Teacher Strikes Are in Full Effect

Teacher Strikes Are in Full Effect

A teacher’s strike is happening across the country with teachers demanding better funding and higher pay. Do you think this is going to make a difference?

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Public school teachers have long been forced to educate with inadequate resources while also being underpaid, which is why we have seen such large teacher strikes to start 2019.

It started in Los Angeles last month where over 30,000 educators walked out and went on strike (first time in the city in 30 years), leaving as many as 600,000 students without any idea of when their teachers would return to classes.

They did so after six days, after getting smaller class sizes, more nurses, more counselors, more librarians, and of course, salary raises.

But those are demands that most teacher unions across the nation are asking for, and we have seen, per CNN, unions in other cities act. Teachers in Oakland, CA, Virginia, South Carolina, and Denver, CO are, or were, on the verge of strikes, leading to potentially ugly negotiations where it’s the children who would take the biggest hit.

But it’s not hard to understand things from the teachers’ points of view.

Let’s take Virginia, for example. They are the nation’s 12th-richest state, but their teachers earn less than the national average of $50,000-$55,000. And since the Great Recession, funding has decreased 12%, adjusted for inflation. But those aren’t the only problems their teachers have faced.

“Every year in the winter, we lose heat for a week,” Sarah Pedersen, a sixth-grade teacher in Virginia, said.

“For the past eight weeks, my classroom has been either below 55 degrees or above 95 degrees because we are located above the boiler. My building is 100 years old. We don’t have the resources as a district to replace the boiler.”

Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposal, which would see an extra raise on top of the increase that is going to go into effect on July 1, is working its way to state Legislature.

In South Carolina, we saw teachers take personal days off to meet with lawmakers, with a 10% salary increase which would get them closer to the national average, as one of their bigger demands. As of 2017, the average salary for teachers in South Carolina was 38th out of our 50 states.

In Denver, teachers have gone on strike for the first time in 25 years. Both the school system and union made concessions in their negotiations but ultimately were not able to agree on pay, among other things. And now the students are joining their teachers.

In Oakland, educators are requesting a 12% pay increase while subsequently lowering class size. They are also hoping for more counselors and nurses so the number of students per counselor and nurse would be reduced to 250 and 750, respectively.

Many things can stand to improve for our nation’s educators, and it starts with their most basic of needs- better pay- which makes their strikes understandable.

But it’s bittersweet because their students are simultaneously acting as the collateral damage, which isn’t their intention, leading one to wonder how long the strikes will last. Read more about it here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

A teacher’s strike is happening across the country with teachers demanding better funding and higher pay. Do you think this is going to make a difference?

22% Someone will listen
78% Will do nothing
16% Someone will listen
84% Will do nothing
33% Someone will listen
67% Will do nothing

Someone will listen

Will do nothing

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