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STRIKING TEACHERS WANT PART OF TAX SURPLUS

Teachers entered their fifth day of a walkout Friday demanding a chunk of the state's newly announced tax surplus in their negotiations with the nation's second-largest school district.

Neither the district nor the teachers would discuss with reporters what progress had been made in talks held Thursday night."There are going to be some meetings on our side in the morning and some meetings on their side in the morning and we'll be back tomorrow," United Teachers-Los Angeles President Wayne Johnson said after the talks at a downtown hotel broke up around midnight.

More than 22,000 teachers are on strike, with about 11,000 remaining teachers and substitutes crossing picket lines at the city's 600 schools.