Teachers in Californiaâ€™s New Haven Unified School District have beenÂ on strike for 14 daysÂ as of Friday. They were considering the school districtâ€™s â€ślast, best, and final offer,â€ť which falls short of the pay increases teachers are calling for. The school district entered negotiations offering zero raise, meaning teachers would be falling behind as the cost of living rises.
A group of frustrated parents isÂ attempting a recallÂ of three school board members, saying, â€śWe have witnessed a total and complete lack of willingness and ability of this board to lead us through these difficult times,â€ť and, â€śTeachers in this school district deserve more from this board of education and administration. The students deserve more from all of us.â€ť
The New Haven strike follows teachers strikes in Los Angeles and Oakland, California; Denver, Colorado; and West Virginiaâ€”all in 2019. Teachers in South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Massachusetts have also held significant protests this year.
This blog was originally published at Daily Kos on June 1, 2019. Reprinted with permission.