Schools are closed in Seattle again today as the city’s first teacher strike in 30 years enters its sixth day. Last week, teachers, represented by the Seattle Education Association, unanimously voted to go on strike, demanding fewer standardized tests for students, more time to prepare for classes, and better pay. The impasse has delayed the start of the public school year for about 53,000 students. The strike comes after Washington’s Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the state’s new charter school system is unconstitutional.
Charter schools and high stakes testing have virtually nothing to do with education. They have everything to do with enhancing corporate profits. In other words, they’re an income redistribution scam, which redistributes income from taxpayers to the rich shareholders of the charter school/testing industries.