Yesterday, a historic teachers’ strike began in Los Angeles Unified School District. Over 30,000 teachers went on strike for better pay, smaller classes, and support staff like librarians and nurses. Teachers are also calling for a moratorium on the expansion of charter schools, which have undermined the District’s ability to provide these things.
When trying to solve difficult problems, one would think knowledge and facts would be important to politicians, policymakers, and funders. When it comes to the ongoing national effort to strengthen public education, though, it seems knowledge is much less important than political philosophy.
Before today’s upcoming announcement of whether the officer who shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson, Jr., will be indicted, the superintendent of the Madison School District paused to give advice to parents of students who may protest.