More than 30,000 teachers in Los Angeles, California, have gone on strike to demand higher wages in America’s second-largest school system, leaving hundreds of thousands of students in limbo.
Teachers working for the Los Angeles County School Unified District walked off classes on Monday, chanting on school campuses and carrying picket signs for higher salaries, increased staff and smaller classes.
“You can’t put students first if you put teachers last,” teachers chanted at one local public school.
About 640,000 students arriving on Monday for classes at some 900 campuses were left without teachers.
Months of negotiations between United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Unified School District ended without a deal.
Talks between the teachers union and the school district broke down on Friday, when union bargaining chair Arlene Inouye said she and her fellow negotiators were “insulted” by the latest contract offer…