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After Chicago's Eleven-Day Teachers' Strike, What Will It Take To Fully Fund Public Education?

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Thousands of striking Chicago Teachers Union members and their supporters march through the Loop on the first day of the strike on Oct. 17, 2019.

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about teachers’ strikes sweeping the country with public education advocate Diane Ravitch.

The most recent strike in Chicago was that city’s longest teacher strike in more than three decades. The demands from teachers across the country include librarians, full-time nurses, social workers, and manageable class sizes. What have teachers won? What will it take to fully fund public education and make it more equitable? 

 

Guest:

Diane Ravitch, Research Professor of Education at New York University and author of The Wisdom and Wit of Diane Ravitch

Web Resources:

Jacobin: In Striking, Chicago Teachers Went on the Offense for Public Schools

 

Chicago Sun Times: Why the Chicago teachers strike lasted so long — and became so bitter

Vox: The 11-day teachers strike in Chicago paid off

Learning Policy Institute: Why Our Education Funding Systems Are Derailing the American Dream

 

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.