>> Day five of a teachers' strike in Los Angeles, and tens of thousands rallied outside city hall on Friday as contract talks resumed behind closed doors. Some 30,000 teachers walked off the job on Monday in their first strike in 30 years in one of the nation's biggest school districts.
They're demanding higher pay, smaller classes, and more support staff. And they want to curb the growth of charter schools, saying those divert resources from traditional classrooms.>> And I think that we are doing the righteous thing. Because we really want to save our public education for our students.
It's more than just saying, we want 100% graduation, and we want everyone to go to college. It's more than saying that. Let's put our resources.>> Yeah.>> Yeah.>> In order for us to accomplish it.>> Los Angeles has kept its 1,200 schools open with administrators and substitute teachers.
But only about a third of the half a million affected students have turned up, mostly gathered in gymnasiums and assembly halls. And the LA teachers union is willing to dig in for the three-day holiday weekend.>> We're willing to go as long as it takes and to work as hard as we need to to get a fair contract.
>> This latest strike follows a wave of teacher strikes last year across the United States over salaries and school funding, including walkouts in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Arizona. Despite the disruption in classes, parents in LA have their teachers' backs. On Friday, parents and teachers formed a human chain showing solidarity.