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What's Next For The Growing Teachers' Movement As Educators Prepare To Go Back To School?

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A United Teachers Los Angeles strike in January, 2019, in Los Angeles, California.

  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with teachers and a teacher turned reporter about the resurgence of teachers unions and strikes in states like West Virginia, Arizona, Oklahoma, and California. 

Over the past few years, hundreds of thousands of teachers have protested low pay, school closures, budget cuts, understaffing, and public school funding for charter schools. What’s next for the growing teachers movement as they prepare to go back to school? 


Eric Blanc,education strike correspondent for Jacobin Magazine, and author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics

Joseph Glatzer, 7th grade history teacher at Pinole Middle School and member of United Teachers of Richmond

Erika Alvarez, English and Language Arts teacher at Legacy Visual & Performing Arts High School in Los Angeles, chair of the education committee for the Democratic Socialists of America, creator of ¡Huelga!LA Activist app

Web Resources:

Jacobin Magazine: Why Oakland’s Striking Teachers Won

EdSource: Lessons from the Los Angeles and Oakland teachers' strikes

The Atlantic: America's Teachers Are Furious

Chalkbeat: What the Democratic presidential candidates have said about education


Los Angeles Times: Prop. 13 reform headed to California ballot could swamp counties


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.