The Latest: Striking LA teachers, district resume talks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a strike by Los Angeles school teachers (all times local):

12:42 p.m.

Contract negotiations between teachers and the Los Angeles Unified School District have resumed for the first time since thousands of educators went on strike.

United Teachers Los Angeles spokeswoman Kim Turner confirms talks are underway Thursday.

The new negotiations were facilitated by the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti and are being held at Los Angeles City Hall.

It’s the fourth day of teachers walking picket lines in the nation’s second-largest school district. The strike followed 21 months of fruitless bargaining.

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9:10 a.m.

Los Angeles teachers are back on rainy picket lines for a fourth day.

The strike continued Thursday with a new round of contract bargaining with the Los Angeles Unified School District scheduled at midday.

United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl said it would be unrealistic to assume the new bargaining session could immediately end the walkout after 21 months of negotiations had failed to produce an agreement.

He says there are still hard issues to work through.

Thursday’s bargaining will be held at City Hall, facilitated by the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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8 a.m.

Los Angeles teachers and school district officials will return to the bargaining table with hopes of ending a costly and divisive strike in the nation’s second-largest school district.

The office of Mayor Eric Garcetti says both sides have agreed to resume contract negotiations Thursday at City Hall, with the mayor’s office facilitating.

But there’s no word on whether either side will provide a new offer as the walkout enters its fourth day.

Teachers plan to keep walking picket lines as they push for higher pay, smaller class sizes and more nurses and counselors. School officials say the money isn’t there and the demands could bankrupt the system.

There have been no talks since negotiations ended Friday.

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

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