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From Arizona to Oklahoma, teachers demand raises & fully funded schools


On this edition of Your Call, we hear from teachers who are organizing and going on strike to demand raises and increases to public education funding.



It took the longest strike in the state’s history for teachers in West Virginia to earn a five percent raise. Their strike showed what a unified workforce can do. Teachers in other parts of the country, including Arizona and Oklahoma, might be following suit. We’ll speak with teachers across the country to find out what they’re facing.




Sharon Reese, special education English teacher in Shawnee, Oklahoma

Heather DeLuca Nestor, middle school teacher and leader of the West Virginia Education Association chapter in Morgantown, West Virginia

Lyndsey Schlax, high school social studies teacher in San Francisco, co-founder of Teachers Take Action Against Gun Violence and SFUSD Educators Connect


Web Resources:


In These Times: Kentucky Teachers Are Protesting and Walking Off the Job to Save Their Pensions—And Winning

Wall Street Journal: Why More States Are Tussling With Their Teachers

Reuters: Oklahoma lawmakers look at tax hike to avert a teachers' strike

Studybreaks: Lingering Questions and the Aftermath of the West Virginia Teachers Strike

AZ Central: Teachers hold #RedforEd rally at Capitol after sick-out at 9 West Valley schools

Vox: The West Virginia teachers strike is over. But Oklahoma and Arizona may be next.

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.