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Unsafe School Reopenings Aren’t About Kids. They’re About Capitalist Profits.

As Omicron surges across the country, capitalists are trying to get things “back to normal” at all costs. Unsafe school reopenings have nothing to do with students; they have everything to do with keeping the capitalist economy running.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

January 8, 2022

Chicago Teachers Are Locked Out After Voting for Remote Learning, Refusing to Enter Unsafe Classrooms

Amidst a massive coronavirus surge, Chicago public school teachers voted to return to classes remotely following winter break. Instead Mayor Lightfoot and the district cancelled all classes in a clear confrontation with the city’s teachers and threatened to place all teachers who don’t return by Wednesday on “no pay” status.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

January 5, 2022

North Carolina School Bus Drivers Begin Wildcat Strike for Higher Wages

In Wake County, North Carolina, about a third of all school bus drivers are refusing to drive their routes in protest of low wages and doubled and tripled workloads with no additional pay.

Olivia Wood

November 1, 2021

As the School Year Begins, America’s Children Are the Sacrificial Lambs of “Return to Normal”

Recent CDC data suggests that without masking or systematic testing, 91% of children under 12 could become infected with the delta variant of the coronavirus within three months. In many states, ICUs are already full. This could have been avoided if not for capitalists choosing profits over people’s lives.

Olivia Wood

August 31, 2021

Andrew Yang: Anti-Union Warrior for School Privatization

Andrew Yang, known for his short-lived 2020 presidential run, is one of the leading candidates for November’s mayoral race in New York City. Despite his supposedly progressive leanings, his support of charter schools and school choice, and his hostility toward teachers unions, reveal his alignment with the capitalist status quo.

Emma Lee

April 9, 2021

Mayor Lori Lightfoot: No Friend of Chicago Teachers

After reaching an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union for an improved but insufficient reopening plan, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has shown her true colors when it comes to the labor movement and democratizing Chicago Public Schools.

Emma Lee

February 20, 2021

As Death Rates Soar Teachers Speak Out on Unsafe School Reopenings

Two Indianapolis public school teachers question officials’ claims that schools are not a vector of Covid-19 transmission as the district sends students and staff back to buildings.

Left Voice

January 28, 2021

School Openings Leave Teachers “Literally Like Cannon Fodder”: Interview with a Tennessee Teacher

In a phone interview conducted on January 14, Left Voice caught up with Tennessee public high school teacher DJK Freeman about the continued negligence of school administrations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sarah Crowe

January 23, 2021

Massachusetts Teachers Refuse to Enter Unsafe Schools

Teachers across the country are fighting against unsafe school reopenings. In Massachusetts, educators and staff are engaging in work safety actions and refusing to enter school buildings without safety measures guaranteed.

Nina DeMeo

September 15, 2020