Beyond higher pay and smaller classes, charter debate is undercurrent of teachers strike in Los Angeles

While district enrollment has declined, charter enrollment in L.A. has soared.

Most of the signs and chants call for better pay, smaller classes and more staff support, but the backdrop to the Los Angeles Unified School District strike is a battle that has long loomed large over education in California: The fight over charter schools.

Central to the concerns of teachers and union leaders at Los Angeles Unified is the argument that the growth of charter schools in the city has come at the expense of dollars for district schools and the teachers working in them.

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