UFT Contract Would Expand Virtual Learning and Open the Door to School Privatization
A pilot virtual learning program is part of New York City’s new tentative contract agreement with the city’s teachers union. It’s not the win it’s cracked up to be.
Jai GellerJune 23, 2023
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. MehtaJune 1, 2022
Students Across Italy Demand an End to Unpaid, Obligatory Internships and the Resignation of the Education Minister
High-school students took to the streets in more than 40 Italian cities on Friday in a mobilization that revives the demonstrations that broke out after the death of student Lorenzo Parelli during an unpaid “training” internship.
Giacomo TurciFebruary 20, 2022
Students and Teachers Protest Oakland, California, School Closures with Walkouts and Hunger Strikes
In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, the school board in Oakland, California, has announced they will shutter or merge a long list of schools. It’s another blow against a majority minority city battered under capitalism by gentrification, wealth inequality, and growing homelessness.
Scott CooperFebruary 5, 2022
I Am a New York City Public High School Student. The Situation is Beyond Control.
An anonymous student spoke out on Reddit on January 6 to raise awareness of the impact of Omicron on students’ and teachers’ health, safety, and the state of education in schools in New York City.
Left VoiceJanuary 9, 2022
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 CozzarelliJanuary 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 CozzarelliJanuary 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 WoodNovember 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 WoodAugust 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 LeeApril 9, 2021