The L.A. Times reports that Superior Court Judge James Chalfant has blocked plans by the teachers union to walk out Friday. A one-day strike had been called by United Teachers L.A. to protest pending layoffs, in spite of a no-strike contract the membership recently ratified.

Noting that Chalfant had not yet signed a restraining order to make his ruling final, a UTLA statement released later said, “UTLA's Board of Directors and legal counsel are meeting tonight to

discuss the court's decision and to consider our response. We will

carefully review the court order when it becomes available.”

UTLA president A.J. Duffy was unavailable for comment at the time of this posting and is scheduled to speak soon at a meeting of the L.A. Unified School District board.

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