More than 30,000 public school teachers in Los Angeles have resigned on Monday to demand higher and personal salaries and better working conditions for children, who sometimes exceed 40 years per class.
This strike, the first in the city since 1989, concerns a total of about 500,000 students, from kindergarten to high school, in one of the largest school districts in the United States. Even if the courses are not insured, the schools should remain largely open thanks to substitutions, to the administrative staff not affected by the strike and by the volunteers.
"Here we are on this rainy day, in one of the richest countries in the world, in one of the richest states of the country, a state as the bluest (color of the democratic party, ed) as much as possible – and in a city full of millionaires! – with teachers forced to strike to get the minimum for our students, "exclaimed Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of the Los Angeles Teachers Union (UTLA), at a press conference.
"We defend the very essence of public education, the question is: are we starving our local public schools for privatization, or do we invest in these schools, for our students and for a city in full development?", He added.
The strike comes after months of intense bargaining between the union and the school district officials. This last ensures that it does not have the necessary funds to meet all the demands of the strikers.