This morning, 31,000 teachers union members in Los Angeles are beginning Day 2 of their strike. Just as hundreds of thousands of students and their families had worried, the first day proved to be a massive disruption. The Los Angeles Unified School District says only about one-third of students attended class. In some ways, it was a blessing in disguise, as the few adults on campuses often struggled to keep students engaged. Across the city, some kids stayed at home, while an untold number played hooky; a few even ran into their Advanced Placement biology teacher at a mall — just by coincidence (wouldn’t you know?!). As teachers picketed in the cold rain, they heard support from Democratic presidential hopefuls and Hollywood types alike — and enjoyed some street tacos. So how long will the strike last? Columnist Steve Lopez fears it will be drawn out, but hopes each side can reach out across a bitter divide. Negotiations are not expected to resume until tonight at the earliest.
Source: latimes.com – Los Angeles Times