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If the recent round of teacher strikes feels unusual to you, says the education reporter Alia Wong, you’re right. The United States is undergoing an unprecedented surge in labor activism among educators. In this issue, Alia tells us what to expect as a new round of protests gets under way. — Matt Peterson

What to Know: The National Teacher Uprising

By Alia Wong

What We’re Watching: Teacher protests are cropping up across the country, many of them culminating in days-long strikes that cancel classes for thousands of children. Close to 200 teachers at four Chicago charter schools went on strike Tuesday over a collective-bargaining stalemate. Their demands include staffing increases and pay raises. Preceding this strike was the massive one staged last month by Los Angeles’s 30,000 public-school teachers, who for six days picketed in an effort to secure classroom improvements, from class-size reductions to the hiring of more campus nurses. The Los Angeles strike followed another walkout by a different set of charter-school teachers in Chicago—seeking, in part, better support for immigrant students.

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