UTLA rally draws thousands in call for ‘the schools LA students deserve’

UTLA members and community members stand in solidarity in support of LA Unified schools.

UTLA members and community members stand in solidarity in support of LA Unified schools.

Today thousands of educators from across Los Angeles jammed Grand Park today in a rally for “the Schools LA Students Deserve.”

They arrived by rail, bus, car and on foot—wearing UTLA red to send a loud message to LAUSD that Los Angeles teachers will not stop fighting for smaller class sizes, fully staffed schools, clean and safe schools, and fair compensation. UTLA was joined in the rally by students, parents and community groups and supported by its affiliates CFT, CTA, AFT and NEA.

Last week, UTLA declared an impasse in negotiations with the District after LAUSD failed to bring meaningful proposals to the table on the key demands for the Schools LA Students Deserve. UTLA says it will continue to organize and hold actions until the Superintendent starts to listen.

UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl said, “UTLA does not want to strike, but no one should doubt our resolve to do so if necessary. This fight is too important for the 640,000 students in LAUSD. To accept what the District has offered to date simply would not be fair to these students, their parents and to the educators, who have not even had a cost of living adjustment in eight years. LAUSD should and must do better.”