On Tuesday, the Los Angeles teachers' strike finally ended after 6 days. The news came after the Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to increase teacher salaries by 6%, hire a nurse in every school, lower student to teacher ratios, and reduce standardized testing by 50%. The deal was struck after 21 hours of negotiating. "For too long, teachers have lived with a hard truth to tell—that for years our students were being starved of the resources they need," says Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of the United Teachers Of Los Angeles (UTLA). "Our expectations were fundamentally raised by this strike. Together we said we deserve better, our students deserve better. We must keep our expectations high and not let go of this moment, because the next struggle is right around the corner."
There have been many teacher strikes across the country in the past 11 months. The strikes were started by teachers in West Virginia who demanded higher pay. This inspired teachers in Oklahoma, Arizona, and Colorado to do the same. Teachers in North Carolina and Kentucky have also coordinated strikes on a smaller scale.