L.A. teachers to march on picket line even if agreement is reached

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UPDATED 8:10 AM PT — Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Teachers across Southern California’s Los Angeles Unified School District are still on strike, with Tuesday marking day six outside of their classrooms. Their union posted a tweet on Monday telling them to continue marching.

Any agreement reached on Monday would still have to be voted on before the strike can be officially called off.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is acting as the moderator between the two sides at city hall.

Teachers initially asked for a 6.5-percent raise, while the district offered six-percent. Teachers also want smaller class sizes, fewer charter schools, and more support staff. However, last week the district said the money just is not there, and suggested teachers work with them to find more funding from the state.

The first strike since the walkout of 1989 is reportedly costing the Los Angeles Unified School District about $25 million each day depending on how many students show up.

In this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 photo, thousands of teachers rally against the nation’s second-largest school district in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LA. teachers are not alone. Thousands of Oakland teachers are gearing up for a possible strike up in Northern California as well. Teachers there want a 12-percent raise spread out over three-years as well as smaller class sizes, but the district is only willing to give them five-percent.

A strike vote is scheduled for the end of January.

Meanwhile, teachers in Virginia are planning a rally Monday, January 28, 2019 in the state’s capital city of Richmond. Organizers with Virginia Educators United are hoping the 90,000 teachers from across the state will leave their classrooms and take part in the so-called “Red for Ed” campaign instead.

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