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Offline DarkandStormy

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Teacher Walkouts
« on: May 04, 2018, 10:42:31 AM »
https://apnews.com/c395a8e2ba514e8b94c49bdd4d4ecd30/Striking-Arizona-teachers-win-20-percent-raise,-end-walkout

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The Arizona governor signed a plan Thursday to give striking teachers a 20 percent pay raise, ending their six-day walkout after a dramatic all-night legislative session and sending a majority of the state’s 1 million public school students back to the classroom.

The Arizona teacher walkouts followed similar demonstrations this year in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma.

Teacher salaries in some states have been frozen or even declined over the last decade.  Education budgets have been slashed as well, leaving schools and teachers low on funds to buy basic supplies.

The states are led by GOP state legislatures and/or governors who promised that lower taxes would mean more tax revenue, but that hasn't materialized.  As such, the education budget cuts that came after 2008/2009 have never bounced back, leaving teachers in difficult positions.

There are rumblings that Mississippi and North Carolina could be next to follow.
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Re: Teacher Walkouts
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2018, 10:17:05 AM »
https://apnews.com/3d9b48040c6a4001a7dce806803fda1b

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housands of teachers are set to hit the streets of North Carolina’s capital on Wednesday, determined to force a political showdown over wages and funding priorities for public school classrooms in this conservative, tax-cutting state.

As many as 15,000 teachers were expected to defy forecasts of rain for a rally in Raleigh as the Republican-dominated state legislature begins its annual session. Previous strikes, walkouts and protests in West Virginia, Arizona, Kentucky, Colorado and Oklahoma have led legislators in each state to improve pay, benefits or overall school funding.

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Re: Teacher Walkouts
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 12:43:33 PM »
North Carolina used to be the place to be for teachers, say, 10 years ago.

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Re: Teacher Walkouts
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2018, 02:17:55 PM »
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/26/17494136/oklahoma-primary-election-teacher-candidates

Oklahoma teachers went on strike. Nearly 100 of them are now running for office to unseat Republican lawmakers.