The "strike for better schools" was intended to reform the way the schools were administered and operated, and also how workers there were treated.
Over the last 5 years, government employment has dropped by 657,000 as a result of the Great Recession's effects. It's worth considering how much of that drop has hit public K-12 schools.
On October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups organized Freedom Day, a mass boycott and demonstration against segregated schools and inadequate resources for black students.
"Having the support of parents, alumni, teachers, and community groups means so much. We are forming a union to provide a better education for our students."
The U.S. public still strongly supports public schools and wants to improve them - and is willing to pay to do so.
Delegates to the union's annual convention, the first week in July in Atlanta, approved the fee at the urging of President Dennis Van Roekel.
They came from every corner of Pennsylvania yesterday, and some from New Jersey and New York.
This city's huge teachers' union has selected the candidate it prefers in the mayoral race now underway here.
"We believe all children deserve great schools, and Congress must make the investments so we are ensuring opportunity for all children, not exacerbating current inequities."
Thousands of New York unionized teachers and their supporters descended on the state capital in Albany on June 8.