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Gillian Sullivan, a 16-year-old high school student from Nevada went viral after she used Tik Tok app to support a teacher strike prohibited by the state law. Gillian shared a video calling on her classmates to strike in solidarity with their teachers, Teen Vogue reports. According to Sullivan, it was "part of a public outcry" to convince the school district to reach a deal with the Clark County Education Association (CCEA), the teachers' union. The Typical Student team learned the details.
Teens Are Supporting Their Teachers
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In an interview for Teen Vogue, Gillian commented: “Within the past 24 hours, the issue has been resolved and the school district has offered to give the teachers raises, and a lot of that has to do with people going to social media. Talking about it within our community really helped.”
She continues: “I was upset by this because my mom’s been a teacher in the district for over 20 years now. For me, it’s really important that we show teachers support because they have not been given the respect from the school district.”
Here's what Teen Vogue writes about the reasons for the strike:
The Clark County school district (CCSD) and the Clark County Education Association (CCEA) agreed to a salary system that would give teachers a raise for pursuing higher education beyond a master’s degree. But a proposed contract that would have covered 2019–2021 didn’t include those raises, leaving several teachers upset with investments they had made in new degrees.
To get support from fellow students, Gillian explained the situation that teachers faced. In her video, she says: “Our district is refusing to pay teachers the money they earned. Personally, I don’t think this is fair and I’m sick of our district thinking it’s okay to walk all over teachers and students all the time.”
“If you’re sick of this, too, and you want respect for yourself as a student — but also for your teachers — please strike September 5 because I’m done and you should be, too.”
The video went viral and got over 37,000 likes and 800 comments at the time of writing.
Will Teachers' Strike Happen?
The Associated Press reports that teachers’ strikes are illegal in Nevada. Teen Vogue reports that breaking "a judge’s order blocking a strike could result in fines to the union of up to $50,000 a day." In the worst case, teachers can lose their jobs. The news outlets have reported earlier this week that the district had filed a legal injunction against the strike. Later several news outlets have reported "the union and the district had reached an agreement, staving off the September 10 teachers’ strike." According to Gillian, students are ready to support their educators if necessary.
According to Gillian, students are ready to support their educators if necessary.
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