All In for Respect rally draws more than 12k to Grand Park

All In for Respect Rally

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On Thursday afternoon, May 24, UTLA members, parents, students, and community organizations filed into the Grand Park, downtown Los Angeles, by the thousands to demand a fair contract agreement that respects educators and sets LAUSD on a path to a sustainable future by the end of this school year.

The enthusiastic crowd chanted and waved signs and banners highlighting our message. Through this contract campaign, educators are demanding what is needed for public education in LA to succeed — more counselors, school nurses, psychologists, teacher librarians, fair pay, less standardized testing, regulation of charter schools, lower class sizes, support for special education, and more.

LAUSD educators have been working without a contract for one year. Even with a $1.7 billion projected reserve, LAUSD refuses to make progress on key issues that would help to sustain the district into the future. If no agreement is reached, strike authorization votes are expected to take place in the Fall. 

“The District must decide if it is on the side of parents, students and educators, or if they will join the ranks of those who want to close public schools, fire educators and destroy public education,” said Alex Caputo-Pearl, UTLA president, addressing the clamoring crowd with an impassioned speech.