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Similar struggles have led to recent teacher strikes in US

from The Associated Press

The setting is different, but the complaints of teachers who are out on strike in Los Angeles are echoing those heard in walkouts nationwide. 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, schools are facing teacher shortages tied to low pay and the pressures of standardized testing and teacher evaluations, and the rise of alternatives to traditional public schools is blamed for eroding already scarce resources. more

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