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California School Districts Make Some Gains In Recent Strikes, Long-Standing Problems Remain

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Teachers strike outside McClatchy High School on April 11, 2019.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The school strikes in Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento have yielded different results. But, regardless of location, the issues are largely the same in each place: concerns about class size, the need for additional support staff and want for salaries.

While these strikes have yielded some results, some of the ongoing problems appear to be structural and may ultimately require a different approach to school funding.

In Sacramento, a planned second one-day strike for tomorrow has been called off. Teachers held a previous strike on April 22. This one was called off because the teachers’ union and the district feel they’ve made some progress in negotiations, but there’s no guarantee there won’t be another strike before the end of the school year. There will be a day of action at the Capitol tomorrow, with teachers coming from all over the state.

Lily Jamali, co-host and correspondent for The California Report, has covered the school strikes in LA, Oakland and Sacramento and provides a statewide perspective on what districts are facing.

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