After six days, a tentative offer could end the teachers’ union strike in Los Angeles. Here’s a look at the numbers that got them here.
LOS ANGELES —The Los Angeles instructors’ union ended its week-long strike Tuesday night, union leaders stated, overwhelmingly supporting an contract with the nation’s second-largest school district.
Teachers will return to 900 Los Angeles Unified School District public schools on Wednesday, bring back a sense of normalcy for about 500,000 trainees.
Although the union will finish counting votes tomorrow, union president Alex Caputo-Pearl stated the vast supermajority approved the settlement reached Tuesday morning. The strike began on Jan. 14, with teachers calling for smaller sized class sizes, raises and more school nurses and counselors.
“This is a historic contract,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said earlier in the day. “It’s time for a new day in public education in Los Angeles.”
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As Los Angeles instructors prepared to return to the class, teachers in Denver voted to strike by a 93 percent vote, The Denver Post reported. Educators can walk out as early as Monday, the Post reported, marking the union’s very first strike in 25 years.
“I was hoping and praying it wouldn’t come to this,” teacher Nik Arnoldi told The Post after voting for the strike. “I’m concerned for my kids, and I hope they’re in excellent hands, but we need to do this for them.”
The Los Angeles agreement consists of class size reductions in all grade levels, 300 additional school nurses, 80 brand-new instructor curators, one counselor for every 500 students and a 3 percent raise for teachers, Caputo-Pearl said during a Tuesday night press conference
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