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FEATURING KEVIN KUMASHIRO – Tens of thousands of teachers marched in Raleigh, North Carolina on Wednesday, flooding the state capitol wearing red T-shirts and demanding in their own words, “respect.” This strong showing of teachers is part of a growing wave of teacher revolts in states around the country including West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Colorado where teachers have walked out of classrooms but stopped short of formally striking.

How militant are these teachers’ movements and can they succeed in their demands for better pay and better funded and equipped schools?

Kevin Kumashiro is the education correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali. He is the former dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, a leading expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation, and educational equity and social justice.

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