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      Snort McDork
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      <p class=”zn-body__paragraph speakable”>Under a relentless drizzle of cold rain, 32,000 Los Angeles educators walked off the job Monday in the country’s second-biggest school district.</p>

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      <div class=”zn-body__paragraph speakable”>That means about 600,000 kids have no idea when they’ll see their teachers again.</div>
      <div class=”zn-body__paragraph speakable”>Weeks of heated negotiations between the United Teachers Los Angeles union and the Los Angeles Unified School District went nowhere, leading to the city’s first teachers’ strike in 30 years.</div>
      https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/14/us/los-angeles-teachers-strike/index.html

      I hope these teachers can be as successful as the W.Virginia teachers were.  GO GET EM!

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      LA Teachers Strike Is About Charter Schools and High Stakes Testing

      https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/01/14/la-teachers-strike-about-charter-schools-and-high-stakes-testing

      Corporate Democrats like almost all Republicans support the same education policies – school privatization and high stakes testing – that are robbing the LA Unified School District of the funding it needs to meet the needs of its students.

      THAT’S why class sizes have ballooned to more than 45 students in secondary schools; 35 students in upper elementary grades; and 25 students in lower elementary grades.

      THAT’S why the district does not have nearly enough counselors, psychologists or librarians to give students the support they need.

      THAT’S why 80% of schools don’t have full-time nurses.

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      Beginning Walkout, Los Angeles Teachers Find Support From Sanders—But Not Corporate Democrats

      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/14/beginning-walkout-los-angeles-teachers-find-support-sanders-not-corporate-democrats

      Duncan’s support for the school district, which in fact has nearly $2 billion in a reserve that teachers say it should use to fund salary increases and new hires, including nurses and counselors, is indicative of establishment Democrats’ harmful alignment with corporate interests—while traditionally Democratic teachers’ unions are finding themselves supported mainly by progressives.

      “Nearly every leader in this fight is a Democrat, with the two sides representing larger fissures within the Democratic Party about the future of public education,” wrote Rebecca Klein at the Huffington Post. “What happens with this teachers strike could set the stage for how these issues play out in the 2020 election and beyond.”

      “The choice is very clear,” wrote Nikhil Goyal, author of “Schools on Trial,” on Twitter. “You can be on the side of teachers or you can be on the side of Arne Duncan, Betsy DeVos, and those who want to privatize and undermine public schools.

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      Snort McDork
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      Last week after New Mexico swore in Lujan-Grisham as Governor, she eliminated the PARCC test policy and is looking to replace it with more common sense testing procedures for students. PARCC was, from what I understand, similar to all those other charter school like testing procedures. PARCC was not liked by the parents or teachers. So hopefully we are moving in the right direction. I’m not standing up for Grisham since I did not vote for her because of my principles of not supporting corporate Dems of which she is one. But as for the L.A teachers, it could send a shock wave across the country for other school districts. I guess we all should stay tuned.

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