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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:29 pm

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Oklahomans Oust GOP Lawmakers Opposed to Teacher Raises With Tax Hikes

During Oklahoma's runoff primary elections on Tuesday night, six more state representatives lost their bid for re-election as Republican voters continue to oust lawmakers who opposed a tax hike to fund teacher pay raises.

Back in June's primaries, the Oklahoma House of Representatives saw five lawmakers sent packing after being voted out of office by conservative constituents. Those representatives had also been opponents of the tax hike on fuel, cigarettes and energy production that was used to pay for teacher salary increases.

The tax rise resulted in an average teacher pay raise of just over $6,000 annually and is the first salary increase for Oklahoma teachers in a decade. Even after more than a dozen Republican representatives challenged the bill, it was eventually passed by the state's Senate in late March.

But before the legislation was passed, 19 House Republicans voted against it. Now, after the latest round of elections, eight of those lawmakers have been defeated, the Associated Press reported. Seven others involved in the controversy decided not to run for re-election at all. Only four of the representatives have managed to advance to the general election this November.
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Addie wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:29 pm
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Oklahomans Oust GOP Lawmakers Opposed to Teacher Raises With Tax Hikes
This makes me sooooo happy! :dance: :banana: :clap:
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Sunrise wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:36 pm
Addie wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:29 pm
Newsweek
Oklahomans Oust GOP Lawmakers Opposed to Teacher Raises With Tax Hikes
This makes me sooooo happy! :dance: :banana: :clap:
YES!!!! I was involved as a teacher in lobbying the legislature many years ago about salaries and other issues. Having public support made all the difference to us and when there was a strike once I became an attorney for public school employees. :dance:
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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:02 pm

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Teachers have been walking out all year. Now they're walking straight to the ballot box

What unfolded in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona last spring was not supposed to happen. Tens of thousands of teachers went on strike in bright red states where government-employee unions are weak.

They were boiling over, angry at low pay and lawmakers who kept cutting taxes while letting school funding sink to woeful levels. The teachers in those states won raises, and so did the ones who walked out in Kentucky and Colorado.

On the eve of Labor Day, many teachers are still boiling over. More than 30,000 teachers in Los Angeles voted Thursday to authorize a strike if their union and school district fail to agree on a contract. Earlier in the week, teachers in Seattle voted to strike in September if their union and school district don’t reach a deal. And North Carolina’s teachers are inching closer toward a statewide walkout.

Whether or not the strike wave continues, it’s clear that teachers and their unions have been galvanized into focusing on the November elections. They are seeking to elect lawmakers who will support public education, not starve it. Some teachers are trying to become lawmakers themselves. ...

In some states, teachers have adopted an additional strategy. As Republican lawmakers champion austerity and tax cuts, unions in Colorado are pushing a ballot initiative to increase school funding. The referendum would raise the income tax for people earning more than $150,000 a year, and also the corporate income tax.
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Post by Addie » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:28 am

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Los Angeles Braces for Major Teachers’ Strike

LOS ANGELES — There are 900 schools, 30,000 teachers and more than 600,000 students in the Los Angeles public school system. By the end of the week, a teacher strike could throw them all into crisis.

After months of failed negotiations, teachers are expected to walk off the job on Thursday, in a show of frustration over what they say are untenable conditions in the second-largest school system in the country.

Teachers and other employees in the Los Angeles Unified School District are demanding higher pay, smaller class sizes and more support staff like counselors and librarians. But district officials say that they do not have the money to meet all of the demands and that the strike would do more damage to schools than good.

A strike in Los Angeles would offer a new stage for the national teacher protest movement, which in the last year has driven walkouts against stagnant pay and low education funding in six states. A walkout in staunchly liberal Los Angeles would also signal a major shift in a movement that has spread mostly in conservative or swing states with weaker unions.

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Post by Addie » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:24 am

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'A watershed moment': 31,000 Los Angeles teachers prepare to strike

The fight in Los Angeles is, essentially, a bitter family squabble over dizzying challenges and dismally inadequate resources


A nationwide teachers’ revolt that last year saw walkouts in West Virginia, Oklahoma and other largely Republican-run states has now spread to California, where teachers and support staff in the vast, sprawling, predominantly low-income Los Angeles Unified School District are on the verge of striking.

About 31,000 members of the local teachers’ union are threatening to walk off the job on Monday to demand better pay, lower class sizes and improved student access to nurses, psychological counselors and other key services.

Their union, United Teachers Los Angeles, has been fighting with the school district – America’s second largest – for more than a year. Both sides agree that schools are underfunded and teachers underpaid, but that has not prevented trust between the two sides from eroding to a vanishing point.

In contrast to the disputes in Oklahoma and other red states, where the fight has been seen as one pitting teachers and administrators against tight-fisted conservative legislators, the fight in Los Angeles is, essentially, a bitter family squabble over dizzying challenges and dismally inadequate resources.

The district has proposed a 6% pay rise over the first two years of a new three-year contract. The union wants a 6.5% raise right away as well as a flurry of new hiring and other school resources. ...

The difference between the two sides, which shows no sign of being resolved, is likely to lead to major disruptions across the city if the threatened strike becomes a reality. The district wants students to come to school even if teachers are not there, but has hired just 400 extra support staff to take the place of 31,000 unionized workers. Nobody knows what largely unsupervised schools are going to look like, especially if the walkout stretches out over days or weeks.

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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:47 am

LAUSD teachers go on strike for the first time in 30 years

https://www.latimes.com/local/education ... story.html
Los Angeles teachers braved cold, drizzly weather Monday morning as they walked off the job in their first strike in 30 years to demand smaller class sizes, more support staff at schools and better pay.

Schools will be open but it’s unknown how many students will head to classes in the nation’s second-largest school system. Some will be joining their teachers on the picket line.

For those who go to school, the day is unlikely to follow routines as volunteers, an estimated 400 substitutes and 2,000 staffers from central and regional offices fill in for 31,000 teachers, nurses, librarians and counselors. At 10 schools, nonteaching employees will take part in a sympathy strike, which will create additional headaches as administrators struggle to manage such tasks as preparing and serving meals.

It was still dark when physical education teacher Lin Joy Hom rolled up about 6:15 a.m. to the gate that leads to the Marshall High School parking lot on Griffith Park Boulevard, with “UTLA strong” emblazoned in red letters on her car windows. Fellow P.E. teacher Orquida Labrador — Hom’s coworker and a 1987 Marshall alumnus — hurried to help her unload water bottles and doughnuts for the educators on the picket line.
So, 2400 staffers and volunteers are going to fill in for 31,000 teachers, nurses, librarians and counselors. That's not even 10%. Wouldn't send my children to school under those conditions.
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Post by kate520 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:28 am

LAUSD is woefully underfunded. It serves the some of the poorest communities in California. In the more ritzy school districts, parents pay thousands per year during fund drives - you get yard signs that say tell everyone you’ve paid your annual nut, it’s a kind of shaming thing.

Though we don’t have the terrible weather in winter, our schools also have 45 kids per class, nowhere near enough resources, non-functioning restrooms in run-down buildings, peeling lead paint, holes in walls, cucarachas, gang violence, little-no extra money for art, music, athletics. Sometimes, if they can, the parents will band together and pay a teacher themselves, after school hours, to bring art and music to their kids. It is pathetic.

Thirty years ago the district built a new middle school downtown to serve around 2000 students...on a superfund site. The saga is indicative of the LAUSD’s mindset. The tried to convince the parents that hexavalent chromium was safe.
It sits upon a subterranean reservoir of hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen, whose origin is the subject of a current lawsuit. And carcinogens trichlorethylene, methylene chloride and chloroform remain in the soil and possibly in the air.
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(Tom)Hayden's inquiry was the second state hearing regarding Jefferson and LAUSD school-safety issues; last summer, Assemblyman Scott Wildman made headlines with the revelation that LAUSD has a policy of siting new schools on industrial, largely toxic properties. Hayden's hearing brought forth more revelations: that the district had been out of compliance with state law, had violated its air-quality operating permit (113 separate violations were ultimately cited), and that its Health Risk Assessment - the document proving its safety for occupancy - had to be thrown out.
https://www.laweekly.com/news/the-saga- ... ol-2129957

Granted this was a long time ago, but don’t think for a minute all change has been good.

But this happened at around the same time. It was a pattern.
This site was to be the home of the Belmont Learning Complex, called the most expensive school in America, with its $200 million price tag. The development was originally conceived in 1985 by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a middle school to alleviate the severe overcrowding in the area. The project ballooned into a planned thirty-five-acre, state-of-the-art, Internet-wired senior high campus, with a shopping mall to jump-start commercial development in the area, 120 affordable apartments to address the housing crunch, classrooms and innovative “academies” for 5,000 students.

More than ten years later, however, the Belmont development is mired in controversy over “waste, fraud and abuse” (as one state assemblyman put it), lack of accountability and the public’s discovery of what at least some in the school district already knew–that explosive methane gas, poisonous hydrogen sulfide, volatile organic compounds such as acetone, the carcinogen benzene and residual crude oil saturated the earth where the school was being built, on top of a former oilfield and industrial site.
https://www.thenation.com/article/school-wasnt/

It’s hard to find enough uncontaminated land here to build 1 school, let alone a school complex. Industrial, aerospace mostly were completely unregulated for decades. The street mr520’s factory is on was a superfund cleanup site in the early 90s. The businesses in the area, none of which were the culprits, were required to mitigate the damages. Some got state help; the ones that didn’t went under.

It’s a :pickle: . Los Angeles is a hot mess in some ways but everyone wants to live here. The teachers and county have been negotiating for a very long time. The teachers have always gotten far less than what they need, and graft and grift are still huge problems in the county. :pickle:

I don’t have school kids anymore so the strike doesn’t affect me. I know this will throw families into chaos for a bit, but this strike is necessary for the kids of the future.

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LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, an investment banker with no experience whatsoever in education, says the district cannotafford to meet our demands, yet the neutral fact-finder in our dispute confirmed that there is a $1.8 billion budget reserve. Still, the district claims it is in danger of becoming insolvent
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Post by Fortinbras » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:57 am

The teacher strikes will have an effect not terribly different from the govt shutdown. Because there is no school today, the kids stay home but the parents cannot leave them unsupervised, and babysitters or the like cannot be gotten (or afforded), so the parents must stay home from work to care for their kids. The effect is similar to a massive sick-out with the added ugliness that nobody will pay the parents' backpay and some parents may lose their jobs over staying with their kids.

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Post by Addie » Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:27 am

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Firefighters march in support of striking LA teachers



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters are marching in downtown Los Angeles to support public school teachers as their strike enters its second week.

The firefighters are taking time out Tuesday morning from a conference of the International Association of Fire Fighters to back the teachers.

Thousands of educators represented by United Teachers Los Angeles walked off the job and onto picket lines Jan. 14 for the first time in 30 years.

The union and the Los Angeles Unified School District are at odds over issues including salary, class sizes and support staff.

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Post by Tink » Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:09 pm

Teachers at Wright State University went on strike today. They have been without a contract for nearly 2 years.

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Post by AndyinPA » Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:47 pm

https://kfor.com/2019/01/22/oklahoma-re ... -walkouts/

OKLAHOMA CITY – After thousands of Oklahoma teachers walked out of the classroom last year, an Oklahoma state representative has proposed a bill that would prohibit teachers from going on strike again.

Last March, the Oklahoma Education Association announced that it was seeking a $10,000 pay raise for Oklahoma teachers over three years, a $5,000 pay raise for support professionals over three years, a cost-of-living adjustment for retirees, and the restoration of funding for education and core government services.

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Denver teachers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to go on strike after more than a year of negotiations over base pay.
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Post by Addie » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:48 pm

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Virginia teachers turn out in droves to protest for more funding and higher pay

About 10,000 walked out in Richmond, Virginia, in the latest of many protests by educators across the US


An estimated 10,000 teachers and their supporters packed the streets of Richmond, Virginia, on Monday to protest for higher pay and more funding.

The teachers were demanding that the legislature increase the education fund to pre-recession levels and to raise teacher pay, which lags $9,400 behind the national average despite Virginia being the 12 wealthiest state per-capita in the United States.

Activists with Virginia Educators United had expected only 2,000 people to turn out for the event and said they were delighted by the scale of the event, the latest in a series of actions by teachers across the US.

“I am ecstatic about today’s turnout especially because sometimes, we as teachers don’t always come out, we don’t always speak out, we don’t always let our voices be heard, so I am excited that we are out here today doing just that,” said Milondra Coleman, who teaches at John Marshall High in Richmond.

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Post by Addie » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:42 am

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Denver Public Schools teachers set to strike Monday for the first time in 25 years

Denver Public Schools teachers are planning to strike Monday after negotiations over a compensation package that allowed teachers to earn additional income failed.

Negotiations between the Denver Classroom Teachers Association and the Denver Public Schools District for the Professional Compensation System for Teachers, implemented in 1999, have been ongoing for 15 months, according to ABC Denver affiliate KMGH.

The ProComp contract, which offered incentives that allowed teachers, school nurses and psychologist to earn more money on top of their base pay, expired on Jan. 18. The teacher's union and school district have been disagreeing on how to improve the current pay scale for how teachers are paid.

The two sides negotiated for six hours on Saturday, after which union leaders announced they would go through with the strike as planned, The Denver Post reported.

The union is proposing a package of $28.5 million for teacher compensation, while the district was offering $23.3 million as of Saturday night, according to KMGH. Each side is also disagreeing on how teachers can go about increasing their compensation over time.

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Post by Addie » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:18 am

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Union reps: Statewide WV teacher, service personnel strike to begin Tuesday

CHARLESTON — Officials with teachers' and service personnel unions have called for a statewide strike starting Tuesday in response to the controversial education reform bill currently before the West Virginia Legislature.

The strike was called following proposed amendments in the Senate to the House version of the bill that would increase the number of charter schools and reimplement a provision on education savings accounts that would allow 1,000 accounts for students with special needs.

Harrison County Education Association President Lillie Junkins said the announcement came more quickly than anticipated, "but with the way things went today, state leadership felt it was necessary to do this.”

Most teachers and school service personnel in Harrison County will be out on the picket lines beginning at the start of the school day until 3 p.m., Junkins said.

The others will carpool to Charleston to join picket efforts at the Capitol, she said.

Logan County was the first to officially announce school closures within the hour following the union representatives' announcement. Within the next two hours most of the state's 55 counties had canceled school.

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Post by Addie » Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:35 pm

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West Virginia House Tables Bill That Prompted Teacher Strike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This time the teachers' strike was only hours old when lawmakers acted. Just as the strike began Tuesday, the West Virginia House of Delegates effectively killed a complex education bill that sent state teachers to the picket lines nearly a year after a nine-day strike closed schools.

The Republican-led House voted 53-45 to table the bill indefinitely. That means the bill won't go to the next step: a committee of Senate and House members who would try to come up with a compromise.

Cheers erupted from the House galleries where hundreds of teachers were in attendance. It wasn't immediately clear whether the vote would end the strike, but teachers started leaving the Capitol afterward.

Three unions representing teachers and school service workers said they would meet with union members before deciding on further action, which could include ending the strike. The unions scheduled a late afternoon news conference. American Federation of Teachers' West Virginia chapter President Fred Albert said "it was very clear today that the House heard our voice."

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Post by Addie » Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:33 pm

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No end in sight for nationwide wave of teacher strikes

In the past year, teachers across the country have initiated a sustained protest movement, challenging school districts and elected officials to allocate funds for increased salaries, benefits and resources to meet the needs of students.

The state of play: The string of walkouts, introduced by West Virginia educators who led a 9-day strike in February 2018, shows no signs of slowing or stopping. Already this year, there have been strikes in Los Angeles and Denver that have resulted in school district concessions. West Virginia teachers led a second statewide action Tuesday, and a similar picket line is expected to form in Oakland beginning Thursday.

The big picture: This movement is evolving into something deeper than mere calls for school funding, teacher wages and benefits. Demands for smaller class sizes, fewer annual standardized tests, and opposition to the expansion of private-school voucher programs and charter schools have become a rallying cry.

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Post by Addie » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:04 pm

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Oakland teachers strike for better pay as tech wealth transforms city

Union joins wave of educators’ strikes across US: ‘Oakland teachers cannot afford to live in Oakland’


Thousands of Oakland public school teachers went on strike Thursday, calling for smaller class sizes, more resources, and better pay in a city where tech money has made it difficult for the vast majority of teachers to survive.

The Oakland Education Association – the union that represents teachers, librarians, counselors, and nurses serving 36,000 students in 87 schools –has been negotiating with the Oakland Unified school district (Ousd) for two years, said the union president, Keith Brown.

“Oakland teachers cannot afford to live in Oakland,” Brown said at a news conference announcing the strike. “One out of five leave each year. Five hundred classrooms are left with inexperienced teachers each year.

“Our students do not have adequate support – one nurse for every 750 students, one counselor for every 600 kids,” he continued. “OUSD schools are not failing. OUSD is failing our schools. OUSD is failing Oakland students.”

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Post by Volkonski » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:56 am

State spending on education has dropped. Better paying jobs are available. My former employer had and has many ex-teachers on its payroll.

Texas hits 5-year high in number of teachers faulted for leaving mid-year

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This school year, playing catch up in the classroom has become more common in Texas as state education officials have cited at least 220 teachers for leaving their jobs mid-school year and breaking their contracts, putting the teachers at risk of temporarily losing their licenses.

Poor school management and an emphasis on standardized testing are two major complaints that spur teachers to leave, said educators gathered at a recent Texas AFT union rally at the Texas Capitol. Several teachers, including a few from Central Texas, say they had colleagues who left mid-year to take jobs at universities, pursue advanced degrees, or retire.

The Texas Education Agency opens a “contract abandonment” case every time a school district files a complaint about a teacher leaving his or her contract early. So far in the 2018-2019 school year, the state has opened more cases of teacher abandonment than in any year since 2014.

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The number of contract abandonment cases hints at a trend that teachers and education groups say they’ve noticed in recent years — that teacher turnover is continuing to creep up as more teachers call it quits.
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Post by Addie » Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:52 pm

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Hundreds of teachers at Sacramento City Unified walk out on one-day strike

Hundreds of teachers across the Sacramento Unified School District walked out of their classrooms and onto picket lines Thursday morning for the first time in 30 years, staging a one-day strike alleging unfair labor practices by the district.

The Sacramento City Teachers Association expected a majority of its 2,500 teachers to join the walkout.

The district, which serves 42,000 students, told parents in advance that schools would be open and classes would be appropriately staffed. A normal school day was scheduled, with regular attendance monitoring, bus service, meals and programs.

Rosa Parks Elementary School teacher John Brindley greeted his 6th grade students with fist bumps as they walked onto campus Thursday morning, but remained out front with a protest sign rather than join them in the classroom.

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Post by Addie » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:33 pm

Columbia Daily Tribune
Teacher contract talks break down over union issue

Collective bargaining sessions between the Columbia teachers' union and school board ended Thursday without an agreement and no future meetings scheduled.

The Columbia Board of Education team insisted the contract include language that the contract would expire if the union isn't certified by July 1. The team from the Columbia Missouri National Education Association team said it couldn't ask teachers to agree to a contract with that language.

The stalemate resulted from a law approved last year requiring certification elections of public unions conducted by the State Board of Mediation and re-certification elections every three years. The Missouri National Education filed a lawsuit challenging the law and St. Louis County Circuit Judge Joseph Walsh issued a temporary injunction in March, blocking enforcement. The injunction prevents the state Board of Mediation from scheduling union elections.

Union and district negotiators disagreed sharply about whether the law should be recognized in the contract.

"This isn't a new issue," said Duane Martin, chief negotiator for the school board team, said during the negotiating session, according to a transcript of Thursday evening's meeting provided by the district. "I raised it in February. Every counter has had this language in there."

"And all of our counters have taken the language out," said Kathy Steinhoff, union president.

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