With the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers union strike now over, it’s easy to understand why a combination of relief and celebration permeates most corners of the nation’s second-largest school system. Having students and teachers out of the classroom, for a single day, let alone six, benefits no one.
LAUSD and UTLA’s leaders deserve praise for reaching an agreement that lowers class sizes, adds counselors and provides money to create community schools, which have shown great promise in meeting a wide range of needs for students and their families. These compromises are good for students.
What isn’t good for students in this agreement is the call for a cap on charter schools within Los Angeles Unified.