Eric A. Gordon: Teachers did not walk alone: They had parents there and lots of their students and members of the community, all willing to get a little wet to support the cause of public education in America.
Is the US system of public education in crisis? Many say the answer to that question is no. But almost all agree that we have two systems of public education in the United States - one based principally, though not entirely, in the suburbs and another that is based principally in poorer urban and rural areas. One is, unarguably in crisis. The other is not. These articles discuss the root causes and possible solutions.
Rebecca Gross: Teachers on the picket line emphasized that more than anything, the strike is more about educational quality for students than it is about anything else.
Sara Roos: There’s a lot that is confusing about the layout of this strike. For one thing, public employees are set against public servants. That leaves the public stuck in the middle: Us.
Bobbi Murray: Los Angeles teachers’ demands have moved away from bigger raises and toward more funding to alleviate deep education cuts. But what would constitute victory for their union?
Danny Feingold: Superintendent Austin Beutner and his allies have made it clear they do not believe that the L.A. Unified School District in its current incarnation is worth investing in – or even preserving.
Sara Roos: Working conditions for adults on campus are working conditions for children: they are one and the same.
Lois Weiner: Across the nation, from New Jersey to Louisiana, Massachusetts to Michigan, states have punished districts with low standardized test scores for students with “takeovers,” disenchfranchising low-income communities of color by denying them the right to have elected school boards.
Charles Jaco: Her entire right-wing worldview is on display in the gibberish that passes itself off as the Trump administration’s report on school safety.
Lauren Windsor: LAUSD, the second largest school system in the country, is wracked by declining student enrollment, rising pension and healthcare costs, and underperforming schools. Critics like UTLA say charter schools are exacerbating these problems.
Sara Roos: Now is the time for you to stand up, march and be counted. Now is when the big push is going down to privatize that Jewel in the Crown of Public Education: LAUSD.
Sikivu Hutchinson: When the pro-charter LAUSD school board majority appointed investment banker Austin Beutner to superintendent earlier this year it effectively declared war on schools of color and communities of color.
Arica L. Coleman: In all seriousness, I totally agree with you that some will dismiss me as disgruntled and emotional. As recently demonstrated, such reactions are reserved only for white male Supreme Court nominees.
Robert Skeels: Marshall Tuck is running for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction again, backed by the same ideologically charged billionaires as the last time — several of whom supported reactionary measures like Proposition 8.