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
Philly Teachers Return to School, but the Fight for Safe Re-openings Continues
Again and again, Philly’s public school teachers have defied the school district, refusing to come back to unsafe buildings. This week, they won some concessions in a deal to reopen the schools. But major fights lie ahead.
Jason KoslowskiMarch 5, 2021
Biden is Forcing Schools to Administer Standardized Tests During a Pandemic
The Biden administration is forcing schools to administer standardized tests in the midst of the global pandemic. Last year, Donald Trump waived these tests due to the coronavirus.
Maria AurelioFebruary 23, 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 LeeFebruary 20, 2021
Reflections on Teaching When Your Classroom is 30 Degrees
I take pride in continuing to show up, open the windows, and teach as best I can. Also, it’s freezing.
K.S. MehtaFebruary 14, 2021
Chicago Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement to Reopen Schools
On Tuesday, Chicago teachers narrowly voted to approve a proposal from the CPS that would have them return to their classrooms over the next several weeks. Though much better than the original reopening plan, even the union leadership admits it is imperfect. A real victory can only come from the organized rank and file.
James Dennis HoffFebruary 11, 2021
Joe Biden is Leading The Battle to Reopen Schools, But Teachers Are Fighting Back
There is bipartisan unity around reopening schools thanks to the alliance between Joe Biden, local officials, and national union leadership. It’s time for teachers to fight.
Tatiana CozzarelliFebruary 9, 2021
Pennsylvania Teachers Prepared to Strike Amid Stalled Contract Negotiations
Teachers in Mars, Pennsylvania are prepared to strike if a fair contract is not reached by February 19.
Emma LeeFebruary 9, 2021
More Cuts at CUNY: Interview with a Grad Student Worker
Students, faculty, and staff at the City University of New York (CUNY) are grappling with another series of cuts by the administration. Left Voice interviewed a graduate student worker who holds multiple part time positions at CUNY to learn more about the austerity being imposed on the university.
Left VoiceFebruary 8, 2021