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How L.A.'s mayor and a 'leap of faith' helped end the LAUSD teachers strike

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during the launch event for an anti-homelessness campaign on Fri., Mar. 9, 2018.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during the launch event for an anti-homelessness campaign on Fri., Mar. 9, 2018.
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On the day Los Angeles Unified School District teachers went on strike, Mayor Eric Garcetti suggested resolving the dispute might require a small "leap of faith" by school district officials.

By that, Garcetti meant it might require LAUSD officials to commit to spend more on the contract demands of the teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles, even if they didn't yet know where the funding would come from.

After brokering talks between the two sides, Garcetti's "leap of faith" became a central part of the agreement that ended the strike Tuesday.

Read the mayor's full interview on LAist.com.