- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Teachers at the nation’s second-largest school district have picketed outside a number of Los Angeles schools in demand for smaller class sizes, full staffing, improved working conditions and compensation.

The protests Thursday come amid contact negotiations between United Teachers Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District.

UTLA spokeswoman Suzanne Spurgeon says the protests took place before classes started and lasted for about 30 to 45 minutes. She said teachers at “virtually every school in the district” planned to picket.

In a statement, interim LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines said the district’s recent offer for a 5 percent pay raise was in line with other districts across the state. He said increasing the offer would result in cuts to student services and layoffs.

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