An Oklahoma teacher walks the picket line at the state capitol on April 2, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Thousands of teachers and supporters are scheduled to rally Monday at the state Capitol calling for higher wages and better school funding. Teachers are walking off the job after a $6,100 pay raise was rushed through the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

An Oklahoma teacher walks the picket line at the state capitol on April 2, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Thousands of teachers and supporters are scheduled to rally Monday at the state Capitol calling for higher wages and better school funding. Teachers are walking off the job after a $6,100 pay raise was rushed through the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The success of the teachers’ strike in West Virginia, which resulted in a 5 percent pay increase, has inspired a movement among educators across the nation.

Teachers and their supporters have staged demonstrations in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona, closing down some public schools in those states — and more strikes could be coming soon.

Average annual wages for K-12 teachers range from $59,000 to $61,000 nationally, but many classroom educators in red states earn thousands less than the average. How are local governments addressing teachers’ demands? And how is the new national conversation over compensation altering our ideas about what a teacher is worth?

Guests

  • Ed Allen President, Oklahoma City American Federation of Teachers; @okc_aft
  • Shawn Sheehan Algebra I Teacher, Lewisville High School Harmon in Lewisville, Texas; 2016 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year; @SPSheehan
  • Carol Burris Executive director, Network for Public Education; past principal, South Side High School, Rockville Centre, NY; New York State High School Principal of the Year (2013); author, "On the Same Track: How Schools Can Join the 21st Century Struggle against Resegregation" (2014); @carolburris
  • Chad Aldeman Principal, Bellwether Education; editor for TeacherPensions.org; former policy advisor, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education; @ChadAldeman
  • Christine Marsh Arizona State Senate Candidate; high school english teacher, Cactus Shadows High School; 2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year; @ChristinePMarsh

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