Leaders of the nation's two large teachers' unions are split on a bipartisan effort by a key Senate committee to rewrite the federal aid-to-education law.
Unionized California teachers are among the many categories of workers nationwide whose unions are under attack by anti-labor lawmakers.
The United Federation of Teachers was formed to represent New York City public school teachers on March 16, 1960.
The teachers' union, plus parents and community leaders, faced off against a powerful, well-financed challenge.
Red shirts filled LA's Grant Park last Thursday, across the street from City Hall, in a rally of educators, students, and parents.
"In reality, it would rob poor and struggling students of the resources, supports, and funding they need to succeed."
Ever since Bush's No Child Left Behind, teachers, parents, administrators and lawmakers have been at odds over how to judge schools, kids and teachers.
American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten was arrested Dec. 4, in New York City while protesting the lack of justice in the recent police shootings.
The 7,500 union teachers and staff, fired after the state took over the schools following Hurricane Katrina, are taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
At stake in this whiplash fight to fund public education is whether the SRC can abrogate the contract with the PFT, imposing its terms.