by Penka Arsova
A Los Angeles teachers union is asking the Los Angeles Unified School District to introduce several changes before reopening schools, including closing charter schools and defunding the police.
The story: In a policy paper released this week, the United Teachers Los Angeles, which counts around 35,000 members, has issued several requests to ensure student safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.
These include organizing students in small groups, providing students with masks and other protective equipment, and redesigning school layouts that would allow students and teachers to keep a recommended social distance. They also want the district to commit to keeping the campuses closed at the beginning of the semester in late August.