The Wall Street Journal

Opinion: School Choice Is the Solution to Teacher Strikes

February 7, 2024

(The Wall Street Journal)—Under a 1973 law, public employees in Massachusetts have no right to strike. Yet there have been six local teacher strikes in the state since 2022. Why do they keep getting away with it? Because politicians refuse to hold them accountable and parents don’t feel like they have any options.

The Boston suburb of Newton was the location of the latest illegal strike. Members of the Newton Teachers Association voted on Jan. 18 to walk out of their classrooms. While the families of Newton’s 12,000 students scrambled to accommodate the unexpected school closing, the union claimed to seek a “living wage.” Yet Newton teachers already earned an average annual salary of at least $93,031—8% higher than the statewide average, according to the latest data from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Teachers in Newton, as elsewhere, work about 180 days a year…

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