Thousands of Teachers March in Los Angeles as Strike Looms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of teachers working for the nation’s second-largest school district are marching in downtown Los Angeles to demand a new contract.

They wore red shirts, banged drums and carried signs that read “Stand With LA Teachers!” as they took to the streets.

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

The union contends that the district is hoarding a large reserve that could be used to pay teachers more and improve conditions for students.

The district has said it’s committed to good-faith bargaining and providing teachers with better pay and support.

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