LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A Los Angeles teachers strike became all but in­ev­itable Friday, with the teach­ers’ union rejecting the district’s latest contract offer despite district claims that it would result in the hiring of more teachers and reduction and capping of class sizes.

“We are at an impasse,” Uni­ted Teachers Los An­gel­es President Alex Cap­uto-Pearl told re­port­ers fol­low­ing a four-hour bar­gain­ing session at Los An­gel­es Unified School Dis­trict headquarters. “If the dis­trict has a proposal for us that is demonstrably dif­ferent for us between now and Monday, they can send it to us and we’ll con­sid­er it.

“Short of a surprise like that ... on Monday we will be on strike for our stu­dents, for our schools and for the future of public ed­u­cation,” he said.

UTLA bargaining chair Ar­lene Inouye said they were “insulted” by the “woefully in­ad­e­quate” offer, saying the new hires in the proposal would be bud­geted for only one year.

“We have been dis­re­spect­ed along with the stu­dents and families,” she said, adding that Su­per­intendent Austin Beutner did not show up at the bar­gain­ing session and an­nounced the district’s offer to the media before presenting it to the union.

The district issued a state­ment saying it was “ex­tremely disappointed” at the union’s rejection of the latest contract offer “with­out proposing any counter-offer.”

“UTLA has refused to con­tinue contract ne­g­o­ti­a­tions,” according to the district.

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