4/26/2018 – The Kentucky Teachers’ Walkout Was A Catalyst For More Advocacy

THIS WEEK: Arizona And Colorado Uprisings … Support For Teacher Strikes … Koch Bros Curriculum … Discipline Disparities Widen … Teachers Building Bridges


The Kentucky Teachers’ Walkout Was A Catalyst For More Advocacy

By Jeff Bryant

“Headlines about teachers’ strikes may have moved on from Kentucky and Oklahoma to Arizona and Colorado, but rebellions teachers who started these uprisings have not, at least according to numerous sources I’ve spoken with in Louisville … The coming fight at the ballot box includes not only voting for candidates but running for office.”
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Arizona And Colorado Join Teacher Strikes As Thousands Prepare To March For More Pay


“A wave of red-clad teachers will crash upon the Arizona state Capitol … for an unprecedented job action that will close schools for a majority of the state’s public school students, part of an educator uprising that’s also bubbled up in Colorado. Around 30,000 to 50,000 teachers and their supporters are expected to march through Phoenix … to demand a 20% raise for … In Colorado, more than 10,000 teachers are expected to demonstrate in Denver as part of a burgeoning teacher uprising.”
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Most Republicans And Democrats Agree That American Teachers Need A Raise


“Most Americans agree that teachers are underpaid, and slightly more than half of adults support striking as a strategy to change that … Half of Americans also said they are willing to pay more taxes to fund schools and pay teachers more … Nearly 90% of Democrats, 78% of independents, and 66% of Republicans think teachers don’t get paid enough … About 78% … said schools don’t pay teachers enough, and 52% said they support educators who are going on strike to demand higher salaries (25 percent disapprove of strikes). Adults who knew about the recent teacher walkouts were more likely to support the idea of teachers striking – 80% of them did..”
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Millions Of Students Are Quietly Being Taught The Koch Brothers’ Whitewashed Version Of Black History

The Root

“Cash-strapped social studies teachers across America have discovered … free resources … by the innocuously named Bill of Rights Institute to brainwash students into buying the far-right narrative on history, politics and economics … The lessons stress limited government, religious freedom, free-market economics and – worst of all – a revisionist version of the history of slavery that paints it as a necessary evil to further freedom and democracy.”
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Racial Disparities In School Discipline Are Growing, Federal Data Show

The Washington Post

“Black students faced greater rates of suspension, expulsion, and arrest than their white classmates … disparities that have widened despite efforts to fix them. The findings … come as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering curbing the department’s role in investigating racial disparities in discipline … Black students accounted for 15% of the student body in the 2015-2016 school year but 31% of arrests. Two years earlier, black students accounted for 16% of the student body and 27% of arrests … Students with disabilities are far more likely to face suspension or arrests at school. They accounted for 12% of enrollment but 28% of all arrests and referrals to law enforcement.”
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Arizona’s Uprising Teachers Build Bridges, Not Walls


Jeff Bryant writes, ” Under the banner of #RedForEd, Arizona teachers voted overwhelmingly (78%) for a statewide walkout … like teacher actions in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma… But Arizona also presents new and interesting challenges to the spreading teacher uprisings, and demonstrates ways that teachers build bridges … The Arizona teacher uprising is yet another example of a powerful new wave of community-labor partnerships that are keeping students first.
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