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Strike by Los Angeles teachers enters fifth day amid talks

Los Angeles teachers will walk picket lines for a fifth day after the union and school district officials returned to the bargaining table with hopes of ending the massive strike in the nation’s second-largest school district.

Teachers plan to rally outside City Hall on Friday — the first day with no rain in the forecast since the strike began.

Contract negotiations resumed Thursday with no word on whether either side provided a new offer. They’re expected to continue Friday.

Teachers are demanding higher pay, smaller class sizes and more nurses and counsellors. School officials say the money just isn’t there and the demands could bankrupt the system.

Schools remain open, staffed by substitutes, and the district says student attendance is at about one-quarter the usual numbers.

Christopher Weber, The Associated Press