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LA teachers strike ends with salary deal

by Laura Edghill
Posted 1/23/19, 01:36 pm

Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers returned to their classrooms Wednesday after voting to ratify a proposed contract deal. The vote ended a six-day strike by the United Teachers Los Angeles union in the nation’s second-largest school district. The agreement includes a 6 percent pay raise for teachers and a commitment by the district to reduce class sizes over the next four years. It also provides for an additional 600 nurses and numerous other support positions, such as counselors and librarians, over the next three years.

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Nowhere to live

California | A housing crisis is clamping down on middle-income workers—teachers like Renata Sanchez—in prosperous California
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/17/19, 01:42 pm

Part one of a series on California’s housing woes

Renata Sanchez didn’t plan to be a teacher. When Sanchez signed up for Teach For America after graduating from Stanford, the plan wasn’t to remain teaching but to save money for law school.

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Beyond bail

Compassion | California struggles to reform a broken system
by Charissa Koh
Posted 1/16/19, 04:12 pm

While California works to abolish the cash bail system that often punishes poor people disproportionately, one group is trying to fix the problem one prisoner at a time.

The Bail Project, a nonprofit organization that uses donations to bail qualifying people out of jail, joined forces with the public defender’s office in Compton, a Los Angeles suburb that is notorious for crime, and UCLA law students to help individuals at the Compton Courthouse get bail reduction and pretrial release.

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