I am a teacher and want to share why I’m walked out for my students. Our state Legislature is currently voting on a budget, so we have a small window of time in which to make our desires known. Anyone who walks into a classroom can see that smaller class sizes benefit kids. Also, we are suffering from a severe teacher shortage. Supply and demand economics tells us competitive wages are required to recruit and retain quality teachers. Lastly (and most important to me), we need excessive state testing to stop.
If you believe a one day walkout is disruptive, look at the testing calender. Kids are spending weeks and weeks taking test which limit the time actually spent learning. Worse is the fact that these tests are physically and emotionally taxing and do not accurately reflect student learning. As a teacher, testing days are the worst part of my job. Instead of teaching, I must sit by and watch students suffer through tests that unfairly impact their futures and have never been proven to benefit anyone except the corporations who created them. I encourage everyone to join teachers in sending a message that our students deserve better.