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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — As powerful rains pummeled the Southland Monday, thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers weren’t in their classrooms – instead they were outside, picketing with parents and students in the first teacher strike in 30 years.
In the first walkout since 1989, the 30,000 teachers represented by United Teachers of Los Angeles went on strike after 21 months of failed negotiations. The strike will impact 480,000 students served by LAUSD, the second largest school district in the nation.
Classes at all LAUSD schools began at 8 a.m. as usual with substitutes, but picketing started at 7:30 a.m. State preschool sites, however, were closed and early education centers were open only for students with special needs.