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Sacramento teachers will strike Thursday. Here are 5 things parents need to know

The majority of Sacramento City Unified School District’s 2,500 unionized teachers are planning to strike for the first time in 30 years Thursday. No progress was made Wednesday; the two sides last met Monday.

Here’s what families of the district’s 42,000 students need to know about the one-day walkout:

Schools will be open, classes will be appropriately staffed, meals will be served, and kids will be picked up on normal bus routes, Alex Barrios, district spokesman, said Wednesday.

Unionized teachers are planning a rally at noon Thursday outside the Serna Center, the district’s headquarters, located at 5735 47th Ave.

Independent charter schools, whose teachers are not represented by the union, will not be affected by the strike. The following dependent charter schools will be impacted: George Washington Carver School of Arts & Science; Bowling Green Charter Chacon Language & Science Academy; Bowling Green Charter McCoy Academy; New Joseph Bonnheim Community Charter; Sacramento New Technology High School and The Met Sacramento High School.

Union leaders allege the district has engaged in unfair labor practices and is not honoring the terms of the union’s 2017 agreement. The union believes the agreement said the district would direct savings from the teachers’ lower quality health plan strictly toward improving schools by reducing class sizes and funding more health workers and counselors. Administrators want to use the savings to address the district’s $35 million deficit before improving student services.

The district has until the end of June to pass a balanced budget. If it does not, it faces the threat of state takeover. The district has already approved a motion to lay off employees and started cutting programs.

Staff reporter Sawsan Morrar contributed to this report.

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