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The L.A. teacher strike may be over, but observers warn there’s no ‘clear path forward’ for how LAUSD can afford its new contract

By Taylor Swaak | LA School Report The L.A. Unified school board has approved a contract with its teachers union that officials admit they can’t fully afford, calling the deal’s sustainability into question as the district receives repeated warnings from the county that it’s in severe financial straits. To shoulder about $840 million in added costs through 2021, district officials say they’re largely relying on more state funding and a 2020 California tax referendum — neither of which are guaran...
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Thousands of protesters decry potential limits on charter schools as LAUSD board tackles teachers’ pact

As Los Angeles Unified’s school board geared up to vote on the hard-fought agreement that ended the nine-day teachers strike — which includes a resolution calling on Superintendent Austin Beutner to explore a temporary freeze on new charter schools in Los Angeles — students, parents and teachers from dozens of charter schools rallied against the measure outside district headquarters. The rally, which organizers said numbered about 5,000 demonstrators, inspired déjà vu of the United Teachers Los ...
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LAUSD tackles teachers’ agreement, charter resolution today

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education is slated to vote today on the agreement hammered out between district officials and its teachers during a bitter nine-day strike. The agreement will call for a complex mix of flexibility and cleverness from the district to secure an influx of new funding from the state and elsewhere to fend off the financial disaster that LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner has been warning of since the day he took office. The district also tackles a ...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Donald Trump, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner


LAUSD teachers strike ends, but the debate is revving up in Sacramento

By Ricardo Cano As Los Angeles teachers celebrate the end of their six-day strike against California’s largest school district, the issues underlying the union’s bitter walkout appear to be headed straight for the state Capitol. The Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles reached a deal Tuesday, ending nearly two years of deadlocked negotiations. The strike—the first in 30 years at the district—had impacted more than a half-million students and disrupted the city for ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Senate, Sacramento, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, City Hall, Capitol


LAUSD teachers strike, Day 8: Could it be wrapped up by Tuesday?

The lights are on at LA City Hall late Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, as LAUSD and UTLA negotiators work through the night in an effort to end the teacher strike. (Photo by Bradley Bermont/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News) LOS ANGELES — Representatives of the Los Angeles teachers union and Los Angeles Unified School District officials negotiated overnight at City Hall into Monday on the eighth day of a teachers strike, with classes set to resume Tuesday, though maybe still without teachers. Sun...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, City Hall, Daily News, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Daily News, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner


Former LAUSD board president Zimmer may be helping in talks to end teachers strike

LOS ANGELES – Former Los Angeles Unified School Board President Steve Zimmer appears to be helping facilitate  talks between district and union leaders in an effort to bring an end to a teachers strike that has extended into a fifth day. Zimmer has been working for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office as a senior adviser on education policy since September of 2017, a role he took a few months after he lost a re-election bid in May of that year to Nick Melvoin. Garcetti’s office has been mediating the la...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Zimmer, Garcetti, Scott Schmerelson, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Steve Zimmer, Marshall High School, Beutner


LAUSD teachers strike, Day 5: Teachers head back to picket lines after marathon bargaining session overnight

LOS ANGELES – The union representing thousands of striking teachers and the Los Angeles Unified School District ended a marathon bargaining session early today and scheduled another round for later this morning in an effort to end a 5-day work stoppage — the first against the school district in 30 years. A negotiating session arranged in part by Mayor Eric Garcetti with an assist from state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond began at midday Thursday and ended at 12:04 this mornin...
Tags: News, Education, Office, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, City Hall, Board of Education, McKenna, Los Angeles Unified School District, Grand Park, Scott Schmerelson


LAUSD School Board member Schmerelson goes his own way on Beutner’s handling of strike: ‘I couldn’t keep quiet anymore’

A Los Angeles Unified School District board member representing the West San Fernando Valley criticized Superintendent Austin Beutner’s handling of this week’s massive strike, arguing there is more money to fulfill some of the teachers’ contract demands in what has become the first walkout in the giant school system in 30 years. Board member Scott Schmerelson issued a statement this week pledging his support to teachers on the picket lines. It highlighted the rift on the school board among those...
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LAUSD teachers strike, Day 4: Talks to resume at City Hall

LOS ANGELES — Negotiations between the union representing striking teachers and the Los Angeles Unified School District will resume Thursday at City Hall. “The Mayor’s Office will facilitate these negotiations,” according to a statement released by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office Wednesday night. United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing the teachers, “will be ready to bargain tomorrow, and our team will work long and hard toward an agreement that benefits our students, members and commun...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Union, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, City Hall, State, McKenna, Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, Scott Schmerelson


LAUSD teachers strike, Day 3: Thousands of teachers heading back to picket lines as UTLA calls out district for ‘mixed messages’

LOS ANGELES — The first teachers strike to hit the Los Angeles Unified School District in 30 years goes into its third day today as thousands of educators seeking increased pay, smaller class sizes and the hiring of more support staff, such as nurses, counselors and librarians. Teachers at The Accelerated Schools charter school in South Los Angeles also went on strike — it began Tuesday — and are calling for increased teachers’ salaries and health benefits in order to bolster teacher retention. ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Union, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, South Los Angeles, LA County, Garcetti, Koreatown


LAUSD teachers strike, Day 3: Thousands of teachers heading back to picket lines

LOS ANGELES – The first teachers strike to hit the Los Angeles Unified School District in 30 years goes into its third day today as thousands of educators seeking increased pay, smaller class sizes and the hiring of more support staff, such as nurses, counselors and librarians. Teachers at The Accelerated Schools charter school in South Los Angeles also went on strike — it began Tuesday — and are calling for increased teachers’ salaries and health benefits in order to bolster teacher retention. ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Union, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, South Los Angeles, LA County, Koreatown, Wilshire Blvd


LAUSD teachers strike, Day 2: Beutner urges teachers to get back to classroom, says district lost $25 million on first day of walkout

As thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers headed back to the picket lines Tuesday, the district’s chief urged teachers and their union to come back to the classroom, and made a plea for a renewed effort to seek funding from Sacramento to meet teachers’ demands. “Our students are best served with an educator in every classroom,” said LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner in a morning news conference. “We need our educators back in our classrooms, helping to inspire our students.”...
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LAUSD teachers strike, Day 2: Here’s what’s happening today

Thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers were headed to the picket lines Tuesday for a second day of striking over demands for smaller class size, a pay hike and more resources in local classrooms. After two years of negotiations that found little common ground between the teachers union and district, thousands of teachers made good on a threat to strike on Monday — the first district walkout since 1989. They formed picket lines outside schools across the vast district and conve...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Wilmington, South Los Angeles, San Pedro High School, Gipson, SAG AFTRA


Tale of two schools: Though separated by just 9 miles, effects of the strike on these campuses are far apart

Brenda Sandoval has already taken two days off work from her job as a receptionist at a nearby mental health clinic to support the striking teachers of Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima. Depending on how long the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers’ strike lasts, she may have to take more time off. But she’s willing to do it. “I feel that I have no choice,” said Sandoval as she juggled a UTLA protest sign in Spanish, a floral-printed umbrella and the hand of her poncho-clad first gra...
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Tale of two schools: Though separated by just 9 miles, effects of the strike on these campuses are very far apart

Brenda Sandoval has already taken two days off work from her job as a receptionist at a nearby mental health clinic to support the striking teachers of Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima. Depending on how long the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers’ strike lasts, she may have to take more time off. But she’s willing to do it. “I feel that I have no choice,” said Sandoval as she juggled a UTLA protest sign in Spanish, a floral-printed umbrella and the hand of her poncho-clad first gra...
Tags: Facebook, Business, News, Education, Abc, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Maya, City Hall, Colfax, LA County, Koreatown, Sandoval


With LAUSD’s teachers ready to strike, Southern California school districts are watching

As nearly 30,000 teachers stand ready to take to the picket lines in the Los Angeles Unified School district on Monday, districts from the Inland Empire to Orange County will be watching. The strike might not inspire copycats, but the issues that have been brewing in L.A. —from class size to salary to the growth of charter schools to rising pension costs — are ringing familiar in places like San Bernardino, Santa Ana, San Gabriel Valley and other districts that neighbor the nation’s second large...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Sport, Soccer, United States, Lausd, Local News, Orange County, Southern California, San Pedro, San Bernardino, U S Supreme Court


LAUSD teachers went on strike in 1989. But are the stakes higher in 2019?

Whether they were stuck in an auditorium or playing long-term hooky, many a school kid old enough to remember the 1989 Los Angeles teachers strike recalls the period as nine days of good old-fashioned lawlessness. Quoted in a New York Times article at the time, LAPD Lieut. Frank Valdez expressed his concern about “little predators” roaming LA’s downtown streets. “The problem kids are not going to go to school and it’s going to create problems all over, not just on campus,” he said during the str...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, New York Times, Lausd, Local News, Ucla, Perez, Feb, Valley, Burbank, California Teachers Association


LAUSD strike update: Day 2 of renewed talks go nowhere, union president says

The second round of last-ditch talks between Los Angeles Unified and the teachers union as they try to avert a strike stalled Wednesday, according to union officials. The strike is now planned for Monday, Jan. 14, union officials announced earlier Wednesday. The strike was scheduled for Thursday. “Today in bargaining,” union President Alex Caputo Pearl said Wednesday evening, “we did not see seriousness on the part of the school district to try and resolve our contract struggle.” Related Artic...
Tags: Education, Uncategorized, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, District, LA County, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner, UTLA, LA Metro, LA Unified


LAUSD teachers strike update: UTLA pushes potential strike to Monday

United Teachers Los Angeles said Wednesday that it will change its date for a potential strike to Monday, Jan. 14 after a stall in court between union and district attorneys. It was originally slated for Thursday, Jan. 10. In a statement, UTLA said “While we believe we would eventually win in court against all of Austin Beutner’s anti-union, high-priced attempts to stop our legal right to strike, in order for clarity and to allow members, parents and our communities to plan, UTLA is moving the s...
Tags: News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Superior Court, City News Service, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Beutner, UTLA, LA Metro, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Monica Garcia, LAUSD Board of Education


LAUSD teachers strike update: UTLA, district to hold last-ditch talks to prevent 30,000 teachers from walking out

LOS ANGELES —The 600,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District and the union representing the district’s 30,000 teachers planned to hold 11th-hour talks today in hopes of staving off the district’s first teachers strike in 30 years, possibly starting Thursday. Consistent with the secrecy that the two sides have frequently exhibited, there has been no announcement as of early this morning as to when and where the talks would take place. The Los Angeles Unified School District has tried a nu...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner, UTLA


LAUSD teachers strike update: District’s effort to delay walkout gets no action in court

LOS ANGELES — With the first Los Angeles teachers’ strike in 30 years set to possibly start on Thursday, a legal maneuver by the Los Angeles Unified School District to delay the walkout by at least a few days did not produce any results Tuesday. In dispute is whether United Teachers Los Angeles gave the LAUSD a legally required 10-day notice that its members would stop working under the existing contract, but no hearing took place after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Samantha Jessner denied a ...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, North Hollywood, Beutner, UTLA, LA Metro


If there’s an LAUSD teachers strike, non-union substitute teachers could be highly paid

Filling classrooms with substitutes, if a looming strike lands this week, could come with a hefty price tag for Los Angeles Unified. While the district has about about 2,000 district employees — who have teaching credentials but are not in the teachers union — assigned to work in specific schools or areas, according to a new report that came out today, officials could also bring in up to 4,400 contract substitutes to fill holes. Those subs would make substantially more than regular L.A. Unified ...
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LAUSD teachers may go on strike this week for the first time since 1989: Here’s what you need to know

Come this Thursday, 30,000 K-12 educators in Los Angeles may not show up for work, leaving close to half a million students without a teacher in their classrooms. A strike could be avoided as leaders of LA Unified School District and teachers union UTLA return to the negotiating table Monday, but what should LAUSD families expect during a strike if they don’t cut a deal? Negotiating teams of the country’s second largest school district and its teachers union have been unsuccessful in brokering a...
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Two years into a fierce contract battle, LAUSD, UTLA can’t agree on a common set of facts

It’s taken two years. Numerous visits to the bargaining table. Back and forth. A mediator. A fact-finder. And after all that — as the potential for the first teachers strike in nearly 30 years cast its ever-darkening shadow this week — chief of the vast Los Angeles public school district Austin Beutner came to an overarching coda on the fierce contract fight that has engulfed the second-largest school district in the United States. “Part of my frustration in this is, we are two years in and ther...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Lausd, Local News, John McCoy, Middle, Los Angeles Unified School District, DTLA, Grand Park, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl


LA teachers union, district set to get back to bargaining table on Monday

LOS ANGELES – The union representing Los Angeles Unified School District teachers confirmed Friday its labor negotiators will meet with district officials Monday for a bargaining session, just days before the union is scheduled to begin LAUSD’s first teachers’ strike since 1989. UTLA bargaining chair Arlene Inouye said union officials spoke with the district Friday and confirmed the two sides will meet Monday. She said the meeting “is good news,” but she said the union needs “to see a real offer...
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With strike looming, will LAUSD and teachers’ union return to contract talks?

LOS ANGELES — With a potential strike just a week away, the union representing Los Angeles Unified teachers said Thursday it is prepared to meet with school district labor negotiators Monday if they have a “legitimate and clear” contract offer to discuss, an offer the district said it welcomes. Whether the two sides will actually return to the bargaining table was not immediately clear. The district on Wednesday accused United Teachers Los Angeles of refusing to engage in further negotiating ses...
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As 2019 chimes in, LAUSD board members urge teachers to seek compromise and avoid strike

Los Angeles Unified School District board members joined the chief of schools on Wednesday to usher in the new year with a plea to union teachers to get back to the bargaining table. In some of their first public comments on the issue since a Jan. 10 strike date was set, district trustees urged compromise and a settlement to a fierce contract dispute mired in back-and-forth public posturing over Twitter and through other public comments. If the parties fail to reach an agreement before next Thur...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Union, Lausd, Local News, Ucla, John Rogers, PLAYA VISTA, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified


If there’s an LAUSD strike, taxpayers, communities across state could feel it

By Ricardo Cano, CALMatters The nation’s second largest school district is about to ring in 2019 with a teacher strike that is already reverberating in public schools across California, and could be felt by taxpayers and communities throughout the state. United Teachers Los Angeles, which represents more than 30,000 teachers and employees in the Los Angeles Unified School District, says it will strike Jan. 10—the first Thursday after students return from the holiday break—unless the district agr...
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LAUSD hires hundreds of substitute staffers as teachers prepare to strike

As leaders of Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles remain locked in an impasse over a new contract, the district has hired hundreds of substitute staffers to replace picketing educators in the event of a potential strike come Jan. 10. The districts’ preliminary move, alongside the union’s strike preparations, is a sign of the increasing likelihood of a the strike that would be LAUSD’s first since 1989 and stands to impact the daily operations of hundreds of schools...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Valley, PTA, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner, Caputo, UTLA, LA Unified, Top Stories LADN


Thousands of LAUSD teachers march in downtown LA for better pay, smaller class size

As a teachers’ strike looms over the nation’s second-largest school district, about 50,000 educators, parents and students marched through downtown Los Angeles Saturday morning demanding higher pay and smaller class sizes throughout the sprawling district. Streets and sidewalks from L.A. City Hall to the Broad Museum turned into a sea of red with teachers proudly wearing their union T-shirts. Others wore red in solidarity. As a teacher’s strike looms, LAUSD teachers from around the city stag...
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