What's on the horizon for teacher protests in 2019?

Educationdive | January 03, 2019

The wave of teacher strikes and protests that swept the country in 2018 aren't likely to slow in the new year as educators are already planning more events for this year — including some as early as this month, Education Week reports.Los Angeles teachers, some of whom boycotted staff meetings at their schools in December and who continue to refuse to engage in contract negotiations, plan to strike Jan. 10, according to a United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) news release. The union requested a 6.5% across-the-board raise retroactive to July 1, 2016, smaller class sizes, less testing, an expansion of the community school model, and more counselors, social workers, librarians and nurses.In northern California, teachers in Oakland — who have asked for higher salaries and class-size reductions  are holding a rally on Jan. 12, according to the Oakland Education Association (OEA). And in Virginia, teachers statewide will march on Jan. 28 to demand more funding, according to grassroots organization Virginia Educators United.

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K to 12 (also K-12) is an education system implemented by the Department of Education. "K" means Kindergarten while "12" represents the succeeding 12 years of basic education (6 years in elementary, 4 years in junior high school, and 2 years in senior high school). This is a move made by the government to ensure that every student is competently equipped with enhanced basic life skills for lifelong learning and employment here and abroad.

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K to 12 (also K-12) is an education system implemented by the Department of Education. "K" means Kindergarten while "12" represents the succeeding 12 years of basic education (6 years in elementary, 4 years in junior high school, and 2 years in senior high school). This is a move made by the government to ensure that every student is competently equipped with enhanced basic life skills for lifelong learning and employment here and abroad.

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