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By Randy Economy
Aprill 22, 2010
San Juan Capistrano, CA:
Orange County's second largest school district is in crisis today.
A nasty teacher union walk out has sent the Capistrano Unified School District scrambling to keep all of its 56 schools opened and operational.
Today, students faced picket lines from angry teachers, and as expected, enrollment suffered.
According to officials with the CUSD, the school day started "smoothly and without any major incidents."
Campuses began the day with all students together and then assigned them to appropriate classrooms. The teachers on the picket line, with few exceptions, have been orderly and respectful of their colleagues, students and parents.
Nearly nine out of ten regular classroom teachers walked off the job today, and 600 substitute teachers reported for duty.
It is estimatated that 48% of elementary students, 41% of middle school students and 24% if high school students were at school. More than 50,000 students attend school here at Capo Unified.
The cause of the walk out is over a 10% cut in pay for teachers due to the California budget crisis. The strike could go on for days, and parents need to be prepared.