>> And this attack on our schools comes from all levels.>> More than 30,000 teachers in Los Angeles walked off the job Monday, leaving the second largest school district in America in limbo. The United Teachers of Los Angeles Union demanding higher pay, more staffing, and smaller class sizes.
>> I came to LA Unified in the late 90s, when there was class size reduction, and classes were 1 to 20, and now my classes are doubled. It's hard to breath, hard to breath in a class that size, let alone teach.>> More than 600,000 students, at some 900 campuses of the Los Angeles School District were met with picket signs, the teachers' union and the school district having failed to reach an 11th hour deal over the weekend.
Talks broke down Friday when the union bargaining chair said she and her fellow negotiators were insulted by the latest contract offer from district officials. The union wants a 6.5% pay raise, more librarians, counselors, and nurses on campuses.>> We have a nurse one day a week. So if you don't get sick on Wednesday, you're out of luck.
>> 2018 saw at least three state-wide teachers strikes, in Arizona, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. All of them resulted in salary increases. Despite the strike, Los Angeles public schools are open, staffed by volunteers, administrators, and roughly 400 substitute teachers.