Los Angeles public schools will be hit by a massive teachers’ strike this week, as the teachers’ unions attempt to make the L.A. Unified School District bow to its demands for higher wages and more teachers. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew ruled that the district could not block the teachers from striking due to concern for the welfare of special education students.The union celebrated the judge’s ruling, according to the Los Angeles Times. Parents across the city are now bracing for the strike, which is scheduled to start on Thursday — causing the maximum disruption possible to families after the winter holiday break. The Wall Street Journal‘s Allysia Finley noted in an op-ed on Saturday: The district’s looming financial crisis is a simple math problem. State funding is tied to enrollment, which is shrinking. Yet the district’s fixed costs are growing. Retirement benefits make up about 15% of district spending, nearly 50% more than in 2013. The district is spending $350 million annually on retiree health benefits, which would be enough to award each teacher a $10,000 raise. In 2012, as stocks and capital gains were rising, California voters approved a tax hike on high earners. State… Read full this story
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