After years of cuts to educators wages and education budgets, teachers across the US are taking to the streets to demand action
America’s education system has reached a breaking point. After years of cuts to educators’ wages and education budgets, educators across the US have taken action- walking out on the job in states including West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona.More ten-strikes are schemed and the teachers have become empowered by material gains in wages and funding as legislators scramble to get them back to work.
But the crisis remains. Public school teachers’ weekly wages were 17% less than those of comparable workers in 2015- a gap that has risen from just 1.8% lower in 1994, according to the Economics Policy Institute .
Women, who make up 76% of the teaching profession, have been particularly hard hit.
In 1960 female educators earned 14.7% more than comparably trained girls; by 2000 the latter are earning 13.2% less, according to a study by Sylvia Allegretto, chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California, Berkeley.
The steps females have attained in the private sector have left female educators far behind.
Here are some of the women who took to the streets of Arizona this week demanding action. Their ten-strike has now ended with a promise of a 20% pay rise and extra funding for schools. But another day of protest is planned for 16 May.
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