The Los Angeles teachers strike is on its third day. Here’s a breakdown of what’s going on and what it means.

  1. Approximately 30,000 California teachers are on strike. This is the first strike in 30 years the UTLA.
  2. “Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) serves 640,000 students and is the second biggest school district in the country.” (
  3. The teachers are striking because negotiations came to a stalemate between the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and the California Department of Education.
  4. UTLA demands include: a pay increase of 6.5%, smaller class size, less focus on testing, increased staff size. (They also noted a reserve of $1.86 billion the district isn’t using.)
  5. LAUSD has offered a 6% pay increase, a maximum of 39 students per class in secondary schools, and the hiring of more librarians, counselors, and nurses. (They say the reserve is for things such as retiree benefits.)
  6. Two-thirds of the district’s students did not attend school Tuesday, even though the schools were open (staffed by administrators and substitute teachers).
  7. “Nearly 80% of Los Angeles County residents said they sided with L.A. Unified teachers, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University.” (
  8. The bottom line: The strike is important not just for Los Angeles but for public schools throughout the country. It’s about the state of public schools, the challenges the teacher faces, and how it affects children’s education.
  9. Do you want to support the LA teachers? has information on how you can.

Note to parents: Local museums and attractions, such as La Brea Tar Pits and the zoo, are welcoming students free of charge while the strike continues (NBCnews).

The following is from Lorraine for Los Angeles District 12 – City Council. This information was first shared on Facebook. This is merely a short list. Please check for more options. If you have any information to share, let me know!

Childcare possibilities and information:

Coordinate with other parents at your school. It takes a village! Send out an email to your class and volunteer to rotate who will host the kids at their house each day.

Metro provides free rides during the strike.

Museums providing free admission during the strike.

Camp options:

City of LA Recreation Centers Open During the Strike

Chatsworth South Rec Center in CD12
8a-6p. Free. Bring lunch.  Details (818) 341-6595

Chatsworth South Rec Center in CD12
8a-6p. Free. Bring lunch.  Details (818) 341-6595

Jo-Ann Fabric, Porter Ranch Camp
Red Craft Day Camp
9-noon or 12:30-3:30. $40 per session + supply costs

Total Equestrian, Chatsworth
8:30-5:30, but must have ridden horses with them before

Lizzy’s Schoolhouse&Tutoring, Sherman Oaks
8:30-2:30, 661-313-1352

KidsPark, Northridge
818-998-5437. $9/hr, $5/hr siblings or day rate $56, $35/sibling. No RSVP needed.

Temple Kol Tikvah, Woodland Hills
Do not need to be Jewish. Space for 20 kids.

We Rock the Spectrum, Woodland Hills
9am-12pm $39, 9am-2pm $69.
Includes snacks. Bring sack lunch.
(818) 222-2949

We Rock the Spectrum, Studio City
9a-3p, $79. Snack included but bring a packed lunch.

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