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Heather Kerrigan

In: Historic Documents of 2018

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Governors Respond to Teacher Strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Arizona : February 21, March 6, April 12, and May 3, 2018
Governors Respond to Teacher Strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Arizona
Heather Kerrigan

In February 2016, West Virginia teachers walked out of their classrooms, shuttering schools and creating a ripple effect across the United States as a growing number of educators came together to protest low wages, slashed school budgets, high health-care costs, and changes to pension programs. In addition to West Virginia, statewide strikes took place in Arizona and Oklahoma, while smaller, district-based walkouts took place in Colorado, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Results were mixed. In states such as Oklahoma, teachers returned to their classrooms without new concessions (they ...

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