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School Vouchers: Another Scheme to Privatize Public Education

“School choice” is a trojan horse for school privatization. Vouchers only widen the gap between rich and working class families by treating students as products and pitting teachers against parents.

Chandler Black

September 8, 2020

NYC Teachers Were About to Strike… Then Union Leaders Cut a Backroom Deal

On Tuesday, the City of New York and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) announced a handshake deal, made without the input of UFT members, that will allow schools to reopen with in-person instruction in late September. The deal, which was made less than a day before an expected strike authorization vote, does nothing, however, to address the vast majority of the safety problems in schools, and it does not make any inroads in allowing teachers with high-risk family members to teach remotely.

Francesca Gomes

September 3, 2020

NYC School Workers Solidarity Campaign Rejects UFT President Michael Mulgrew’s Deal with Mayor Bill de Blasio

The union leadership of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) struck a deal on Tuesday with NYC city officials to postpone reopening by 10 days. This deal comes as the UFT Delegate Assembly was planning to vote for strike authorization against school reopening. Below we republish a press release from the NYC School Workers Solidarity Campaign on this decision.

The Case for a National Teachers’ Strike

The ruling class and their representatives want schools open at any cost to protect their profits. We need a national teachers’ strike to defend ourselves, fight back, and link our struggle to the wider movement against the cops and beyond.

James Dennis Hoff

August 6, 2020

Protesters Across U.S. Demand Safe Reopening of Schools in National Day of Resistance

On August 3, students, educators, and community-members across the U.S. took part in demonstrations to demand the “safe, racially just, and fully funded” opening of schools.

Jayne Smith

August 4, 2020

“We’re Part of the Reproduction of the Working Class”: Interview With An Oakland Teacher

Left Voice spoke with Michael Shane, a public school teacher and union activist in Oakland, California. He discussed what the district is doing to try and get teachers back in the classroom, how his union and others around California are responding, and why capitalism wants and needs the schools open.

Scott Cooper

August 3, 2020

“Situations Like This Are Why People Strike”: Interview with a Brooklyn Teacher

Left Voice speaks with Josh Kahn, a teacher in Brooklyn, about New York’s proposed reopening plan for schools. He says teachers need to organize to fight for the safety of workers and students in the face of a dangerous rush to put kids back in classrooms.

Left Voice

July 30, 2020

“People Are Going to Die Because of These Decisions”: Interview with a Philadelphia Teacher

As part of our ongoing series of educator perspectives on schools reopening, Left Voice spoke with Marina, a high school teacher in Philadelphia.  If you are an educator or student who would like to share your experience with COVID and/or school re-openings submit to [email protected]

Left Voice

July 27, 2020

“We Had Eight Bereavements in One Day”: Teaching Theatre in a Pandemic

A New Jersey theatre teacher discusses the inequities his low income students faced during online learning, how it felt to receive eight bereavement notices in one day, and his concerns about returning to school in the fall. If you are an educator or student who would like to share your experience with COVID and/or school re-openings submit to [email protected]

Left Voice

July 26, 2020