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After a disastrous field trip, Edna and the teachers agree to a strike as they have had it with Skinner cutting the school's budget to the point that he's selling the kids' futures short (never mind that the kids don't grow up or age in any way on the show and the only kids with a chance to make something of themselves are Lisa Simpson and Martin Prince). While Bart revels in the strike by making mischief, Lisa is suffering from not being in a classroom setting, Milhouse gets tutored, and the PTA decides to hire neighborhood people as scab teachers.

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!!This episode contains examples of:

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Principal Valiant from Shelbyville Elementary School, who has state-of-the-art school buses [[NiceToTheWaiter and even gives a tip to the cashier from Fort Springfield]].
-->'''Skinner:''' (''bitterly'') He thinks he's so hot ever since he swept the Princi Awards. Those things are rigged...
* AllCrimesAreEqual and DisproportionateRetribution: Doing anything and everything gets you paddled by Jasper.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Marge. Her being a teacher makes Bart a bully magnet.
* BaitAndSwitch: While in bed, Marge announces her concerns about Bart and Lisa's behaviour, while Homer is distracted by Lisa's perpetual motion machine. Soon after, Homer calls Lisa in... to yell at her about the machine.
-->'''Homer''': In this house... WE OBEY THE LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS!
** This scene, after Bart causes Moe to leave in tears:
--> '''Skinner''': Well children, I don't know what you did to all those other substitutes, but it's going to stop ''now''. Leopold?\\
'''Leopold''': All right, listen up, you little ''FREAKS''! Fun stops here. You're gonna ''SHUT'' your stinkin' traps and behave, dammit! This is one substitute you're not gonna ''SCREW'' with!\\
''(LoudGulp from the students)''\\
'''Leopold''': ...Marge Simpson! ''(Marge walks in and Leopold leaves)''
* BothSidesHaveAPoint: When a PTA meeting is held regarding the teachers strike, Mrs. Krabappel argues that Skinner's budget cuts are harming the education the parents' children are receiving, and that they need the resources to do their job. The parents are inclined to agree with her until Skinner explains that the school's on a very tight budget as it is, and that for the administration to meet the teacher's demands, they'd have to raise the parents' taxes. That gets the parents complaining about taxes being high enough as it is, and the debate between Skinner's and Krabappel's positions ends up going back and forth.
** The episode ends by Skinner and Krabappel deciding to TakeAThirdOption and rent out the school's cloakrooms to the prison system to raise extra money, although the writers don't provide an answer to the taxes vs. education quality debate.
* BlameGame
* CaptainObvious: The tour guide explains that cannon could go off if hit with the slightest touch. Considering that the cannon was pointing at a lookout tower, it wasn't loaded for safety reasons ("It's just common sense").
* CombatPragmatist / DirtyCoward: The battle being reenacted at Fort Springfield is one from the American Civil War. In 1864, the Ninth Bearded Infantry were just standing around when the troops they were fighting crested the hill they were standing at the bottom of. The enemy troops were surrendering unconditionally, many of them waving [[WhiteFlag white flags]]. All of them were injured, some sporting bandages, others leaning on crutches; one soldier was on a stretcher. A soldier spoke for the group, saying that they were sick and "need leeches, and hacksaws to cut off [their] gangrenous limbs". How did the Ninth Bearded Infantry take to this surrender? By ''[[LeaveNoSurvivors charging up the hill, and brutally finishing their enemies off!]]'' And what's worse, they're ''celebrated'' for this! And the children who were watching the reenactment cheered!
-->'''Soldier:''' Come on, boys! Those white flags are no match for our muskets!
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Homer thinking Canada is a southern country after Marge tells the family that the kids had trouble finding Canada on the map.
** When Moe volunteers to teach Bart's class, Bart rigs the class attendance sheet with pun names like "Maya Buttreeks." Moe thinks the children are laughing at his big ears and runs out crying.
* CreepyChild: Bart takes to flying a kite at night, and has very noticeable bags under his eyes as he does. This is addressed by Marge:
-->'''Marge''': There's something about flying a kite at night that's so unwholesome.
-->'''Bart''' (''looking up at Marge from outside''): ''Hello, mother dear...''
* CuttingCorners: Ms. Krabappel resents Skinner's refusal to fix things all supposedly because their budget can't allow it.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Try to learn for free at Diz-Nee historical park, and the soldiers will not hesitate to give some "sugar" to ''children''!
-->'''Actor:''' Hey, they're trying to learn for free!
-->'''Narrator:''' ({{Beat}}) [[WouldHurtAChild Get 'em]]!!
* DivingSave: when Marge becomes 4th grade teacher, Bart does this to save her from a booby trap. Namely ''A SWINGING LOG.''
-->'''Marge:''' Kids have been doing that one since my day.
* DrivenToMadness: Lisa, from not being in school.
** Bart, in a slightly different sense. Not being in school makes him wreck havock elsewhere and starts flying kite at night to add to the CreepyChild vibe.
* EducationMama: Marge, when she realizes that Bart's and Lisa's personalities have been affected by the strike.
** To a lesser extent, Milhouse's mom, who hires a tutor for her son after hearing about the strike.
* GeniusBonus: "Vitamin R," which "malk" proudly claims it is full of, is a slang name for Ritalin.
* HairTriggerExplosive: Subverted, a tour guide in Fort Springfield is giving a lecture on a "fully restored and in ready to fire condition" Civil War cannon aimed directly at the base of a manned lookout tower. She mentions that these cannons are "''very'' sensitive and that the "''slightest'' jolt" can set them off as the Springfield Elementary bus starts swerving towards the cannon. The bus hits it and...one of the cannon's wheels falls off.
-->'''Tour Guide''': Of course for safety reasons, we don't keep the cannon ''loaded''. [[RealityEnsues That's just common sense.]]
** The school's previous bus, shown without tires, and its front wheels sitting on blocks, [[AllCarsArePintos explodes]] after ''one leaf'' falls off the tree the bus is sitting under, and lands on the bus's roof.
* HiddenDepths: Homer, of all people, complains about Lisa's so-called perpetual motion machine...because it "just keeps getting faster and faster".
* IncrediblyLameFun: Milhouse gets a recess during his tutoring, but with the assignment of reading two chapters of a book about the Teapot Dome Scandal. He cheers anyway.
* ManipulativeBastard: Bart manages to make the bad situation between Skinner and the teachers worse.
** And again, at the bank.
* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Inverted. One of the teachers the PTA gets is Professor Frink, who tries to explain physics to ''kindergartners''.
* MoodSwinger: The easily-swayed crowd.
-->'''Krabappel''': Our demands are simple. A small cost-of-living increase and better equipment and supplies for your children!\\
''(crowd murmurs in approval)''\\
'''Skinner''': Yeah, in a dream world. We have a very tight budget. To do what she's asking, we'd have to raise taxes.\\
''(crowd murmurs in disapproval)''\\
'''Krabappel''': It's your children's future!\\
''(crowd murmurs in approval)''\\
'''Skinner''': It'll cost ya.\\
''(crowd murmurs in disapproval)''\\
'''Krabappel''': Come onnnnn.\\
''(crowd murmurs in approval)''\\
''(Skinner rubs his finger and thumb together)''\\
''(crowd murmurs in disapproval)''
* NonIndicativeName: The episode is called "The PTA Disbands," yet it focuses on a teacher's strike. Lampshaded when a person horrifyingly yells [[TitleDrop "The PTA has disbanded!"]], and jumps out the nearby window, before Flanders explains that the PTA has ''not'' disbanded, prompting that man to jump back through the window, dusting himself off.[[note]](The writer's original pitch actually ''was'' about the PTA threatening to disband, but it was changed to the strike plot after the showrunners thought the original idea was too dull. The title remained as a [[TakeThat good-hearted jab]] at the original scriptwriter.)[[/note]]
* NoodleIncident: Before Moe, the other substitute teachers humiliated by Bart included Chief Wiggum, Barney, Lionel Hutz, and [[Series/WelcomeBackKotter Gabe Kaplan]].
* PunnyName: [[ComicStrip/PrinceValiant Principal Valiant.]]
* SanitySlippage: Lisa steadily becomes unstable since she's unable to go to school. She begs Marge to grade her, runs out of the house screaming her head off when she can only list two synonyms for "Relax," and Marge mentions she found Lisa dissecting her raincoat.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Within seconds of the strike being declared, Miss Hoover abandons the school in her car, tossing away the class assignments on the way out.
-->'''Hoover:''' Go home, children!
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Milhouse, after an extensive amount of tutoring.
* ShoutOut: Jasper's "That's a paddlin'..." spiel spoofs the "Night in the box" monologue from ''Film/CoolHandLuke''.
** The bank scene includes a reference to Film/ItsAWonderfulLife. It goes wrong.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Subverted. Bart is seen in the park playing several games of chess at once; [[EpicFail he loses all of them]].
* SuckySchool: Springfield Elementary has gotten so bad that even the most disinterested teachers can't ignore it.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Bart, during the strike. There's a whole runner of him being unable to even say "what".
* WeNeedADistraction: A variant. While Bart is being pummeled, Kearney distracts Marge with a jig.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** When Üter is attacked, the bus just leaves him and he isnít talked about. [[UnexplainedRecovery He inexplicably returns unharmed]] the following season in "22 Short Films About Springfield".
** What about Jasper after Abe was forced to abandon him?
* WouldHurtAChild: The staff at the Diz-Nee historical park are willing to club children. As the commentary track points out, Uter is most likely ''killed'' (don't worry, he was revived with the Dragon Balls) by the actors.
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