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Why charter schools are the flashpoint for the LA teachers' strike

When teachers from the largest school district in America walked off the job this week, they were not campaigning for wages: rather, they were demanding smaller classes; more librarians, counselors, aides and special-ed teachers; and to rein in the Charter school movement, and that last demand is the key to understanding the whole thing. Charter schools were developed in the wake of the Brown v Board of Ed decision, which found that racially segregated public schools were illegal; charter s...
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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...
Tags: School, News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, City Hall, McKenna, Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, School Board, Scott Schmerelson


With little learning happening inside strike-humbled LAUSD schools, high achievers feel the pressure not to fall behind

Jaimie Lee and Dalia Elrih, juniors at Los Angeles Unified School District’s John Marshall High School, have the same ambitious class schedule: AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus and honors U.S. History. The two picketed with striking LAUSD teachers outside the school on Monday and joined a UTLA rally downtown. But in the days since, they’ve veered in different directions absent teachers — one hitting the books at school and the other at home — in an attempt to stay ...
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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 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.”...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Wilmington, South Los Angeles, San Pedro High School, Gipson


This independent LA charter school is going on strike today

LOS ANGELES — Teachers at The Accelerated Schools charter network in Los Angeles are set to carry out the first-ever strike by charter teachers in California today, Tuesday, Jan. 15, calling for increased pay and health benefits to reduce the high teacher turnover rate at the school. The teachers are represented by United Teachers Los Angeles, the same union that represents striking Los Angeles Unified School District educators. Negotiations between teachers and The Accelerated Schools began 20 ...
Tags: Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, American Federation Of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District, Highland Ave, United Teachers Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl


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


This is what class was like at El Sereno Middle School during the LAUSD strike

The LAUSD’s chief academic officer, Dr. Frances Gipson organizes students in the hallway between classes at El Sereno Middle School in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Gipson is a former principal at the school and helped out Monday as the teachers were out on strike. Only about 25% of the students at El Sereno came to school Monday. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) The LAUSD’s chief academic officer, Dr. Frances Gipson distributes paperwork to a group of students she was teach...
Tags: Education, La, India, Time, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Harry Potter, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Anderson, Gilstrap, Applebee, Gipson


LA Mayor Eric Garcetti says ‘this is the time’ for LAUSD, UTLA to make an agreement

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday urged the Los Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles to return to the bargaining table, adding he was hopeful the two sides could find enough common ground soon to end what is the first such strike in 30 years. “This is the time to make an agreement,” Garcetti said at a news conference Monday afternoon. “There is notmuch that separates the two sides and there has been movement towards what the teachers have demanded and what the district can af...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, City Hall, Los Angeles Police Department, Downtown Los Angeles, Garcetti, City News Service, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


In LA, the teachers of America's largest school district are on strike

LA teachers are on strike today, fighting against privatization, standardized tests, giant classes, and clawbacks of in-class teachers' aides. The LA Unified School District -- whose billionaire superintendent was installed thanks to oceans of dark money fronted by the charter school lobby -- will respond by spending its $1.86 billion reserve on high-priced scabs. Unlike last year's wave of #RedForEd teachers' strikes, LA teachers are striking against Democratic party operative and donors,...
Tags: Post, News, Education, Labor, California, La, America, Los Angeles, Teachers, Lausd, Class War, Donald Trump, Democratic Party, Austin Beutner, Dinos, Late Stage Capitalism


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


Woodland Hills street becomes chanting ground for LA teachers strike supporters

Dozens of students, parents and teachers took to the streets in Woodland Hills Friday to show their support for Los Angeles teachers who are expected to go on strike Monday. Daneh Gallo, a fifth-grade teacher from Welby Way Elementary School, in West Hills, said she was not concerned about a pay raise but rather about her class size. “I had kids who were on a suicide watch and kids who were depressed,” she said, adding that with social media “the essence of our jobs has changed, but the district...
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As students head back to school, LAUSD strike looms

The kids are back in school — but another interruption to their education may be days away. As students in the Los Angeles Unified School District return to class Monday, Jan. 7, after the holiday break, a brewing storm over the future of education in the district looms, with 30,000 teachers planning to strike on Thursday, Jan. 10. The coming strike is over what the teachers union, the UTLA, calls the district’s failure to reduces class sizes and boost staffing — particularly counselors, librari...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Union, Lausd, Local News, City Hall, Alex Caputo Pearl, UTLA, Southern California News Group, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


As LA Unified pushes new legal bid to postpone strike, parents and teachers make their picket signs in North Hollywood

On a street corner in North Hollywood, dozens of LAUSD elementary school students held handmade picket signs and chanted “Class size matters” or “We support teachers” to honking passersby on Sunday, as the teachers union said that its Jan. 10 strike date may be prolonged to Jan. 14 by a new legal offensive filed by the district. “UTLA goes to court proactively this week to scuttle his third attempt at an injunction, based on a disingenuous claim that UTLA did not give sufficient notice of our in...
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As LAUSD pushes new legal bid to postpone strike, parents and teachers make their picket signs in North Hollywood

On a street corner in North Hollywood, dozens of Los Angeles Unified elementary school students held handmade picket signs and chanted “Class size matters” or “We support teachers” to honking passersby on Sunday, as the teachers union said that its Jan. 10 strike date may be prolonged to Jan. 14 by a new legal offensive filed by the district. “UTLA goes to court proactively this week to scuttle his third attempt at an injunction, based on a disingenuous claim that UTLA did not give sufficient no...
Tags: Facebook, News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Otis, Colfax, Los Angeles Unified, PTA, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, North Hollywood, Faith Presbyterian Church


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...
Tags: News, Education, La, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner, UTLA, Top Stories LADN


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


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


LAUSD teachers set strike date, saying ‘enough is enough’ after negotiations fail

Los Angeles public teachers are not going back to the bargaining table, and have set Jan. 10 as a strike date unless there are “dramatic shifts in approach” in negotiating tactics from the Los Angeles Unified School District, said Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles. Caputo-Pearl announced the strike date Wednesday morning, a day after slamming reports that the district and the union had reached a deal on a 6 percent salary increase. For nearly two years, the sides have b...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, State, Los Angeles Unified School District, City News Service, Alex Caputo Pearl, Public Employment Relations Board, UTLA, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


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...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Jones, Daily News, Chula Vista, Valley, Martinez, John McCoy, Sun Valley


California School Dashboard gets an online upgrade. But for school accountability, has it gone far enough?

By Taylor Swaak, LA School Report The much-anticipated redesign of California’s maligned school dashboard is live — but some education advocates aren’t convinced it went far enough to improve usability for parents. The California School Dashboard is a state-run platform that rates districts, schools and student groups on indicators such as test scores and student suspensions — and, as of this month, chronic absenteeism and college/career readiness — on a scale of five colors: red (the worst) to ...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Local News, Education Trust, Litt, LA school, California Board of Education, Education Commission of the States, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


LA schools are awarded $77 million in federal grant money for college access among low-income students

As a young Angeleno in an unstable housing situation and low-income parents, college was far from a given for Mark Aguilar. But thanks in part to a national college readiness program, he’s now in his second year at CSUN as a political science major. At the New Economics for Women center in Canoga Park, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Youth Policy Institute along with charter school group Bright Star Schools will receive $77.8 mi...
Tags: News, Education, Congress, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Clinton, Trump, U S Department of Education, CSUN, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti


West Valley residents weigh in on LAUSD study to turn district sites into housing for homeless youth, families

A push to study whether Los Angeles public schools can house homeless students and their families is drawing fierce pushback from some West Valley residents, who say their area is too residential — and becoming even more so with major developments in the pipeline — for such an effort. More than 200 residents packed a room at the American Legion Hall in Woodland Hills Wednesday night, with the overflow spilling outside despite the pouring rain during what was the first community meeting since the...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Pasadena, Local News, Platt, Valley, Walker, Winnetka, Woodland Hills, LA County


Telfair Elementary: The heart of LAUSD’s homeless crisis could become ground zero for change

By Taylor Swaak, LA School Report If LA Unified’s growing student homeless crisis had an epicenter, Telfair Elementary in the northeast San Fernando Valley would be it. Last year the school had the highest percentage of homeless students; so far this year, it’s tied for first place. And as the district explores expanding support for its estimated 16,000 homeless students, Telfair could be first in line for help — and a model for the rest of LA Unified. The school board in November passed a resol...
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Could LAUSD house homeless students and families?

By Taylor Swaak, LA School Report LA Unified’s school board voted Tuesday to study using district property to house homeless students and their families, despite split public opinion. In a 4-1 vote with one abstention, school board members approved a resolution giving Superintendent Austin Beutner six months to research the feasibility of using district sites to: Allow overnight parking for homeless students and families, in collaboration with the Safe Parking L.A. program,Provide overnight shel...
Tags: Texas, News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Homeless, San Jose, Venice, Lausd, Local News, Los Angeles Times, Murray


LAUSD chief Austin Beutner wants to bring local control, family involvement to schools

“Decision-making should be closer to the school site, to the teachers,” said LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner. “They have the strongest relationship with students and families.” (File photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report Six months after taking over as the Los Angeles Unified School District’s superintendent and vowing to bring change, Austin Beutner is weeks away from unveiling his strategic plan for the nation’s second-largest sc...
Tags: News, Education, La, Angels, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Los Angeles Times, Jones, Fafsa, Ernst Young, Los Angeles Daily News, David Crane


LA County to LAUSD: Drop in financial reserves ‘continues to be alarming’

Laura Greanias, LA School Report LA Unified’s budget has been approved for now by its county overseers, but they gave the district a new deadline for it to address its structural deficit or face a takeover. In a  delivered late Thursday, the Los Angeles County Office of Education said the district’s continued use of deficit spending — meaning it is eating into its savings to cover its operating costs  — has led to a “drastic” drop in its financial reserves and “continues to be alarming.” “LAUSD ...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Valley, LA County, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, LA school, Houlihan, UTLA, LA Unified, Top Stories LADN


School district refuses to give Vietnam vet diploma

The bullet busted through his boot and pierced his heel. Fifty years later, he remembers how badly it burned. Still, he was able to spot the enemy and give coordinates to two Cobra helicopters and the infantry. It was April 1969 in a firefight outside My Tho in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Ken Weiner, a Purple Heart and Air Medal with Valor winner, was 18 then. He still doesn’t sleep all the way through at night. “I get nervous,” said Weiner, who lives in Murrieta. He is still fighting. H...
Tags: News, Education, La, California News, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Military, Veterans, United States, Army, Vietnam, Michael Jackson, Sam, Grammys, Elvis


LA teachers union rejects latest contract offer from LAUSD

LOS ANGELES — The union representing Los Angeles Unified teachers on Wednesday rejected an updated contract offer from the district that includes a retroactive pay raise and a guaranteed additional pay raise for the current school year. The union’s rejection of the proposal continues a stalemate that could lead to the first teachers’ strike in the district since 1989. The district’s updated contract offer, dated Tuesday, includes a 3 percent pay raise retroactive to 2017-18, plus a guaranteed 3 ...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Union, Lausd, Local News, Los Angeles Unified, UTLA, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Alex Caputo, Pearl Union, Anna Bakalis



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