The Washington Post Sunday

Thousands of teachers march as strike looms

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Thousands of teachers who may go on strike against the nation’s second-largest school district next month marched and rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.

The teachers and supporters wore red shirts, banged drums and carried signs that read “Stand With LA Teachers!” as they took to the streets demanding a new contract.

The teachers union is threatenin­g to strike for the first time in almost 30 years as frustratio­ns mount over more than 18 months of negotiatio­ns with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

There has been no agreement despite three state mediation sessions, and the standoff is now in a fact-finding stage — the final step of a negotiatio­n process under state law.

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