The biggest teacher-teacher conflict in American history is about to begin, with both sides in a fierce tug-of-war over the future of the nation’s public schools.
And the stakes are high.
As a new survey from the National Center for Education Statistics shows, nearly one in three American teachers are on strike and teachers are poised to leave the profession for good.
It’s a growing trend that threatens to reshape public education in America and will reverberate through the country for years to come.
“Teachers are really struggling to find their footing in the workforce,” said John Holcomb, an education policy expert at the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution.
There are a lot of kids out there that aren’t getting the resources that they need to get to their education.” “
I mean, it’s not easy.
There are a lot of kids out there that aren’t getting the resources that they need to get to their education.”
The survey found that the biggest teacher shortage is in the nation.
Nearly half of teachers are unemployed and more than one in four teachers is a part-time or contract employee.
The survey also found that teachers are underpaid.
Teachers make an average of $16,000 per year, but only about 10 percent of teachers receive a full-time salary.
“There are no protections for teachers.
We don’t have to pay for the teacher, we don’t pay for overtime,” said Holcomb.
“They’re essentially paying for the entire work force.
So, we’re not seeing this as a huge pay disparity.”
The union, the American Federation of Teachers, has fought hard for more protections and raises.
In fact, the AFT has argued that the best way to combat the growing teacher shortage would be to increase teacher pay, not to cut it.
A recent study published by the University of Michigan found that students in public schools in Detroit who are enrolled in the state’s charter schools receive an average $2,874 more per year in public school tuition and fees than students who attend traditional public schools that do not offer charters.
The report also found charter schools are less likely to employ teachers, and more likely to hire part-timers and adjuncts.
“The American Federation is a big advocate for teacher unions,” said Brian Besser, a teacher-reform advocate who is the director of education policy studies at the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.
“But in the past, we’ve had to fight with the unions for better teacher pay.”
A new report by the National Education Association, the largest teachers union in the country, found that almost a quarter of teachers in states that have expanded charter schools have been on strike.
The AFL-CIO, a leading labor organization, has also warned of a teacher shortage in schools that are not equipped to meet the demand.
“If we don`t address this problem, it will go from a teachers union to a school to a community, and it will impact the entire economy,” said Jim Hargrove, the AFL-Cs’ executive director.
The union has also taken to the airwaves to push for tougher regulations.
Last year, the union urged states to require teachers to take remedial courses.
And in 2015, it pushed for the creation of a national test and a set of national benchmarks for the way teachers are taught.
A union report published earlier this year also recommended making it easier for parents to opt their children out of the national test.
But the AFA’s Hargraves said the union has never advocated for anything that would force schools to teach more.
“No matter how good teachers are, they can’t do everything,” he said.
“And that’s why they’re so critical of the education system and the state of public education.”
It’s not just a teacher’s union issue The big teacher-student conflict is not confined to the United States.
In Germany, teachers have also been organizing to oppose the implementation of a new education law that would allow them to set their own salaries.
In Japan, parents are protesting a planned budget that would raise teachers’ pay by 2 percent to 3 percent, while lowering their pension contributions.
In Turkey, parents and students are demanding higher wages for teachers and a better quality of education.
And many countries are now debating whether or not to allow teachers to unionize.
In many cases, it seems that the unions have taken the lead in pushing for reforms in their own countries.
The American Federation for Teachers, for instance, has been a staunch supporter of the country’s education reform since it was founded in the 1950s.
The AFT, which represents more than 2 million teachers across the country and is the countrys largest teachers’ union, was founded by John Lewis, the former civil rights leader and Democratic presidential candidate.
Lewis was a longtime supporter of education reform