National News Roundup
About 75 teachers in the South Fayette (Pa.) School District walked off the job last week, beginning the second teacher strike of the school year there.
The teachers had been on strike for six weeks, but settled on Oct. 4 when negotiators reached a tentative agreement.
Following the agreement, teachers voted unanimously to reject a proposed $2,400 increase in teacher salaries that did not provide increases for first-year teachers, said Regis Brentin, president of the South Fayette Education Association, an affiliate of the National Education Association.
Although another strike in Pennsylvania continued in Crestwood, in the Beaver, Big Beaver Falls, Jersey Shore, Laurel, and Wilkes-Barre school districts, strikes have been settled.
Last week, teachers in Washington, Ohio, also were back on the job after ending a four-week strike affecting nearly 500 teachers and 8,000 students. It had been the only teacher strike in that state this school year.
Although the tense situation in Chicago still had school and union officials concerned, there were no teacher strikes in Illinois as of late last week. Teachers in Knoxville returned to their classrooms on Nov. 1, and other strikes in the Mattoon School District and Blue Island ended last month.
A strike in Michigan ended early this month when teachers went back to work in Pickneny.
And following a six-week strike, 10 teachers went back to work Nov. 5 in New Haven, Conn. Strikes also have been settled in Gonzales, Benicia, and San Ramon Valley, Calif., and in Twin Falls, Idaho.