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Photos of 30,000 People Hitting the Streets for the Los Angeles Teachers Strike

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More than 30,000 public school teachers in Los Angeles braved the rain on Monday to launch a district-wide strike, the first there in three decades.

The district, where more than 640,000 students are enrolled, is the second largest in the country. Students were still expected to attend school on Monday, but the schools are running off the work of a few hundred substitute teachers, and classes were expected to be largely disrupted. Many parents kept their children home out of support for the teachers, while some students even skipped class to join in the demonstrations. (While it’s thought the students won’t get real instruction during the duration of the strike, the schools will still serve meals and offer a place where children will be comfortable and supervised—no minor thing in a district where 82 percent of the students come from low-income families.)

The strike, considered an undesirable but necessary step by the teachers, comes after two years of failed negotiations between United Teachers Los Angeles, the union, and the Los Angeles Unified School District to secure a contract with improved pay, caps to class sizes, a reduction in standardized testing, and the hiring of more than a........

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