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Is The Los Angeles Teacher Strike A Different Kind Of Strike?

Peter Greene Forbes
Teachers across the country face a systematic underfunding of public schools and a systematic devaluing of the teaching profession by leaders who say public education should be swept aside to make room for a system of private free-market education.

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Please Help Us End Our Annual Fund Appeal With a Bang!

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If you've meant to contribute to support Portside but haven't yet done so, this is your last opportunity for the season. Every year, we ask our readers to support Portside - from Thanksgiving until the end of January. So please act now.

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L.A. Teachers Prepare to Strike

Nelson Lichtenstein Dissent
A teachers strike scheduled to begin Monday Jan.14 appears imminent after United Teachers Los Angeles on Friday declared an impasse over a revised offer by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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L.A. Teachers Prepare to Strike

Nelson Lichtenstein Dissent Magazine
Thirty-five thousand Los Angeles teachers may possibly strike. Their demands include a 6.5 percent pay increase, smaller class sizes, more funding for school counselors, nurses, and librarians, and a cap on the proliferation of charter schools.

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Your Last Opportunity: Let's Make Waves Together

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