Classes in Newton, MA were canceled on Friday for 12,000 students as teachers went on strike. They are demanding more pay, as well as better benefits and student services. The teachers have been without a contract since August and concerns for the school district have risen among parents and high-ranking officials.
Teachers rallied at city hall with a crowd of supporters chanting in favor of the teachers union’s demands. Mayor Ruthanne Fuller was hesitant.
Despite the cancelation of classes, the schools in the area will still be serving students breakfast and lunch. They will provide grab-and-go bags through a drive-thru.
The state labor board ordered teachers back, but they remain committed to fair wages and benefits.