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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...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Aclu, Lausd, Jim Morris, Johnson, Local News, Smith, Usc, Gavin Newsom, Morris, Legislative


Reducing gun violence, charter school accountability, top voter concerns in education, poll says

By Laura Fay | LA School Report School safety and college affordability are the most pressing issues in education, California voters said in a ew poll. The top priority overall was reducing gun violence in schools, with more than half of respondents saying it was “very important.” But voters with children as well as those ages 18-49 and those earning less than $35,000 a year rated college affordability as more important. The annual poll, conducted since 2012, was led by researchers at the Univer...
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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


What does fallout from LA teachers strike mean for the future of charter schools?

On paper, the six-day strike teachers strike that disrupted learning at 900 public schools across Los Angeles was a fight about orthodox demands like lower class sizes, higher pay and more support staff from nurses to librarians and counselors. But a core issue and perhaps the most divisive barely touched the bargaining table: the future of the city’s 224 charter schools. Education policy experts contend that although United Teachers Los Angeles – the union that represents the teachers in L.A. U...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Lausd, Local News, Rogers, Southern California, Santa Ana, John Rogers, Senate Education Committee


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


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...
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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...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Oakland, Local News, Richmond, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, John McCoy, Gonzalez


Teachers union demands ‘immediate’ cap on new charter schools in LAUSD, days after setting strike date

Days after United Teachers of Los Angeles announced that its first strike against LA Unified since 1989 will begin Jan. 10, the union’s president called for an “immediate” cap on charter school growth in the district. UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl and other union leaders argued that unrestricted expansion of new charter schools starves public resources from existing public schools and contributes to declining student enrollment. “We’re here today because it’s time to invest in our existing sc...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Local News, Gavin Newsom, District, LA Times, Los Angeles Unified School District, West Valley, Eli Broad, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl


Abortion pills could be given out at UC, CSU universities in California

Hoping for support from California’s new governor, an Inland state senator has re-introduced legislation requiring on-campus health centers at the state’s public universities to offer abortion-inducing pills to students seeking to terminate their pregnancies. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, is similar to legislation vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September. , Brown, who leaves office next month, wrote that the bill wasn’t needed because abortion-inducing medication is “widely ...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, California, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Abortion, Jerry Brown, UC, Gavin Newsom, Brown, Assembly, San Francisco Chronicle, Rialto


Gov. Brown rejects ethnic studies bill, saying high school students are overburdened

Concerns about high school students being overwhelmed by homework, tests and graduation requirements led Gov. Jerry Brown to veto a bill allowing some schools districts to require ethnic studies classes. The legislation, AB 2772, would have set up a three-year pilot program allowing 11 school districts that would be picked from throughout California to require students to take a semester or year of ethnic studies in order to graduate. The bill was authored by Assembly members Jose Medina, D-Rive...
Tags: Education, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, United States, San Diego, Local Politics, Jerry Brown, Oakland, Local News, Medina, Gavin Newsom, Brown, Legislature


California, other states expanding preschool programs but quality still lags

By Ashley Hopkinson, EdSource California has increased the number of 3-year-olds enrolled in state-funded preschool programs over the last 10 years, but needs to improve preschool quality, including teacher qualifications, professional development and class size. Those are among the findings in The State of Preschool 2017 report, by the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. The report, released last month, tracks program quality, state spending and enrollment in ...
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New schools chief Beutner tours LAUSD, from the Valley to East L.A.

Napa Elementary third-grader Christian Martin, 8, escorts new LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner and principal Brenda Fernandez on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, during Beutner’s whirlwind tour of LAUSD campuses that included this Northridge school. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) New LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner speaks to a Napa Elementary class at the Northridge campus during his tour of LAUSD schools on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Dai...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, Times, Local News, Los Angeles Times, Northridge, Cox, Valley, Sun Valley, San Fernando Valley


California gubernatorial candidates tackle children’s issues as June primary looms

Three of six leading candidates vying for California’s top political post faced off Tuesday night during a forum on children at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, California Treasurer John Chiang of Torrance and former state schools chief Delaine Eastin were grilled on issues ranging from education to child poverty and the foster-care system ahead of the June 5 primary election. Front-runner Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who formerly served as mayor ...
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Education emerging as key issue in governor’s race while Villaraigosa and Cox battle behind front-runner Newsom

By David Cantor | The 74 In February 2015, barely three months after he was elected to a second term as California’s lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom announced he would run for governor in 2018. The one-time mayor of San Francisco, where his dash and early support of gay marriage made him a high-profile hero on the left, raised millions for his campaign long before another candidate entered the race. He has never trailed, and will likely remain the front-runner heading into next month’s “jungle...
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Education emerging as key issue in governor’s race while Villaraigois and Cox battle behind front-runner Newsom

By David Cantor | The 74 In February 2015, barely three months after he was elected to a second term as California’s lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom announced he would run for governor in 2018. The one-time mayor of San Francisco, where his dash and early support of gay marriage made him a high-profile hero on the left, raised millions for his campaign long before another candidate entered the race. He has never trailed, and will likely remain the front-runner heading into next month’s “jungle...
Tags: News, Education, Congress, California, La, New York City, Uncategorized, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Sport, Cta, Netflix, Soccer, Gop


Big money from charter backers has potential to reshape governor’s race

By Louis Freedberg, EdSource It is crunch time for advocates of charter schools who want to see continued growth of enrollments in California’s charter schools and also want to elect a governor who they view as being most sympathetic to their cause. In this case, the candidate they are backing is former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who has been at war with California’s teachers unions for years, despite having worked for the United Teachers of Los Angeles for many years earlier in his ...
Tags: Business, News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Soccer, Local News, Reed Hastings, Gavin Newsom, Hastings, Cox, California Teachers Association, John Cox, Hasting


Tuition hike decision postponed by UC Regents

The University of California’s Board of Regents agreed Wednesday to defer a vote on a posible tuition and fees hike following pleas from students and lawmakers urging them to hold off. UC President Janet Napolitano recommended the board wait until its May meeting to vote on a 2.7 percent hike for California students. The increase would mean an extra $342 in tuition and student-services fees beginning in the fall, raising the annual tab to $12,972. “This will give us time to make our case to the ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Higher Education, Jerry Brown, Local News, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, UC, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Brown, Legislature, Napolitano


Leading Democratic candidates for California governor back universal preschool

BY LOUIS FREEDBERG AND  ASHLEY HOPKINSON, EDSOURCE In what would be a significant shift from Gov. Jerry Brown’s position on early education, the four leading Democratic candidates running to replace him next year say they are committed to offering universal preschool in California. Under Gov. Brown’s watch, California has increased the number of subsidized preschool and child care slots, as well as access to an early kindergarten grade called transitional kindergarten for some 4-year-olds. But m...
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