Union Rejects L.A. School Officials’ Pay Raise Offer of 6% Over 2 Years

For months, the Los Angeles school district and the teachers union have been operating in different realities. In the L.A. Unified universe, the district faces financial doom. To teachers, it’s a stingy bureaucracy sitting on riches enough to boost their pay and even save public education.

On Thursday, the union and the school system go before a mediator for the first time to see whether they can find common ground — perhaps even accept the same set of fiscal facts.

If mediation fails, a teachers strike could be just weeks away.

Heading into those talks, L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner offered teachers an improved contract offer Tuesday. It features a 6% raise that is retroactive and proposes lowering class sizes at 15 middle and 75 elementary schools.

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