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Phillip Tutor: Why Alabama teachers aren't going on strike

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Phillip Tutor: Why Alabama teachers aren't going on strike

America’s teachers are in open rebellion. They’re walking out of schools, marching on state Capitols, disrupting school calendars and demanding change. It is an astonishing sight. And it is glorious.

In West Virginia, teachers this winter rebelled against meager pay increases and rising health-insurance costs. Average teacher salaries in that state rank 48th nationally. Teachers there hadn’t had raises since 2014. The strike lasted nearly two weeks and closed every public school for nine days. The strike ended when that state’s Legislature approved a 5 percent raise and other concessions.

Oklahoma teachers

Teachers pack the state Capitol rotunda to capacity on the second day of a teacher walkout to demand higher pay and more funding for education in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S., April 3, 2018.

Phillip Tutor — ptutor@annistonstar.com — is The Star’s commentary editor. Follow him at Twitter.com/PTutor_Star.

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