Education: A Striking Proposition

In the first of an anticipated wave of California school strikes this spring, more than half of the 25,000 teachers in the Los Angeles city school system walked out last week after contract negotiations between the United Teachers of Los Angeles and the Board of Education broke down. At week's end the teachers were still on strike despite a temporary court injunction ordering them back to work and threatened contempt citations for union leaders.

The basic issue in the dispute is money—and not just for higher salaries. The Los Angeles teachers are demanding that their pay scale, which now runs from $7,200...

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