Magazine October 29, 2018, Issue

Year of the Strike

Teachers rally over pay and education funding outside the state capitol in Oklahoma City, Okla., April 3, 2018. (Nick Oxford/Reuters)
Across the country, teachers are demanding higher pay

A wave of teacher strikes that hit last spring has been the education story of 2018. And the strikes aren’t stopping any time soon. Before September was a week old, the United Teachers of Los Angeles had voted to authorize a strike in the nation’s second-largest school district. And the first day of classes was scratched in more than half a dozen Washington State school systems as teachers struck because of standoffs with school districts over how to allocate $2 billion in new court-ordered spending for teacher pay.

The strikes began last February, when West Virginia teachers staged a nine-day walkout.

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