Across the country, a wave of teacher strikes has brought renewed energy to education reform after years of budget cuts, high-stakes accountability, and privatization policies. While these strikes have been covered widely, there is a shortage of legal scholarship that explores the implications of this strike wave for teacher unions in particular, and education equity more broadly. Using the wildly successful Los Angeles strike as a jumping off point, this series will explore themes such as the history of teacher unionization, relationships between unions and communities of color and how organizers have sought to overcome past division, the legal and policy context, and successful organizing strategies.
This series seeks to amplify the voices of those most directly impacted by the strikes: teachers. Teachers from Los Angeles, North Carolina, Arizona, and Oklahoma share their experiences striking, including the educational, legal, and policy context of their respective strikes. These essays are complemented with contributions by legal scholars with expertise in education and labor law, as well as organizers and journalists who participated in the strikes and conducted extensive research. We hope that this collection of essays will offer thoughtful legal analysis alongside practical ideas for how to build a more powerful labor movement.
- Student-Centered and Community-Supported Demands: The Key to Successful #RedforEd Strikes in Los Angeles and Nationwide
by Anne Busacca-Ryan & Ruth Cusick
- We'll Walk the Line: A Teacher's Reflections on the 2019 UTLA Strike
by Maya Suzuki Daniels
- Effective Discipline: Bringing Classroom Strategies to a State Constitutional Crisis
by Angela Scioli, Kimberly Mackey & Justin Parmenter
- Rez for Ed, Teacher Walk-Outs on Arizona Tribal Reservations
by Gabriella Cázares-Kelly
- Oklahoma Teacher Walkout: What We Can Do Different Next Time
by Aaron Baker
- A Human and Constitutional Right to a Quality Public Education: Looking Ahead in the Struggle for the Rights of Teachers, Parents, and Students
by Victor Narro & Janna Shadduck-Hernández
- Los Angeles Teachers Strike to Defend Public Schools from the Privatizers
by Barbara Madeloni
- How Teacher Strikes in Other States Help California Unions Make Their Case
by John Fensterwald & David Washburn
On November 21, 2019, we hosted a panel discussion with some of the contributors from this Law Meets World series. Click here to view the recording.