In 2018, West Virginia sparked what has become a national educators’ revolt. Journalist and former high school teacher Eric Blanc has just published a book, “Red State Revolt” about the strike wave and why it points the way forward for working people. Together with organizers from the 55 United movement, join us for a discussion of the strikes — from West Virginia to Los Angeles — and their lessons for today’s struggles to defend and improve public education for all.
“Eric Blanc has written the best on-the-ground description and explanation of the red state teachers’ revolt. He was there and he understands that what happened is historic. The brave teachers who walked out in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, and other red states started a powerful trend. They give hope that the reactionary politics of the past forty years may be reversed by working people who realize that ‘enough is enough.’ Blanc’s enthralling description of their struggles is a chronicle that should be widely read.”
—Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System.