Berkeley teachers won’t assign homework till they get a pay raise.
Students in the Berkeley school district aren’t getting written homework assignments because teachers are refusing to grade work on their own time after two years without a pay raise.
So far, a black history event had to be canceled and parents had to staff a middle-school science fair because teachers are sticking strictly to the hours they’re contracted to work.
. . . “It’s hard,” said Judith Bodenhauser, a high school math teacher. “I have stacks of papers I haven’t graded. Parents want to talk to me; I don’t call them back.”
The action was organized by the Berkeley Federation of Teachers, which wants a cost-of-living increase next year.
The district says it doesn’t have the money.