Los Angeles teachers are on strike for more money and less pupils! So less work for more pay the standard union mantra. Very likely the democratically controlled city will end up throwing more good money after bad there. Would be interesting to see in those countries that are beating the USA in education; how many pupils they have, how many days they go to school and how much the teachers are paid as compared to teachers in LA.
The Teachers Union want kids to start earlier which of course requires hiring more teachers as opposed to extending the school year which doesn’t. And you do have to ask yourself if older kids retain things better than younger ones!

Note la la teachers have settled for more money and less work!!!!