LA Unified Teachers Walk Out to Protest Proposed Budget Cuts

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Los Angeles Unified teachers skipped the first hour of class this morning to demonstrate against proposed state cuts to education. KPCC's Steve Julian spoke with Adolfo Guzman Lopez, who followed the situation at Los Angeles High School.

Steve Julian: A lot of students aren't in class this morning at public schools in the L.A. Unified School District. Their teachers aren't either. They've skipped the first hour to demonstrate against proposed budget cuts. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has been talking with teachers at Los Angeles High School near Crenshaw and Olympic. Adolfo, what have you heard?

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez: Well, Steve, I'm looking in through Los Angeles High School right now. I'm seeing teachers and students go back to their classrooms. This is an hour after they were already supposed to be in the classroom. They walked out of classrooms to say that Sacramento's proposed budget cuts would hurt classrooms here, would hurt education here, and throughout L.A. Unified.

Julian: And what's the status of the students in this first hour?

Guzman-Lopez: Well, the area administrator here for L.A. Unified tells me that seniors spent most of the last hour talking about college prep requirements. Other students were in different parts of campus. One of the administrators tells me that teachers here at Los Angeles High School discouraged students from showing up today.

Now that would be doubly detrimental to the school district, because the school district relies on funding from what's called "average daily attendance." That means attendance of students. And if students don't show, then the schools don't get the money from Sacramento they're due.

I spoke to teachers here who deny that, but who did say that students did realize that it may have been a chaotic situation today, and that may have been why students didn't show up today. As of right now, no chaos. Students are peacefully going back to their classrooms.

Julian: KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reporting from a school near Pico and Crenshaw.