The Newton Teachers Association is demanding higher pay, parental leave, and more school counselors during its strike while racking up court-imposed fines that have reached $375,000.
It is illegal for teachers to strike in Massachusetts, and Gov. Maura Healey (D-MA) called it a “very challenging situation” and encouraged a resolution.
“Children need to be back in school,” Healey said.
Michele Exner, senior adviser for education advocacy group Parents Defending Education, criticized the union’s actions.
“12,000 students are on their way to missing an entire week of school because teachers unions continue to put their self-interests above students,” Exner told the Washington Examiner. “It is a dereliction of duty and a failure to do the job they are paid to do. It shouldn’t become