Teachers on strike: “Public schools everywhere get shortchanged”
It looks like 2019 is shaping up to be another year of teachers’ strikes.
Oakland, California educators picketed on Thursday with the goal of gaining more resources for students, such as smaller class sizes and more counselors. And in West Virginia, where teachers went on strike this week, teachers protested a proposed bill that would have provided them with a pay raise but contained measures they argued would siphon funding away from public schools. In Los Angeles, teachers went on strike in January to win measures like caps on class sizes.
Instead of the traditional labor protest over wages and benefits, teachers are calling out a wide range of problems that they argue weaken public schools. It’s a crisis that’s been in the works since cities and states cut their school funding during the recession. Even though the economy has since recovered, states on average are now paying $161 less per child than they did a decade ago, according to an analysis of Census data from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.