Education in the US
By Kristina Betinis, 23 May 2013
The City of Chicago announced the closing of more than 49 public schools, facilitated by the Chicago Teachers Union and its political allies, including the International Socialist Organization.
By Nick Barrickman, 23 May 2013
The District of Columbia possesses the highest concentration of charter schools of any city in the United States save for New Orleans.
By Naomi Spencer, 20 May 2013
Nearly 50 Michigan school districts are operating with a deficit.
By Alexander Fangmann, 18 May 2013
The Chicago Teachers Union, whose leaders include members of the International Socialist Organization, is seeking to stifle opposition to school closings by promoting racial politics.
By Nick Barrickman, 18 May 2013
A proposed injunction to halt the closure of one in ten public schools in the District of Columbia has been denied in federal court.
By Shannon Jones, 16 May 2013
The state of Michigan restored funding to the district after the school board agreed to a drastic deficit reduction plan.
By a WSWS reporting team, 14 May 2013
The district has agreed to massive budget cuts as a condition for receiving state aid.
By Nick Barrickman, 14 May 2013
City officials have seized upon the school system’s $300 million budget deficit to demand further cutbacks in education.
By A. Woodson, 13 May 2013
Students began a sit-in to protest the imposition of tuition at one of the few remaining free institutions of higher learning in the US.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 May 2013
Ypsilanti teachers expressed shock and anger over the mass layoff and worsening social conditions.
By Adam Sagitov, 10 May 2013
Reclassifying the majority of D.C. public schools as “small schools” will reduce their funding by $8 million.
By Zac Corrigan, 9 May 2013
Many questions remain unanswered following the closure of schools in the small community outside of Saginaw.
By Bryan Dyne, 9 May 2013
One quarter of Walled Lake Consolidated School District bus drivers called in sick Wednesday to protest the sell-off of their jobs.
By Jerry White, 7 May 2013
Obama administration Education Secretary Arne Duncan joined Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder on Monday to promote the attack on teachers and public education.
By Naomi Spencer, 3 May 2013
On Friday, teachers at Ypsilanti Public Schools and neighboring Willow Run Community Schools, just west of Detroit, will be notified whether they will be rehired next year to fill fewer positions in a new unified district.
By Trent Novak, 30 April 2013
Beginning on July 1, interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans for college undergraduates are expected to double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent.
By Zac Corrigan, 27 April 2013
The percentage of 25-year-olds with student debt has grown by nearly one third, and the average amount owed has risen by 91 percent.
By Danielle DeSaxe, 16 April 2013
The Obama administration has announced that Head Start, a federally funded program that provides preschool for low-income families, will face cuts.
By Dan Brennan, 11 April 2013
Hundreds of high school students in Newark, New Jersey walked out of class Tuesday to protest millions of dollars in education cuts.
By Allison Smith and Phyllis Scherrer, 11 April 2013
Common Core standards are being implemented in K-12 classrooms across the US this year. They have been promoted by the Obama administration, corporations and teachers’ unions.
By our reporter, 11 April 2013
A kindergarten teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District in Southern California spoke with the WSWS about the impact of the Common Core curriculum.
By Zac Corrigan, 11 April 2013
Various state programs divert an ever-increasing amount of funding from the public education system to private schools.
By Kristina Betinis and Jeff Lusanne, 10 April 2013
The overwhelming majority of those hit by the shutdown of public schools in Chicago come from poor and low-income families.
By Khara Sikhan, 10 April 2013
Rising numbers of US teenagers feel compelled to join the workforce to supplement strained household budgets.
By Juan Verala Luz and Marc Wells, 9 April 2013
Proposed California Assembly Bill 375, sponsored by Democrats and supported by the union, expedites the firing of teachers.
By Steve Filips, 6 April 2013
State aid to public schools has not increased at a rate that will prevent many districts from laying off staff.
Letter from Washington, DC
5 April 2013
The WSWS received this letter from a teacher in Washington, D.C., where school administrations are targeting one in ten public schools for closure.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 3 April 2013
The types of practices exposed in Atlanta are the inevitable outcome of the reactionary drive to dismantle public education in the name of “reform.”
By Niles Williamson, 1 April 2013
Community colleges are experiencing declining enrollment due to historic cuts to state funding, while demand for a community college education is at record highs.
By Kevin Martinez, 1 April 2013
For the fifth year in a row, thousands of layoff notices were sent out to teachers in mid-March across California.
By Zac Corrigan, 1 April 2013
State governments in the US have cut funding to public higher education by 28 percent since the beginning of the recession.
By Elliott Vernon, 30 March 2013
Camden, among the poorest cities in the US, became the fourth city in New Jersey to see its public schools fall under state control.
Protest against school closures in Chicago
By Jeff Lusanne and Shane Feratu, 29 March 2013
The school closure plan—one of the largest in US history—is the direct outcome of the CTU's betrayal of the teachers strike.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 27 March 2013
This statement is being distributed at a demonstration of Chicago teachers today.
By a WSWS reporting team, 26 March 2013
On March 21, the city of Chicago announced the closure of 61 public schools and the “turnaround” of 6 others, where all teachers and staff are fired and school management is privatized.
By Alexander Fangmann, 25 March 2013
The announcement of plans to shut down 61 schools in Chicago, Illinois marks a new stage in the social counterrevolution in America.
By Phyllis Scherrer and Samuel Davidson, 25 March 2013
Teachers, parents and students in Strongsville, Ohio rallied last week as instructors concluded the third week of their strike.
By Shane Feratu, 23 March 2013
The elimination of 13 percent of Chicago public school buildings is one of the largest mass school closures in US history.
By Kristina Betinis, 23 March 2013
After the closure of 61 schools was announced by the Chicago public schools district, Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis made clear that the union supports shutting schools.
By Phyllis Scherrer, 18 March 2013
Teachers entered the second week of their strike in Strongsville, Ohio, as a federal mediator called for talks.
16 March 2013
Chicago parents and students speak on the need for a struggle to defend public education.
By Steve Light, Alan Whyte and and A. Woodson, 14 March 2013
More New York City school closings and co-locations were approved by the Bloomberg-controlled Panel on Educational Policy, in defiance of the views of the majority of parents and teachers.
By Marcus Day, 11 March 2013
Building and food service workers at University of Illinois voted down a proposed contract over the weekend and walked off the job Monday morning.
By Nancy Hanover, 11 March 2013
Student loan debt securities are in hot demand from investors, as student debt levels reach new highs. Sequester cuts will add to the burden.
By Nick Barrickman, 9 March 2013
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to close several dozen public schools in the city by the end of June.
By Phyllis Scherrer, 7 March 2013
The Strongsville, Ohio school board is seeking the elimination of seniority protections and changes to pension and health care plans.
By Dan Conway, 22 February 2013
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and several high-profile donors are spending millions of dollars to elect “pro-reform” candidates to the board of education in Los Angeles.
By Kristina Betinis, 18 February 2013
Hundreds of parents, students and teachers have attended meetings in Chicago, Illinois on the imminent closure of over 100 schools.
By Charles Bogle and Fred Mazelis, 18 February 2013
A review article on A People’s History of the US in the current issue of American Educator lays bare the union leadership’s slavish support for American capitalism.
By Gabriel Black, 15 February 2013
Under the cloak of a small increase in school funding, the budget opens the way for the dramatic expansion of charter schools.
By Dan Conway and Itza Cantu, 15 February 2013
The “Parent Revolution” organization manipulates parent discontent to charterize struggling Los Angeles public schools.
By Andre Damon, 13 February 2013
The assault on New York City school bus workers by Mayor Michael Bloomberg is part of a nation-wide campaign to dismantle public education.
By Samuel Davidson, 11 February 2013
Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett is seeking deep cuts to basic programs and tax breaks for business.
By Naomi Spencer, 8 February 2013
The layoff of 100 professors at Bowling Green State University will mean fewer classes, heavier workloads for faculty, and delays in graduation times.
By Nick Barrickman and Jerry White, 31 January 2013
While parents, teachers and students want to fight the school closures, the WTU declares that its job is to be the advocate for those who “will ultimately be displaced.”
By Nancy Hanover, 31 January 2013
There has been an explosive growth of a new business model organized by a variety of exploitive American entrepreneurs.
By Julien Kiemle, 30 January 2013
The closing of 11 elementary schools in Sacramento is part of a broader assault on the right to education.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 29 January 2013
The Socialist Equality Party calls on all workers, teachers, students, youth and residents of Philadelphia to form action committees to organize the defense of public education.
By Walter Gilberti, 29 January 2013
Detroit has been ravaged by a decades-long campaign of school closings, job destruction, and the unfettered spread of charter schools.
By our reporters, 25 January 2013
Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party received an enthusiastic response at a public meeting of about 300 when they called for opposition to all school closures.
By Adam Sagitov and Nick Barrickman, 23 January 2013
The DC education chancellor released a finalized list of 15 public school closures slated for this year and next.
By a reporting team, 22 January 2013
Community members expressed outrage at a public forum on the plan of the Philadelphia school board to consolidate schools.
By Nick Barrickman, 7 January 2013
Last month’s firings have driven the number of workers employed by local government to their lowest levels since 2005.
By Trent Novak and Nick Barrickman, 5 January 2013
The Philadelphia School District announced plans to shutter 37 public schools by the end of June.
By Charles Bogle, 3 January 2013
Higher education scholarships based on need are being replaced by merit-based scholarships at a time when working class and poor students are finding college education increasingly beyond their reach.
By Matthew MacEgan, 17 December 2012
A list of the top ten earners in 2010 shows that each had a total income falling between $1.5 million and $3 million per year.
By Nick Barrickman, 14 December 2012
The US Department of Education announced that the Knowledge Is Power Program has been declared the winner of a grant from the Obama administration.
By Lauren Hughes, 13 December 2012
Oregon, student, student debt, Stafford loan
By Marcus Day, 13 December 2012
The new contract is part of an overall attack on public education throughout the state of Illinois and across the country.
By Ed Hightower and Nick Barrickman, 8 December 2012
At a public meeting held by school authorities, parents and teachers spoke out against the consolidation of the district and the shutting down of 20 schools.
By Trent Novak and Nick Barrickman, 7 December 2012
An examination of the personnel behind the charterization of the Washington, D.C. school system reveals private profit as the motive.
By Walter Gilberti, 6 December 2012
A meeting on state legislation aimed at further expanding charter and online education schemes drew a large crowd in Rochester, Michigan Monday.
By Steve Light, 5 December 2012
When New York City schools re-opened for their 1.1 million students and 100,000 staff a week after Hurricane Sandy hit, 57 of 1,700 school buildings in New York City remained closed due to damage and 29 due to lack of electricity.
University of Illinois graduate assistants:
Reject the sellout contract! Fight to defend the right to higher education and decent living standards!
By Socialist Equality Party, 4 December 2012
The SEP calls on graduate assistants to reject the concessions agreement the Graduate Employees Organization has reached with the University of Illinois administration.
By Ed Hightower and Nikolai Barrickman, 30 November 2012
Parents, students and teachers have reacted in anger to a plan to close 20 public schools in Washington, D.C.
By Marcus Day, 29 November 2012
Leaders of the Graduate Employees Union (GEO) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign signed a tentative agreement Tuesday containing major wage and health care concessions.
By Kristina Betinis and Jerry White, 27 November 2012
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Schools district (CPS) are moving ahead with plans to close as many as 120 public schools, and open up 60 new charter schools over the next few years. About 140 schools have been identified by the district as half-empty, and are expected to be the first targeted for closure. The closings would eliminate the jobs of thousands of teachers and school support staff.
By Marcus Day, 20 November 2012
Last week, members of the Graduate Employees Organization at University of Illinois voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.
By Nick Barrickman, 19 November 2012
The planned closures, consisting of mostly elementary and middle schools, would largely fall on the impoverished southeast section of the city.
By Shane Feratu and James Brewer, 14 November 2012
Following the sellout of the Chicago teachers' strike last September, suburban teachers have been hit with concessions contracts.
By Nancy Hanover, 13 November 2012
The Obama administration has continued the overall trend of pricing the working class out of higher education.
By J.W. Stern, 7 November 2012
Tuition at Washington state community colleges is now as expensive as its public universities were a decade ago.
By Phyllis Scherrer, 29 October 2012
The teachers union and the Newark, New Jersey school board have reached a tentative contract on a "pay for performance" plan.
Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP US vice presidential candidate
By Phyllis Scherrer (SEP US vice presidential candidate), 26 October 2012
The following statement was issued by Phyllis Scherrer, the Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate in the 2012 elections. Scherrer is a teacher in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.
By Bryan Dyne, 10 October 2012
The federal government is expanding its lawsuit campaign to recover the $76 billion of the $1 trillion of student debt that is in default.
By Bryan Dyne, 1 October 2012
The Pew Research Center reports that 19 percent of all US households in 2010 owed student loans, with average outstanding debt loads of nearly $26,700.
For a political offensive of the working class to defend public education
By Socialist Equality Party, 1 October 2012
The SEP calls on teachers to reject the sell-out agreement reached between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools.
By Lawrence Porter, 28 September 2012
Chicago Public Schools nurses describe how the cuts in public education have affected nurse-student ratios, putting the health of students at risk.
By Joseph Kishore, 20 September 2012
Chicago teachers returned to work on Wednesday, one day after the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) succeeded in passing a motion to end the strike at a House of Delegates meeting.
By Joseph Kishore, 19 September 2012
The Chicago Teachers Union succeeded in obtaining a vote by 800 delegates who met Tuesday evening to end the nine-day strike.
By Joseph Kishore, 18 September 2012
The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates is set to vote today on continuing or ending the strike, with city officials holding out the threat of a court injunction.
Mayor threatens injunction
By Joseph Kishore, 17 September 2012
The vote by teachers Sunday is a blow to the Chicago Teachers Union leadership, which is seeking to push through a contract that accepts all of the major demands of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 September 2012
At a delegates meeting on Sunday, the Chicago Teachers Union will seek to push through an agreement that accepts all the essential demands of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
By a WSWS reporting team, 14 September 2012
Reporters for the World Socialist Web Site campaigned at picket lines and at the mass rally in downtown Chicago on the fourth day of the Chicago teachers strike. .
By Kevin Martinez and Juan Verala Luz, 14 September 2012
A survey released last week by the California Community Colleges system documents the desperate state of two-year colleges in the state.
By Patrick Martin, 13 September 2012
The Chicago teachers have courageously defied the gang-up of both corporate-controlled parties—the Democrats and Republicans—together with the media and the financial elite.
By Joseph Kishore, 13 September 2012
A central issue in the struggle of Chicago teachers is the plan by the city, backed by the Obama administration, to privatize large sections of the school district.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 September 2012
The strike by 26,000 Chicago teachers completed its second day on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of teachers and their supporters gathered at a mass rally in downtown Chicago, filling several city blocks.
By Bryan Dyne, 12 September 2012
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to Chicago teachers on the second day of their strike.
By Joseph Kishore, 11 September 2012
The strike pits the more than 25,000 teachers against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Obama administration and the entire political establishment.