Following two full years of unsuccessful negotiations, 30,000+ teachers in L.A. have walked out on their jobs.
Like teachers all over the country, they're underpaid. The cost of living in the city has gone up 27 percent in the past decade alone, and their wages do not reflect that. They've asked for a 6.5 percent raise, which the school district has agreed to meet, but the strike continues because their other demands have not been met:
Teachers have seen the quality of education decrease over the years, and they attribute it to these factors.
We have an obligation to provide kids with at least an adequate (if not great) education, particularly to underserved communities of color like we find in Los Angeles. LAUSD needs to find a way to pay their teachers fairly, get nurses, librarians and counselors back into schools, and put the entire educational system back on track.
We support the teachers in taking this bold stand for their students and ask LAUSD to meet their demands.