Although their contracts have expired in many school districts across Pennsylvania, teachers are choosing to remain on the job, apparently due to concerns about the economy.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
, no teachers have threatened strikes so far this fall, despite the fact that contracts in some areas of the state have not been renewed or renegotiated since 2008. Some teachers in Bucks County did strike earlier this year in January and June, but state school board officials say things seem calm at the moment, compared to Chicago, where a teachers strike has entered its second week.
“Now is not necessarily a good time to go on strike and look for sympathy from the voter/taxpayer," David Davare, director of research for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, told the Post-Gazette.
"The economy is bad. It's tough everywhere right now," Davare added, noting that this is the second year in a row schools across the state have opened without threats of walkouts.
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