Photo: In January 2019, more than 30,000 public school teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District went on strike to protest issues including large class sizes, a lack of certain staff support, and low salaries. (Getty Images)
Over the past couple of years, a growing number of states, cities, and school districts have witnessed teacher strikes. Teachers strikes are not new to the nation, but what has been noteworthy of late is the growing number of teachers who are pushing not only for increased pay but also for additional supports in the classroom.
Issues Raised at Recent Teacher Strikes
Within the past year, teachers in two of the three largest districts in the nation, Chicago and Los Angeles, hit the picket lines, and their demands were not solely about money. The primary points that the teachers in Chicago and Los Angeles were fighting for were:
- Reduced class sizes
- More school counselors, social workers, and nurses
- Additional librarians
- A greater investment in traditional public schools.
This trend for additional supports was seen the last few years by teachers in Denver, Colorado, and Oakland, California, as well as states like West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma, where educators are asking for a greater investment from their states in public education. These calls seem to be spreading nationally and seem to be about justice, equity, and better serving our most vulnerable students.
Take a look at what educators told HMH were their greatest concerns in the 2019 Educator Confidence Report (ECR) conducted in collaboration with YouGov.