Los Angeles teachers union rejects latest offer

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest contract offer by the giant Los Angeles Unified School District has been rejected by the teachers union.

City News Service reports the rejection Wednesday by United Teachers Los Angeles leaders continues a stalemate that could lead to the first strike by teachers in the nation's second-largest school district since 1989.

Union members have already authorized a strike.

There has been no agreement despite three state mediation sessions, and the standoff is now in a fact-finding stage.

A district statement says it's committed to good-faith bargaining and providing teachers with better pay and support.

The union's response says the district continues to disrespect students and educators.

The district has more than 640,000 K-12 students in Los Angeles and all or parts of 31 smaller cities, plus several unincorporated areas.

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