In 1968, a confrontation occurred among school board (which controlled by new community which situated in the Ocean Hill Brownsville, Brooklyn) and United Federation of Teachers. This historical confrontation is known as New York City Teachers’ Strike of 1968. The subject strike was a prolonged event which started in May of 1968 and ended in November of the same year. Because of this strike, public schools encountered a closure of about thirty six days and augmented the factor of racism among Jews and Blacks. The strike was commenced by the school board who rejected the recruitment of a few administrator and teaching staff. The dismissal was expressed for almost all white and Jewish employees. On the other hand the United Federation of Teachers which proceeded under the leadership of Albert Shanker; requested the restoration of teaching staff.
The subject strike caused eroded union against community and elaborated a squabble among national rights regarding self-determination and international rights of teaching staffs as labor. However, the district where school located was not that much significant in area but the strike generated crucial outcomes because it had a potential to change the course of school system in its entirety and not only in New York but to many other places. Strike concluded in the November of 1968, subsequent to the controlling measures of New York State Education Commission over district of The Ocean Hill Brownsville. According to last verdict, teachers became restored and transfers of three principals took place. Furthermore, the trusteeship became caretaker of district for coming four months. Historians assert that the consequences of the strike evoked Jewish populace of New York to approve the recognition of whites and to polarize the race-based connection in the setting. Further, the series of incident led Meir Kahane to develop Jewish Defense League which later turned into an organization of terrorists.
New York City teachers strike of 1968. (2018, April 15).