Fallout From L.A. Teacher Pay Raises in Area School Districts
Lomax and Kimbrough miss the point of the teachers’ strike in Los Angeles but their greatest mistake is that they do not view teachers as people with guaranteed rights. They approach teachers as adversaries rather than as partners in education. When a neighboring district, like Los Angeles, begins to treat teachers like professionals instead of hired staff, Lomax and Kimbrough become nervous.
It will be difficult for the authors to find teachers for Compton because of their disregard for employees’ and, ultimately, students’ rights. The fault, dear authors, lies not in Los Angeles but in yourselves.
PATRICK J. MURPHY