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The first LAUSD teacher’s strike in 30 years could take place this Thursday. Here’s what to expect

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United Teachers Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District  leaders are set to meet Monday for their first face-to-face negotiation session since at least early December.

Both UTLA president Alex Caputo-Pearl and LAUSD superintendent Austin Beutner — who, for the most part, have left their bargaining delegations to conduct in-person talks — are set to personally join the discussion.

UTLA had called a strike on January 10. But teachers in the LAUSD may not be able to begin their walkout on that date. Instead, the strike may be delayed until Jan. 14. That's because of a disagreement about when and whether United Teachers Los Angeles officials filed the right paperwork giving formal notice of its intent to strike, according to a statement from the union sent Sunday.

If the strike date is delayed, that could mean not only more time for negotiators to hammer out a last-minute deal — which has eluded both sides for almost two years — and more time for the parents of 480,000 LAUSD students to make contingency plans.

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Kyle Stokes, education reporter at KPCC; he tweets @kystokes