Pro-corporate education anti-union groups have taken aim at California teachers unions with two separate lawsuits.
Teacher Appreciation Week had barely begun when news broke that teachers had to take a seven percent pay cut.
Leaders of the nation's two large teachers' unions are split on a bipartisan effort by a key Senate committee to rewrite the federal aid-to-education law.
Unionized California teachers are among the many categories of workers nationwide whose unions are under attack by anti-labor lawmakers.
The United Federation of Teachers was formed to represent New York City public school teachers on March 16, 1960.
The teachers' union, plus parents and community leaders, faced off against a powerful, well-financed challenge.
Red shirts filled LA's Grant Park last Thursday, across the street from City Hall, in a rally of educators, students, and parents.
"In reality, it would rob poor and struggling students of the resources, supports, and funding they need to succeed."
Ever since Bush's No Child Left Behind, teachers, parents, administrators and lawmakers have been at odds over how to judge schools, kids and teachers.
American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten was arrested Dec. 4, in New York City while protesting the lack of justice in the recent police shootings.