The ongoing teacher strike in Los Angeles won’t be this year’s only uprising of educators pushing for higher pay, better working conditions and changes to education policy.
With more than 30,000 members of the United Teachers Los Angeles union off the job since their strike began Monday, teachers from half a dozen public schools in Oakland, Calif., are preparing for their own walkout on Friday. Friday is also the deadline for teachers in Denver to reach a contract agreement with their district, and the union has scheduled a strike vote for Saturday if that doesn’t happen.
Meanwhile, teachers in Chicago, Indiana and Virginia are all weighing various actions — formal strikes, walkouts or other demonstrations — over what they say is the underfunding of their schools. This follows a year in which teachers across the country — sometimes across an entire state — went on strike or protested in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Oklahoma and West Virginia.