No new proposals from Los Angeles Unified School District officials were offered over the weekend, so the union representing 34,000 district educators (United Teachers Los Angeles) is moving forward with a teacher's strike set for Monday morning. Four major demands still remain unresolved as we housesellers work on this blog Sunday evening, and they include: a cap on class sizes, providing a full-time nurse in every school, reforming co-location policies and improving special education. Another primary demand is a pay raise of 6.5% retroactive to July 2017 (the teachers have been working without a contract since that date), while the district has offered a 6% raise, including 3% in back pay to July 2017.

The LAUSD is the second-largest employer in LA County so that means this strike will impact hundreds of thousands of people. The district plans to keep schools open during the strike, but only about 400 substitutes (plus 2,000 credentialed district staff who used to be classroom teachers) are lined up to help fill the void of the 34,000 striking teachers. Around 80% of students in the district rely on their particular school for lunch so school administrators want to make sure those students are able to eat. They are also committed to providing meals and a safe environment for the more than 20,000 homeless students in the district.

LAUSD officials have told parents that students will still have instructional hours, but some believe students will be stuck in auditoriums or gyms and made to do worksheets or similar exercises to pass the time. Many parents support the union but plan to send their children to school because they have no other choice, they work and have no child-care options during school hours. Other parents have said they’ll hold their kids out of school and not let them cross the picket line (some parents, according to news reports, have even volunteered their homes as rest spaces for picketing teachers). However, the district has said that because school is open, students are expected to attend. This LA Times link seems to have the most comprehensive information on what Angelenos need to know to navigate the strike if it does, indeed, occur and last for awhile.