CARL AZUZ: Something's missing in about 1,000 public schools in Los Angeles, California — teachers. 32,000 of them went on strike Monday. It's the first teachers' strike in Los Angeles in 30 years. Both the teachers' union and the school district say they want the same things — smaller class sizes, higher teachers' salaries and more counselors and nurses. The big disagreement between the two sides is over where the money comes from. The union says the district has more than $1.8 billion in reserve funds. It wants the district to use that money to raise teachers' salaries and hire more workers.
But the district says, it's already planning to spend everything it has, including the reserve, through the year 2021. Both sides have made some compromises but not enough to avoid the strike and they blame each other for that. Meantime, students are still required to go to school. The district says any absences will not be excused. It's hired about 400 substitute teachers and reassigned more than 2,000 administrators to teach but that's still thousands less than the number of teachers who are on strike. So many parents are facing some tough decisions on what to do.
With 600,000 students, the Los Angeles Unified School District is the second largest system in the U.S. behind New York City.