At a Tucson charter school, teachers went on strike demanding students work harder and show respect. From the Tucson Citizen:
Students arriving at Cesar Chavez Middle School and Aztlan Academy yesterday were met with striking teachers in the parking lot carrying signs. The messages on the signs: “We’re tired of excuses,” “I Quit Until You Care,” “Quit Wasting Your Time,” “Quit Stealing Our Time” and “Try, Damn It, Try.”
All 16 teachers and administrators at the charter middle and high school took part in the strike, which prompted some of the older students to go into the school building at 3376 S. Sixth Ave. and take charge of the approximately 200 students.
. . . “If I were a teacher I’d be out here, also,” said Beatrice Baltierrez, 18, a student at the schools for five years. She said some of the students wrote letters of apology.
Fabian Fernandez, 14, a self-proclaimed “smart aleck,” said he knows he has been part of the problem. Yesterday afternoon, he said he planned to be part of the solution to make the school work again.
The teachers’ strike ended with a schoolwide meeting to discuss solutions, including, “Be committed to getting your education instead of complaining and making excuses.” Apparently, the teachers really did get the students attention.
Teachers across the country would love to do this. I wonder if it would work at a non-choice school.