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Complaints of LA teachers echo demands from other walkouts

January 15, 2019

The complaints of teachers who have gone on strike in Los Angeles are echoing those heard in walkouts elsewhere.

Unlike protests that closed schools last spring in states including West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona, the strike that began Monday is unfolding in a liberal-leaning state and one of the country’s biggest cities.

But it highlights common challenges facing educators across the country.

Public education funding in many states has not returned to levels seen before the Great Recession and schools are facing teacher shortages tied to low pay and the pressures from standardized testing and teacher evaluations.

Plus, the rise of alternatives to traditional public schools is blamed for eroding already scarce resources.