US) Vice Presidential candidate Norissa Santa Cruz, 29 February 2020

Janet Napolitano, the UC president and Obama’s former director of Homeland Security, has fired 54 striking grad students for daring to fight for living wages and affordable housing.

St. Paul, Minnesota teachers prepare to strike as Twin Cities janitors hold 24-hour walkout

By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 29 February 2020

Some 3,600 teachers and staff at the Saint Paul public schools have voted by an 82 percent margin to grant strike authorization ahead of a March 10 contract deadline.

Over 200,000 teachers strike in Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, 29 February 2020

Thousands of teachers marched to the education ministry in Colombo as public school teachers across the island struck to defend free education and demand better salaries and conditions.

Sri Lankan teachers denounce the government and unions

By our reporting team, 29 February 2020

“It’s time for all workers—teachers and workers from the railway and the banks—to fight together and not be divided by their professions or trade unions.”

Strikers at UK universities speak on their working conditions, pay and pensions

“If you just marketise education, it is not a public service anymore; it is just a commodity”

By our reporters, 28 February 2020

World Socialist Web Site  reporting teams spoke to strikers on picket lines at universities in the UK during the first and second weeks of their ongoing 14-day strike.

Grad student strike spreads to two more University of California campuses

By Kayla Costa, 28 February 2020

Solidarity wildcat strikes by grad student workers at UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis joined the three-week strike by UC Santa Cruz students as the university system threatens mass firings.

San Diego educators and students protest devastating layoffs, program closures

By Evelyn Rios, 28 February 2020

Hundreds of protesters opposed the layoffs the school district and union agreed to.

After walkout of 200,000 teachers and support staff

Ontario’s education unions “suspend” most job actions

By Roger Jordan, 27 February 2020

Citing various pretexts, three of Ontario’s four teachers unions have called off planned walkouts this week.

As support for wildcat strike spreads

Unions work to defeat UC-Santa Cruz grad student strike

By Jonathan Burleigh, 27 February 2020

The UAW declared in an open letter at Berkeley that it would not defend the UCSC strikers or any UC Berkeley students who took sympathy wildcat action.

UC-Santa Cruz grad students continue wildcat strikes

By Anthony del Olmo, 26 February 2020

Another “Doomsday” rally is scheduled for Thursday, the new deadline set by the administration for grad students to end their strike or be fired.

Four months before 2020 contract fight: Detroit schools superintendent tells teachers “no increases”

By Nancy Hanover, 25 February 2020

Four years after Detroit teachers organized wildcat sickouts, the city’s schools remain on the brink.

Hundreds of San Diego teachers slated to receive layoff notices due to $30 million budget deficit

By Evelyn Rios, 24 February 2020

Sweetwater board of trustees will vote Monday to approve pink slips and closures of learning centers

“They would privatize everything if they could.”

Striking Ontario teachers speak out against Ford’s savage cuts

By a WSWS reporting team, 24 February 2020

“We can’t teach lessons anymore because class sizes and conditions have gotten so bad,” said a veteran teacher with 27 years’ experience who participated in Friday’s mass rally outside the Ontario legislature.

Oberlin College in Ohio plans to lay off 108 dining and custodial workers

By Isaac Finn, 24 February 2020

Students and faculty are protesting plans lay off 108 workers at the college in northwestern Ohio.

Two hundred thousand Canadian teachers strike, as global worker counter-offensive continues

By a WSWS reporting team, 22 February 2020

If education workers find themselves in the forefront of the fight against austerity, it is because capitalist governments view the dismantling of public education as a key element of their regressive agenda.

Demonstrations throughout California in support of wildcat strike by UC-Santa Cruz graduate teaching assistants

By Anthony del Olmo, 22 February 2020

Friday’s demonstrations were dubbed the “Doomsday Strike” in reference to the 11:59pm deadline set for UCSC TAs to submit Fall semester grades or be fired.

UC Santa Cruz graduate students defy administration ultimatum, vote to continue strike

By our reporters, 22 February 2020

While grad students, facing threats of dismissal and deportation, voted overwhelmingly to continue their wildcat strike, the UAW is seeking to contain the strike and prevent an open struggle against the Democrats.

Sri Lankan school teachers join rising opposition to Rajapakse government

By Kapila Fernando and Pradeep Ramanayake, 21 February 2020

In opposition to racist provocations whipped up by Sri Lanka’s ruling elite, teachers from the north and east of the island participated in the Colombo protest.

Support for UC Santa Cruz strike spreads to other campuses, faculty

By Jonathan Burleigh, 21 February 2020

The Faculty Senate passed a resolution in favor of striking students and demonstrations have spread to at least four other UC campuses.

Tens of thousands of UK university staff begin 14 days of strikes

By Simon Whelan and Robert Stevens, 20 February 2020

A series of rolling actions over the next three weeks will culminate in a week-long strike beginning March 9.

Mobilize the working class to defend the grad students at University of California-Santa Cruz

Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP vice presidential candidate, 20 February 2020

The conditions facing the graduate students are the conditions of an entire generation.

UC Santa Cruz graduate students call for expansion of wildcat strike

By Jonathan Burleigh, 19 February 2020

Striking University of California, Santa Cruz graduate students are bravely defying administration’s threats and intimidation as support grows across the UC system among students and faculty, and across the country.

Striking University of California-Santa Cruz grad students defy UAW, arrests and threats of termination

By Stewart Bernays and David Brown, 18 February 2020

UC president and former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano threatened to fire striking workers and demanded that they honor the contract imposed by the UAW.

Australian universities slash jobs in response to coronavirus travel ban impact

By Mike Head, 18 February 2020

As well as students having their lives and futures severely disrupted, thousands of casual academics are having their hours slashed.

Ontario teachers, locked out Regina refinery workers must wage a working-class political struggle

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 18 February 2020

To prevail in the struggle to defend their jobs, wages and social rights, workers must recognize that they are facing not simply an especially ruthless employer or right-wing government, but a class-war assault and a political struggle.

Quebec: Students protest against CAQ’s chauvinist “secularism” law

By Laurent Lafrance, 18 February 2020

Protest organizer Courtney Murdoch told the WSWS that Bill 21 “tells every minority group in Quebec that they don’t belong here, that they should be less visible, and that is not something we are willing to let pass.”

Chicago high school students hold sit-in in defense of students who refused to stand for national anthem

By Andy Thompson, 15 February 2020

The sit-in is an example of young peoples’ complete rejection of nationalism and racism promoted by the ruling class.

Concordia University in Portland, Oregon set to close by end of the semester

By Kayla Costa, 14 February 2020

The Board of Regents announced the closure on Monday, making the school the most recent victim of the financial pressures that small, private liberal arts schools confront on the privatized education market.

Rank-and-file teachers in Sydney adopt resolution defending Assange and Manning

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 February 2020

The resolution is the outcome of the initiative of the Committee For Public Education, acting independently of the trade union apparatus.

Staff, students and freedom of expression at Nashville art school threatened in takeover by religious university

By Warren Duzak, 6 February 2020

Watkins College of Art, long known for its artistic freedom, is being absorbed by Belmont University, where art and the teaching of art are censored.

Take up the fight for international socialism! Join the IYSSE!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 5 February 2020

One month into 2020, the crisis of capitalism threatens youth with the danger of nuclear war, authoritarianism, climate catastrophe and worsening inequality. International socialism is the answer.

Australia: New South Wales public school teachers continue to express outrage over union betrayal

By our reporters, 4 February 2020

Since school autonomy was introduced in 2012, casual or contract employment of teachers in NSW has soared by 40 percent.

Renowned Harvard chemistry professor charged with lying about ties to China

By Kevin Reed, 3 February 2020

There can be no question that the arrest of Dr. Charles Lieber is meant to intimidate American scientists from engaging in any way with their Chinese colleagues on scientific projects.

South Australian counsellor and educators speak on conditions in schools

By Sue Phillips, 30 January 2020

“It is very difficult to understand the complexities of a classroom until you’ve been in and taught in that classroom and you’ve tried to manage perhaps 28 or 32 students, all with varying needs.”

The way forward for Dutch teachers

By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 30 January 2020

Dutch teachers are mounting renewed strike action to demand funds for staff, facilities, increased pay and reduced workloads.

US Supreme Court considers ending ban on public funding for religious schools

By Nancy Hanover, 28 January 2020

On January 22, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a deeply reactionary case which takes aim at both the democratic principle of separation of church and state and the right to free, universal public education.

Union-backed arbitrator imposes pay freezes on Alberta teachers and nurses

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 28 January 2020

The decision means Alberta public school teachers will have been subject to wage freezes for seven of the last eight years.

As public support builds for Ontario teachers’ struggle, government denounces walkouts

By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 25 January 2020

A recent opinion poll has underscored that most Ontarians support teachers in striking against the Ford government’s class-size increases and gutting of education support services.

Ontario teachers to stage regional walkouts, as Ford government escalates threats

By Roger Jordan, 20 January 2020

While the unions are confining teachers to ineffectual one-day regional strikes, Ford and his ministers are plotting to ram through class-size increases and other cuts by outlawing all job action.

Drastic cuts to Rochester, New York schools

By Steve Filips, 20 January 2020

Ninety-five teachers have been laid off and 150 displaced in the Rochester City School District, due to massive over-spending, provoking immense anger among students, parents and staff.

An Open Letter to fellow Educators: Take a stand with Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By James McDonald, 15 January 2020

A long-time educator has submitted the following statement to the WSWS.

Thousands of Florida educators rally to demand increase in pay and school spending

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 January 2020

Defying threats of firings and massive fines for engaging in what some officials called an illegal strike, teachers rode chartered buses and car-pooled from as far away as Miami, nearly 500 miles from the state capital.

Rank-and-file teachers in San Diego County initiate fight against layoffs and school cuts

By Evelyn Rios, 13 January 2020

After union-sanctioned mass layoffs, San Diego area teachers call for rank-and-file committees in every school to mobilize students, parents and workers to defend hundreds of educators' jobs.

Boston area professor fired after anti-Trump Facebook posting

By Dan Conway, 11 January 2020

Asheen Phansey lost his career over statements made in jest, while Trump and his enablers in the Democratic Party make real threats against Iran without any consequences.

Teachers condemn union’s sell-out agreement in New South Wales

By our reporter, 10 January 2020

The New South Wales Teachers Federation held anti-democratic mass meetings last month, which did nothing to resolve the pay and workload crisis facing teachers.

Florida teachers to rally January 13 against attacks on public education

By Matthew MacEgan and Nancy Hanover, 10 January 2020

Next Monday, thousands of angry educators will descend upon Florida’s state capitol, Tallahassee, to protest the conditions of the state’s public education system.

Widespread opposition among South Australian teachers to union-government sell-out agreement

By Sue Phillips, 9 January 2020

The AEU claims that the government’s offer was passed by a narrow margin of 54–46 percent.

UAW capitulates to Harvard, shuts down grad student strike

By Kate Randall, 4 January 2020

The shutdown of the strike is a complete capitulation by the UAW, which exploited the genuine anger of graduate student workers over their exploitation by Harvard in a nearly month-long stunt that achieved virtually nothing.

Australian Labor and Liberal ministers agree on further regressive education measures

By Patrick Kelly, 31 December 2019

The Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Declaration subordinates education policy even more explicitly to the demands of the largest corporations for a trained and readily exploited workforce.

San Diego teachers notified of looming pink slips and layoffs

By Evelyn Rios, 28 December 2019

Amidst the continued cuts by the Sweetwater Union High School District, teachers are beginning to speak out in defense of their jobs and the future of education.

Democratic Party candidates posture at union-sponsored education forum

By Dan Conway, 19 December 2019

Both the presidential candidates and the teachers union officials present at the Pittsburgh forum have a proven track record of opposing and sabotaging teachers struggles.

UC Santa Cruz graduate students wildcat strike enters critical phase

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 18 December 2019

The students, whose demand is a “Cost of Living Adjustment” to their wages as Graduate Teaching Assistants, are withholding submitting the final grades for Fall quarter.

New York Times uses racial politics to promote charter schools

By Nancy Hanover, 14 December 2019

The New York Times recently published a dishonest article promoting racial politics in defense of charter schools.

Wave of teachers strikes confront attacks on pensions and working conditions in Brazil

By Tomas Castanheira, 13 December 2019

Bolsonaro’s government and its Economy Minister Paulo Guedes have made it clear that they aim to privatize all public services, including schools.

California graduate students on wildcat strike

By Evelyn Rios, 11 December 2019

Graduate students at the University of California, Santa Cruz are demanding raises to meet the cost of living in one of the country's most expensive regions.

The Reiss Center at NYU’s Law School: A think tank for the national security establishment and the Democratic Party

Part 2: The Reiss Center’s role in the impeachment crisis and anti-Russia campaign

the New York University IYSSE, 11 December 2019

The Reiss Center embodies the convergence of the interests of finance capital, the Democratic Party, and the military and intelligence apparatus.

Harvard grad student strike in second week

By Kate Randall, 10 December 2019

The UAW’s isolation of the strike is part of a deliberate strategy to defeat the struggle of graduate students.

The Reiss Center at NYU’s Law School: A think tank for the national security establishment and the Democratic Party

Part 1: Obama’s national security apparatus in exile

the New York University IYSSE, 10 December 2019

The Reiss Center embodies the convergence of the interests of finance capital, the Democratic Party and the military and intelligence apparatus.

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, 7 December 2019

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

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.

Ontario teachers strike against government assault on public education

By our reporters, 6 December 2019

Wednesday’s province-wide high school teachers’ strike won widespread support from parents, students and other working people.

Meeting of Australian teachers passes resolutions in defence of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 December 2019

The teachers have taken an important stand which points the way forward for other educators, and for all sections of the working class, in the fight for democratic rights and against the persecution of Assange.

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.

Thousands of teachers strike in Croatia

By Markus Salzmann, 5 December 2019

The teachers, on strike for over a month, are demanding increased wages and improved working conditions in schools and colleges.

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.

Ontario high school teachers stage one-day walkout Wednesday

By Roger Jordan, 4 December 2019

More than 60,000 Ontario high school teachers will walk off the job today in opposition to the sweeping cuts the provincial Conservative government is making to education and their terms of employment.

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.

Eight-day strike by 40,000 UK university workers begins

By Robert Stevens, 25 November 2019

More than 40,000 lecturers and other staff are striking for eight days at 60 higher education institutions from today against an onslaught on their pay, conditions and pensions.

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.