Teachers all over the USA have to bite the bullet too often. Sure, there maybe great school districts that don't feel the pain, but I'm sure anyone here knows that's not the common case. Yeah, it depends on the school district and all those taxes/levies and such and teachers get caught in the middle. There are few areas where the taxpayer can deny or lessen their burden by not passing this or that for schools. The point being that sooner or later any school employee, teachers included have to fight back or at least do what they feels needs to be done. I'm sure striking during the beginning of the school yr.s is hard not to reason why. Regardless, teachers have families too and they're not going to wait longer within reason for better pay if denied too long. They're using the tools they have to make their lives better or make it an issue to see their side. But yeah, its becomes a money issue for sure. Why don't we line them up and deal with them the hard way, NOPE can't do that. Get them more money, NOPE can't do that until the last minute or its so hammered out it's piece meal this or that. Dang, wouldn't it great if we all had decent paying jobs, work everywhere and the parents could afford the extra costs or levies passed and the kids get all the benefits. NOPE, can't live in a dream world, pass another "can't leave a child behind" law so it gets so complicated that money goes for other things and costs get so out of hand, you can't pay the employees reasonable wages. Remember, teachers are college degree people and usually teach in lowest pay scale for that degree all too often. Those that leave within 10yrs. do so because they can't afford to remain a teacher.
OH yeah, I can't afford to pass another school levy here locally. But, one did and we're stuck having to pay for a new school building that supposedly will be paid off in 37yrs.. I'll be dead by then and I'm sure some other levy will need attention. ------Willy