'In all strikes of the past, we could make one assumption safely--that everyone wanted, to see the public school district remain healthy and whole. This is no longer a safe assumption. Teachers across the country find themselves working in an institution led by people who want to see that institution fail , and they are dealing with the problems created by systematic underfunding of
public schools and a systematic devaluing of the teaching profession by
leaders who believe that public education should be swept aside to make
room for a system of private free market education.' This -- not the
strike-- has to end! People in positions of authority over public education want to dismantle public education and replace it with a network of private charter schools, a process often accelerated by starving public schools for funding in order to manufacture a crisis .'