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Poll finds massive community support for striking Los Angeles teachers

The Los Angeles teachers strike is now in its third day, and as teachers picket in unusually rainy weather, they’re finding strong community support, including a poll showing that nearly 80 percent of Los Angeles County residents support the teachers. That support was particularly strong among parents of school-aged children.

What the teachers are not finding, at least so far, is movement from the school district on the key causes of the strike, including overcrowded classrooms and salaries that have fallen behind the cost of living. Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of United Teachers Los Angeles, did suggest negotiations might restart soon, telling teachers at one picket line that “We’ll have more information for you later in the day about the bargaining table and when we’re getting back to that bargaining table.”

Los Angeles public school teachers aren’t the only ones striking in the city: unionized teachers at the Accelerated Schools charter network are also on strike, in part to support public school teachers.


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