LAUSD Teachers March in DTLA as Union Moves Closer to Calling First Strike in Nearly 30 Years

Thousands of teachers, students and union allies marched through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, from City Hall to the Broad Museum, a month ahead of a possible strike that L.A. educators have threatened if Los Angeles Unified doesn’t meet demands that include retroactive raises, smaller class sizes and more nurses and counselors.

The March for Public Education, organized by United Teachers Los Angeles, was meant to be a show of force to LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner, who has said the district does not have the funds to meet the union’s demands and ensure the district’s financial solvency in future years.

Thousands filled Grand Park and the western steps of City Hall leading up to the 10:30 a.m. rally, holding signs that said “Teachers We work for the people,” “Education is a human right,” and others that called for more reasonable hours for teachers, arts education and nurses.

The march was sandwiched by rallies at both ends, with local and national education activists, teachers and students reiterating the demands.

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