Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Reopening Schools in the Pandemic: Call for Submissions from Education Workers and Students

Schools and universities across the U.S. are currently preparing their reopening plans for the fall in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. We are asking for submissions from education workers and students on what this dangerous and ill-conceived reopening means to them. Send us your stories and testimonials at [email protected]

Left Voice

July 15, 2020
Facebook Twitter Share
Greg Kreller/IPT

With each passing day of summer, the new school year gets closer. When schools across the United States moved online in March and April, many hoped that the coronavirus pandemic would subside by the time autumn rolled around. However, due to extreme mismanagement by government at all levels and pressure from the capitalist class for businesses to reopen as quickly as possible, the number of cases in the United States has only continued to rise.

From preschools all the way up to graduate programs, some institutions have chosen to continue holding in-person classes in the fall, some have chosen to hold everything online, and many have chosen a blended model somewhere between the two. Still others have yet to announce any definitive plan at all. 

Public education is woefully underfunded even under normal circumstances, and CARES Act money is not nearly enough to fulfill all of the additional needs generated by the pandemic. Even though online learning is the best way to limit exposure to the virus, many students lack the technological access at home needed to participate, and many more depend on schools for meals, shelter, and safety. Additionally, although ICE has rescinded their initial policy dictating that international students whose schools in the United States move all-online must leave the country or be deported, the Department of Homeland Security has said they are still going to issue a new set of regulations in the coming weeks. Without a massive, immediate shift in education policy — unlikely to happen under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who is committed to as many schools reopening with as little investment in public education as possible — there is no good solution.

Given these circumstances, we are seeking contributions from students and from education workers of all kinds: teachers of any age group, school administrators, and staff members of any role. What is your school or district’s plan for the fall, and how will it affect you and your work? What do people need to know about the conditions that students and employees will be facing? 

We welcome articles, personal testimony, images, video-diaries, and other forms of contributions. Please email us at [email protected].

Facebook Twitter Share

Left Voice

Militant journalism, revolutionary politics.

Labor Movement

Starbucks Fires Joselyn Chuquillanqui in Retaliation for Union Organizing

Joselyn Chuquillanqui was fired after working at Starbucks for almost 7 years. She is just one of over 70 workers fired for organizing around the country as the company ramps up its union busting.

Luigi Morris

August 12, 2022

British Postal Workers Reject Below-Inflation Contract Offer and Announce Upcoming Strike

The union representing postal workers in Britain has announced four days of strikes in the coming weeks — the first such labor action since 2009.

With Nationwide Rallies, UPS Teamsters Kick Off Their 2023 Contract Campaign

Last week, UPS Teamsters organized rallies of thousands of workers across the country to kick off their 2023 contract campaign. Left Voice joined in solidarity.

Luigi Morris

August 10, 2022
Several Fordham adjuncts standing with their fists in the air.

Fordham University Hates Adjuncts

Fordham University remains committed to paying adjunct faculty far less than a living wage, depriving them of health benefits, and discriminating against faculty in the Graduate School of Social Services.

Olivia Wood

August 8, 2022

MOST RECENT

A young couple with their baby in front of the Capitol

Refugees Are Being Stranded in NYC – Both Parties Are to Blame

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been sending buses of refugees to New York City. As the refugee crisis worsens, the Left in the United States needs a clear strategy for solidarity.

Sam Carliner

August 15, 2022
Two Turkish military members stand in front of a tank with the Turkish flag in the foreground and another tank with military members is visible in the background.

Turkey’s Dirty War Rages in Kurdistan

Since the beginning of the year, Turkey has been waging a dirty war against Kurdistan, terrorizing the civilian population with chemical weapons and drone strikes. What’s behind the action, and how is Germany aiding the onslaught?

Tom Krüger

August 14, 2022
A black and white photograph of Paulo Freire.

A Critique of ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’

Recently a debate has been taking place inside the recently formed Revolutionary Socialist Organizing Project (RSOP), which centers around revolutionary organization, what methods are needed to politically develop the revolutionary vanguard and the broader working-class and oppressed masses, and other issues.

Kendall Gregory

August 14, 2022
Demonstrators chant in front of the White House during a climate march on October 12, 2021.

Democrats’ ‘Climate Bill’ Puts Polluters before People and the Planet

Congressional Democrats, supported by President Biden, just passed a major spending bill focused on climate change, health care, and taxes. But it’s no win for the climate or the working class.

Robert Belano

August 13, 2022