The Teachers Union of Los Angeles started an indefinite strike on January 11.
Their primary goal is to receive more economic support for public schools in the city. One of the politicians who has given her support to LA teachers is California Senator Kamala Harris. She tweeted a video on Friday where dozens of students were singing songs and supporting the strike: “A touching video. These students can count on their teachers to fight for them,” said Harris.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 19, 2019
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second most numerous school district behind the New York one. 600,000 students from the age of 5 to 18 go to Los Angeles public schools. 400,000 out of the 600,000 students are below the poverty limit, and 15,000 don’t have a home to sleep at night. In Los Angeles, only 30,000 teachers give classes to 600,000 people.
Apart from additional funding, teachers from Los Angeles demand ratio reductions (on average there are about 35 students per classroom). Another request is to raise the number of nurses, psychologists, and librarians.
Democratic Party members like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren have given their support to California teachers.