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Peter Olson said a drop in school enrollment displaces teachers and presents a series of issues

Peter Olson said a drop in school enrollment displaces teachers and presents a series of issues

They were joined by 75 teachers who walked out at three charter schools operated by Accelerated Schools. "We need that here, to organize", said Andre, a math teacher at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. But the union leader said it's critical for them to outlast Superintendent Austin Beutner, a former investment banker who doesn't have a background in teaching.

The strike came after United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), the union representing the educators, and the district reached an impasse over the demands.

This time our target was the California Charter School Association, the lobbying arm behind the rapid expansion of unregulated charter schools in Los Angeles. This isn't a battle between one union leader and a school superintendent. LAUSD students who are showing up are being grouped into classes of multiple grades and corralled into auditoriums and gyms to mostly play games or into lecture halls for general education lessons under the supervision of credentialed administrators and substitute teachers.

This article has been excerpted from: "LA Teachers Strike Is About Charter Schools and High Stakes Testing".

Inouye, the union secretary, said in order to reach any kind of common ground with district leadership, "We need a place to start from".

The strike, which marks the first teacher walkout in Los Angeles in 30 years, officially began Monday following months of failed negotiations over higher salaries, smaller class sizes and more support staff.

Are the kids all right on the third day of the LA teachers strike? Wells and her husband both work full time.

There is growing sentiment for such a fight.

Union officials said the mayor, who has voiced support for the teachers' cause, had met with the two parties Wednesday. This affects the whole working class.

The teachers walked off the job at 7:30 a.m. PST.

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I just find it wonderful that here we are, in January, after all of these school districts last August and September threatened to carry out strikes. Another witness said the cops seemed "happy to shove around the group of teachers, students, children and community members". You know, a lot of the things they're asking for and that we're hearing teachers ask for around the country are incredibly valid. "So some of these pension benefits may not be around forever". "This was done with the help of the UTLA". One young girl smiled and ate a cupcake while walking a picket line in front of her older sister. "They've been talking about a strike since 2017", another teacher said. "There's a large reserve, and we're wondering why that money isn't being used to serve our schools today". Fair pay. When do we want it?

"Where did all this money go?" It's making sure we are on the same page.

On Monday, the 33,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) went on strike for the first time since 1989, erecting picket lines at 900 schools.

The viral video shows the district employee squaring off with striking teachers saying "I'm so glad you guys aren't being paid".

The office of Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday night that the union and officials of the nation's second-largest school district have agreed to resume contract talks at noon Thursday.

Meanwhile, the DCTA said in their structure, they want teachers rewarded along the way as they pursue a masters or PhD. "The experts have all said we do not have the ability to spend more than we're spending". "Our strength comes in numbers".

"The money's there. There's no doubt about it. California is the richest state in the country", he told reporters on Wednesday. No matter how many phony statements Sanders, Warren & Co. make about "progressive" Democrats, the fact is that their party has overseen the dismantling of public education in California.

"How positive is it to have charters, how negative is it to the district to have charters?"

The comments by Garcetti should be taken as a warning by teachers that the UTLA is preparing to sell out the strike.

"We aspire to the same set of things, but we have limits", Beutner told a morning news conference. And then hopefully by next week, we'll have schools back to normal.

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