Spring’s teachers’ strikes were a springboard for educators winning in the midterms

Following walkouts over low pay and poor benefits, public school teachers ran for office in unprecedented numbers this year.

As the teacher strikes that drew national attention in the spring in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Arizona wound down, they left elected officials and all those watching with a phrase: “Remember in November.” The walkouts in all three states began in response to decisions by Republican-led state governments that gutted public education funding. In the decade...

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