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Sat Jan 5, 2019, 09:33 PM

Federal judge rejects L.A. school district's bid to stop teachers from striking

Source: Washington Post

Federal judge rejects L.A. school districtís bid to stop teachers from striking

By Valerie Strauss January 5 at 5:09 PM

With the clock ticking on a strike by teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District, a federal judge rejected a bid by Superintendent Austin Beutnerís administration to limit or stop the labor action from happening as scheduled this Thursday.

Attorneys for the nationís second-largest school district went to court Thursday, telling U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew that students with special needs would be denied education services that are guaranteed to them under U.S. law.

Lew swiftly rejected the argument, saying Friday that the district was attempting to bring an unrelated issue into the contract dispute and that it had failed to show how the union, United Teachers Los Angeles, would be liable if special education laws were not followed.

More than 30,000 teachers in Los Angeles are preparing to strike Thursday after more than 1Ĺ years of unsuccessful contract talks with the district, with strike leaders meeting Saturday to make plans.

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/01/05/federal-judge-rejects-la-school-districts-bid-stop-teachers-striking/

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