LA teacher calls lack of investment biggest problem for public schools


Los Angeles public school teacher Judy Arteaga said in an interview that aired Friday on “Rising” that the chief problem facing teachers is the lack of investments in schools. 

“The single biggest problem is investment in our schools,” Arteaga, a teacher at San Pedro High School, told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton on Thursday. 

“We don’t have the staff to appropriately support our students, and that reflects on the quality of education that they receive,” she continued. 

“So increasing that funding allows us smaller class sizes, more time with the teacher, more times with our counselors, more times for people in those schools to get to know those students, and to best support them so that they can go on and be successful,” she said. 

“That’s what we’re all working towards, and the more staff and people that we have in place to meet that goal, the more effective that our schools are going to be,” Arteaga added. 

Los Angeles public school teachers went on strike for the first time in 30 years earlier this month, demanding better pay, working conditions and staffing. 

Teachers returned to work on Wednesday after United Teachers Los Angeles and the city’s school district reached a deal late Tuesday that ended the strike. 

 — Julia Manchester

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