On Thursday, a historic walkout by teachers and the support staff closed more than 1,000 public schools in Arizona. The state became the latest and the largest to be swept by a labor insurgency among underpaid educators that started in February in West Virginia, then spread to Oklahoma, Kentucky and, also on Thursday, Colorado. As Jason Riley, a conservative writer, noted with disapproval in The Wall Street Journal: “It isn't just college campuses. The nation's K-12 schools are also turning into hotbeds of political activism.”
The wildfire spread of the teachers' movement — in parts of the country that are singularly hostile to organized labor — is one of the more surprising and exciting developments of this otherwise bleak political moment. Conservatives are right to worry: We're seeing a citizens' revolt against their policies.