“Arizona’s week-long teacher walkout was historic by any measure. Now, the dust has settled. Teachers are back in class for the remainder of the school year, and politicos have started to move on. But there’s still a lingering question: Was the strike worth it?”
“It seemed to come out of nowhere, and what’s interesting is there seems to be clear momentum from state to state,” said Jon Shelton, an assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the author of the 2017 book, Teacher Strike! Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order.
“I think what Arizona teachers saw in West Virginia and especially in Oklahoma is that these strikes won,” Shelton said. “They were able to get substantial salary increases.” See the full story in the Phoenix New Times.