As the L.A. Teachers strike moves into its third day, the pouring rain hasn’t dampened the numbers or the spirit of the striking teachers. Parents have rallied behind them, bringing “Tofurky for Teachers” to the picket lines as well as water and tacos plus pop up tents.
And it’s not just parents showing up to show their support but politicians as well. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren
“In broad terms, this is about much more than pay,” Garcetti said. “This is about the soul of our schools and the way L.A. does or does not build a culture to collectively invest in our future.”
The over 30,000 teachers are asking for more than a salary raise (which no one disputes they deserve) but also for lower class size, for more nurse librarians and counselors to be hired as well.
On the other side, L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner said the district couldn’t afford the demands without risking insolvency. The union responded last week that these steps were not enough.
With the strike looking to go into a fourth and fifth day, teachers and parents are struggling.