Negotiations between striking Los Angeles teachers and the nation's second-largest school district continued Saturday, after five days of protests.
On Monday, over 30,000 educators walked out of failed negotiations with the Los Angeles Unified School District over class sizes, salaries and a lack of support staff. The district said that it has lost over $125 million as of Friday due to the drop in student attendance.
According to the Associated Press, attendance fell to around 85,000 students on Friday, or about 13% of the total school population.
The latest round of negotiations between the teachers' union and the school district began Thursday, although Union President Alex Caputo-Pearl warned that the teachers would not end their strike anytime soon.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted Friday night that the second day of contract negotiations had been "productive" and noted that the mayor's office would facilitate the talks between the two groups on Saturday.