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'Unprecedented Threats Require Unprecedented Action,' 40,000 Teachers to Strike Friday

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LAUSD officials trying to stop tomorrow's massive one-hour teacher strike has failed -- a judge struck down the request for a restraining order and the Public Employee Relations Board decided not to file an injunction against the action earlier this week. Union teachers will protest during the first hour of school across the city because of Gov. Schwarzengegger’s plan to cut $3.8 billion from public education, which is expected to affect $350 million of LAUSD's budget.

"We owe it to our students to stop this counterproductive action," LAUSD Superintendent David L. Brewer said, per the Daily News, to the judge who rejected the efforts to block the teachers. "While we strongly support the message teachers are trying to send the governor and the Legislature on the proposed cuts, our students' safety is our top priority."

"Unprecedented threats require unprecedented action," UTLA President A.J. Duffy said to the paper. "Teachers will do whatever is necessary to help their students. If we don't take action now, the effect of the cuts on students and the community could be devastating." Teachers will not be paid for the hour

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Earlier today, parents held their own protest at Roosevelt High School.

Photo of a different teacher protest by alex-s via Flickr