Major Democratic figures have expressed support for 30,000 Los Angeles public-school teachers who are on a strike for higher pay, greater school funding and more support staff.
The walkout, which began on Monday after 20 months of failed negotiations, effectively shut down education for about 640,000 students at 900 schools.
Senator Kamala Harris, who is considering a 2020 presidential bid, was first to voice support for the teachers.
Los Angeles teachers work day in and day out to inspire and educate the next generation of leaders. I’m standing in solidarity with them as they strike for improved student conditions, such as smaller class sizes and more counselors and librarians. https://t.co/WcUdrSOk7D
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 14, 2019
Representative Adam Schiff also took sides with the teachers, calling on state officials to address their needs.
“For the first time in 30 years, teachers from the LA Unified School…