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Walkouts and Teacher Pay: How Did We Get Here?

Teachers in Arizona are staging what they’re calling a walk-in today. They’re asking lawmakers for a 20 percent pay raise and for school funding to return to pre-recession levels. This comes as teachers in Oklahoma continue their walk-out. After more than a week of protests and dozens of closed schools across the state, Oklahoma lawmakers have already agreed to increase teacher pay and school funding. But teachers say, after a decade of deep cuts, it’s not enough.

These protests follow a strike in West Virginia that lasted nine consecutive school days and ended with a five percent pay raise for the state’s teachers. Given that this fight over school funding could spread to other states, it’s worth asking: SCHOOL MONEY Why America’s Schools Have A Money Problem How did we get here?