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Back to school, pt. 2: LAUSD students, teachers return to classes after deal reached to end strike




 United Teachers of Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl speaks to a crowd of striking teachers in Grand Park on January 22, 2019 in downtown Los Angeles, California. Thousands of striking teachers, educators, students, parents, and supporters cheered for victory at a massive rally after it was announced that a tentative deal between the United Teachers of Los Angeles union and the Los Angeles Unified School District heavily favored educators' demands including a cap on rising class sizes, funding for school nurses, and a significant pay increase.
United Teachers of Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl speaks to a crowd of striking teachers in Grand Park on January 22, 2019 in downtown Los Angeles, California. Thousands of striking teachers, educators, students, parents, and supporters cheered for victory at a massive rally after it was announced that a tentative deal between the United Teachers of Los Angeles union and the Los Angeles Unified School District heavily favored educators' demands including a cap on rising class sizes, funding for school nurses, and a significant pay increase.
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The first strike in almost 30 years at the nation’s second-largest school district is finally over.

After six days of picketing and a marathon negotiating session that ended in the early morning hours Tuesday at City Hall, leadership for both Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles emerged to announce that a tentative deal had been reached to end the walkout, and later in the day it was announced that enough UTLA members had voted to ratify the deal.

In addition to a 6 percent raise, the three year deal also lays out a road map for decreasing class sizes, a major sticking point in the negotiations, as well as a framework to add more nurses and counselors. The longer deal allows the district to spread the cost of reducing class sizes and adding the new support staff over several years, during which time they will be working to identify a revenue stream to pay for those changes.

AirTalk updates the latest details on the agreement to end the teachers strike, plus we’ll hear from stakeholders in the negotiations, look ahead to what’s next for both the district and teacher’s union and explain how charter schools fit into the deal.

For more on the specifics of what’s in the deal, read Kyle Stokes latest story at LAist.com

We reached out to LAUSD to invite Superintendent Austin Beutner to join us, but the district declined our request.

Guests:

Kyle Stokes, KPCC K-12 education reporter

Mónica García, president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education

Myrna Castrejón, president and CEO of the California Charter School Association

Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing LAUSD teachers and support staff