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‘It’s Devastating’: NYC Schools Face Enormous Budget Cuts

Left Voice publishes an interview with a teacher at New York City’s MS 839, who has been organizing with his school community against the city’s school budget cuts.

Emma Lee

June 20, 2022

Texas Shooting Reveals Insufficiency of Mental Health Care in Schools

In the wake of yet another deadly school shooting, it is imperative to increase the mental health resources available in schools to both provide support for the students that are exposed to such devastating violence and to intervene earlier to prevent such violence from occurring in the first place.

K.S. Mehta

June 1, 2022

“I’ve Never Felt So Powerful”: On the Picket Line of the Minneapolis Educator Strike

Minneapolis teachers enter week 2 of their strike. The atmosphere is electric and teachers are fighting to win. It's a strike for not only teachers, but for the whole community. And in the home of the George Floyd uprising, it is a struggle for Black lives.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

March 15, 2022

Twin Cities Educators Discuss Black Struggle and Workplace Militancy

In the context of a possible teachers strike in the Twin Cities, we spoke with three Minnesota educators about the intersection of Black struggle and workplace mobilization.

Adnan Ahmed

February 21, 2022

From Puerto Rico to Minnesota, Teachers are Rising Up Again

With inflation continuing to rise, contract struggles, particularly among public sector unions, could become increasingly militant as workers look to regain lost wages. Already, teachers in Puerto Rico and Minnesota are leading the way with strikes, strike votes, and demonstrations.

James Dennis Hoff

February 15, 2022

Conservatives Want to Ban All My Favorite Books

Conservatives across the country have launched an offensive against the teaching of almost any text that honestly examines or criticizes the history of racism, sexism, and gender oppression in the U.S. In this article, originally published on the Stone Soup Magazine blog, nine year old Emma Hoff defends the right for young people to read what they want and decries conservatives’ attempts to hide the truth from them.

Emma Hoff

February 1, 2022

A Working-Class Program for Safe School Reopenings

Schools have been at the center of the capitalist strategy to reopen the economy for nearly two years. But the decision to reopen schools shouldn’t be up to the capitalists — it should be decided by the people who live and work within their communities. Here we present a working-class program for safe school reopenings.

Carmin Maffea

January 28, 2022

“I Want to Thank the Staff That Held the Line”: Interview with a Chicago Teacher

Earlier this month, teachers in Chicago voted to resume remote learning rather than return to unsafe working conditions. In response, Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot locked the teachers out of their classes and threatened to stop paying them. After a few days, the Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates voted to suspend the teachers’ action and called them to in person classes. We spoke to a Chicago teacher about this struggle and what it means for educators across the country.

Left Voice

January 17, 2022

French Government Gives Crumbs in Response to Historic Education Strike. The Mobilizations Must Continue and Expand!

Tens of thousands of education workers, students, and parents, took to the streets across France on Thursday, January 13. The government is trying to calm the anger with crumbs, but the chaotic Covid-19 protocols and lack of resources remain unchanged. It’s time to keep up the mobilizations and demand that the unions create a battle plan going forward that will involve the entire working class.

Cécile Manchette

January 15, 2022