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L.A. County funds $9.7 million in mental health resources for LAUSD students

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved $17.4 million in funding for mental health resources at Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles County Office of Education campuses. Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who recommended funding more mental health teams in schools, cited a study that found rates of major depression in 12- to 17-year-olds increased 52 percent from 2005-17, along with an uptick in suicides by young adults ages 18-23. “While these statis...
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Aiming to harness strike momentum, LAUSD board set to advance education tax increase

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education is expected Thursday to vote to place a proposed parcel tax before voters in hopes of generating hundreds of millions of dollars for local schools. The board’s discussion comes on the heels of a teachers’ strike that ended with the district committing to the hiring of more educators and school staff and reductions in class sizes. With Los Angeles County education officials already warning the district that its long-term fin...
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LAUSD’s board is set to support an education tax increase today. They’re hoping voters agree.

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education is expected Thursday to vote to place a proposed parcel tax before voters in hopes of generating hundreds of millions of dollars for local schools. The board’s discussion comes on the heels of a teachers’ strike that ended with the district committing to the hiring of more educators and school staff and reductions in class sizes. With Los Angeles County education officials already warning the district that its long-term fin...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Social Security, Lausd, Local News, Los Angeles County, Austin Beutner, Beutner, Public Education, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


LAUSD school board to float parcel tax in wake of teachers strike

The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education is set to discuss possible strategies to increase revenue, including a local parcel tax on Tuesday morning, a month after the district reached an expensive contract agreement with striking public school teachers. On the board’s agenda is the introduction of ballot language a “local tax revenue” initiative by district Program and Policy Development Advisor Amanda Wherrit along with presentations on local polling and legal considerations f...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner, UTLA, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, LA County Office of Education, Amanda Wherrit


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 ...
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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 ...
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Now that the Los Angeles teachers strike has ended, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the United Teachers Los Angeles union have pledged to work together, on improvements for district schools, to push for more education funds from county and state governments and to advocate for a change to the state’s property tax system to generate more money for schools in the future. But it was just last month that a state-appointed fact-finding report noted a “lack of trust” between the two sides....
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Now that the Los Angeles teachers strike has ended, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the United Teachers Los Angeles union have pledged to work together, on improvements for district schools, to push for more education funds from county and state governments and to advocate for a change to the state’s property tax system to generate more money for schools in the future. But it was just last month that a state-appointed fact-finding report noted a “lack of trust” between the two sides....
Tags: Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Eric Garcetti, Ucla, Rogers, John Rogers, Macon, California Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Reseda


The strike is over in LAUSD, but the district’s problems remain

“This wouldn’t happen at Hogwarts.” So read a protest sign displayed during the recent LA teacher strike. But no district official — or lawmaker or taxpayer — can wave a magic wand to make LAUSD’s crushing fiscal problems go away. After more than a week of negotiating, LAUSD officials largely agreed to union demands, and teachers returned to work on Jan. 23. News media have called the settlement “historic,” but considering the promises for additional hires and new funding, the settlement sounds ...
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LA Teachers Go Back To School After Contract Deal Ends Six-Day Strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers planned to return to work Wednesday after voting to ratify a deal between their union and school officials, ending a six-day strike in the nation’s second-largest district. “I voted ‘yes,’ to approve,” said second-grade teacher Wendy Perez. “I think the union negotiated in good faith, and I’d like to believe the district did too.” A crowd of teachers roared its approval after the tentative deal was announced at City Hall following a ...
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What will make LAUSD teachers’ deal work? New outside funding – and teamwork

Teachers, board members and experts had just begun to scrutinize the landmark deal that effectively ended the Los Angeles Unified School District’s strike on Tuesday. But one thing is clear: 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. LAUSD strike update: UTLA say...
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‘Celebrate good times’ is the soundtrack as LAUSD teachers exult to news of strike’s end

Waves of relief and elation passed over the throng of teachers picketing in front of Taft Charter High School on Tuesday morning as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the words “We have an agreement.” Exclamations of “Garcetti for President!” and “What now?” could be heard as the news spread through the crowd. An impromptu dance line broke out, with “Celebrate” by Kool and the Gang as its soundtrack. As the news broke, students and teachers watched the historic news conference on their cell ph...
Tags: Business, News, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Gang, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Alex, City Hall, Taft, Kool, Garcetti, United Teachers Los Angeles


‘Celebrate good times…’ is the soundtrack as picketers exult to news of end to LAUSD strike

Waves of relief and elation passed over the throng of teachers picketing outside Taft Charter High School on Tuesday morning as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke the words “We have an agreement.” Exclamations of “Garcetti for President!” and “What do we do now?” could be heard as the news spread through the crowd watching the historic City Hall news conference on cell phones. Hugs, handshakes were suddenly everywhere, as well as a singalong to Queen’s “We Are The Champions” and an impromptu ...
Tags: Business, News, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Derry, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Alex, City Hall, Taft, Kool, Garcetti, O'Neill


LAUSD teachers strike, Day 9: Negotiators work through the night, and joint news conference is sign of hope

A joint news conference set for Tuesday morning sparked hope that the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers strike could be coming to an end. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner and United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl were slated to appear together at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall. The fact that both sides are appearing together could be a sign that an agreement ending the walkout — which is entering its ninth day — is at hand. Negotiations on the L...
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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


Garcetti dives into LAUSD, UTLA strike talks, with presidential ambitions on the line

With tens of thousands of teachers striking all over the city he governs, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti stepped up to a City Hall podium last week with a message: “This is the time to make an agreement,” Garcetti said, the first day of a teacher strike that over the next five days would ripple across the region and the nation. Since the strike began, Garcetti, 47, has taken a very public stage with UTLA’s Alex Caputo-Pearl and district chief Austin Beutner. While Caputo-Pearl implored striking...
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LAUSD teachers strike, Day 6: ‘Productive’ talks to end massive walkout continue into weekend

LOS ANGELES – Negotiations between the bargaining teams from the union representing striking Los Angeles teachers and officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District are expected to resume this morning, one day after Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Twitter that the first two days of renewed talks had been “productive.” The second day of discussions since the strike began concluded at 9:08 p.m. Friday, tweeted Garcetti, whose office is facilitating the negotiations. Today’s round of negotiatio...
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LAUSD’s student decathletes wait and worry while teachers’ strike chips away at their chance to compete

“Today’s lesson is social activism and participatory democracy,” Heather Wilson, AP English and 9th Grade Honors English teacher at Bell High School, told her Academic Decathlon team this week as the LAUSD teachers strike trudged on. The labor dispute left students without their regular curriculum — and also shut down most of the clubs and extracurricular activities they look forward to. The Academic Decathlon, among the most anticipated annual events for student scholars, is just around the cor...
Tags: Business, News, California, La, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Bell, City Hall, Wilson, Los Angeles Unified School District, Schmerelson, Huntington Park, Cardenas


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 denies effort to close LA schools after administrators cite safety concerns

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner denied a request Thursday by the district’s principals union to consider closing schools during the strike because of safety concerns. Juan A. Flecha, president of the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, wrote a letter to Beutner on Wednesday with first-hand concerns about safety from administrators who have been at schools throughout the strike. “On behalf of the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, the demand is the D...
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LA charter school parents and students call on CEO to negotiate with striking teachers

LOS ANGELES — Parents and students at The Accelerated Schools plan to deliver a petition to the charter school organization’s chief executive Friday, demanding an end to a teachers strike after an attempt to do the same the day before ended with him calling police. “The petition calls on (founder and CEO Johnathan) Williams and the charter school’s board of trustees to negotiate a fair contract for teachers and to end the bitter strike at the three schools.” The statement said parents and teache...
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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...
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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


LA Teachers Return To The Bargaining Table In Hopes Of Ending Costly Strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Teachers and officials in the nation’s second-largest school district return to the bargaining table on Thursday, hoping to end a strike that has been costly and divisive. The office of Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that talks would resume at noon at City Hall, with the office “facilitating” negotiations. The announcement didn’t indicate whether any new contract offers would be on the table. Meanwhile, the teachers’ union planned to continue its picketing for a fourth day. B...
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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...
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LA Teachers Union Signals Contract Talks Resuming On 3rd Day Of Strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The head of the Los Angeles teachers union hinted at contract talks resuming Wednesday as striking educators in the nation’s second-largest school district protested outside hundreds of schools for a third day. United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl said the union had “engaged” Mayor Eric Garcetti to help in the dispute over pay, class sizes and support staff levels that led to the first strike in 30 years and prompted the school district to staff classrooms...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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