LOS ANGELES — In a historic march, tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Los Angeles today to reinvest in public education, to demand that the Los Angeles Unified School District to stop hoarding the record-shattering almost $2 billion in reserves and use it immediately on our students, our schools and our classrooms.
UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl told the massive, picket-holding and banner-waving crowd that if there is no settlement by next month, “we will strike in the middle of January.”
“If we are forced to strike, it will be to defend our schools; but it will also be because we think our kids deserve more, we deserve more, because we dare to have high expectations,” Caputo-Pearl said to the cheering crowd. “If we strike, it is all of our strike. When we win, it is all of our victory. Are we going to win for our schools? Are we going to win for our kids?”
Then tens of thousands students, parents, educators and community members began the march, chanting throughout the streets of downtown, bringing the momentum and energy of the national teacher rebellion to the doorstep nation’s second-largest school district.
The massive demonstration then walked from City Hall, chanting as they marched side by side through the streets of downtown to demand Supt. Austin Beutner and LAUSD fulfill the promise and hope of quality public education for all, not just some. The march ended in front of the Broad Museum to highlight the destructive role billionaires like Eli Broad play in draining money from our public schools by funding the corporate charter industry and privatization efforts like the portfolio model.