Hi Babyducky.... because teachers get paid pathetic wages for what they do, the average teacher spends at least an hour before school starts and a couple hours after it is over preparing and grading papers. They are expected to attend dances, games and other after school activities. Yet most teachers make less than $50,000yr and they are salaried which means they don't get extra money for extra hours. And every time they turn around the schools and government want to lower their wages, take away benefits or deny them raises. It is a very sad thing that sports stars who do drugs and commit adultery are valued more than the people who teach our children.
The reason behind the strike would depend on the district-- teachers don't always strike for the same reasons. It could be over budget cuts that are resulting in salary cuts or class sizes increasing or more classes being taught each day. It could be because they've been working without a contract for some time now-- one friend of mine went on strike because her district had them working without a contract for four full years, for example. It could be because they have a contract, and the school somehow violated it. Honestly, I could give you a million reasons why-- but your best bet would be to do an online search. Put in your school district name and the words "teacher strike" without quotes. That should give you the real answer <3 Good luck!