Some parents in the San Fernando Valley were on bedbugs this weekend to see if the marathon negotiations could lead to an agreement ending a strike that entered its seventh day Sunday.
"I'm thankful that the negotiations are underway," said EvelynAleman, parent of a sophomore at Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda. "I hope that, obviously, they will come to an agreement as far as possible. I think it would be better for everyone. "
Weekend negotiations lasted 11 hours on Saturday and resumed after 10 am on Sunday. Even though there was no breakthrough – at least publicly – the hope and expectation of Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti – an agreement was evident Saturday, when it noted the strike while he was addressing a large crowd at the women's march: "They deserve justice and this weekend," he said. "Let's hear that for the teachers. "
Aleman hoped for a message of unity and collaboration from leaders on both sides, as well as cities, counties and states. She was surprised by a member of the school board Scott Schmerelson declaration published last week, which highlighted the discord on the board. She hoped that he would have explained how he would "lead the conversation in the direction of the resolution," she said.
"I am worried because once the agreement is reached and the strike is over, how will we feel this division at different levels, especially at the school site," she said.
She supports many requests from teachers, ranging from a salary increase to a lower class, but she did not think that the strike was the way to change things.
"I'm curious to see what LAUSD will come back to with what we can say," Aleman said.
Aleman sent his daughter to school during the strike for the district to generate revenue. Her daughter spent time on the computer reviewing math and spanish during her free time and participated in group activities, such as discussions about student goals and icebreakers. Aleman always ensures that his daughter also brings a book.
Kathy Kantner said she hoped the strike would end, but she was delighted with the attention she received.
"I am pleased that our riding, our city and our governor are intensifying," she said. "What I hope is that the investments are ongoing, not just one-off, and that the policies will ease the pressures on teachers in the classroom."
In the end, she hopes that passion and energy will allow voters to pass a parcel tax in 2020 to generate additional funds for the school district.
The strike and closure of the federal government was a lesson in civic and mathematical education for the son of Kantner, a fifth grade student at Lanai Elementary in Encino.
The family visited the John Muir National Park during the winter holidays and, prior to the strike, his son's teacher explained to his class that teachers were asking for a 6% increase, or 6 cents for every dollar earned.
Kantner kept his son home from school. He had a few meetings, did online learning, read a book and played guitar, she said.