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Charter schools were once LAUSD’s ‘incubators.’ Now, they’re the competition.

While tens of thousands Los Angeles Unified School District teachers marched through Grand Park on Friday, two miles away, students inside small red and white bungalows kept working. It was a normal day for the Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School, a charter school that’s nestled under a tangle of freeways in downtown Los Angeles. Charter schools like Alliance aren’t part of LAUSD. Though the district approved its charter in 2004, it operates with its own board. So students have largely been insu...
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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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School choice must prevail in California

The outcome of the strike launched this week by United Teachers Los Angeles is surely being closely watched by unions, school districts, taxpayers and parents across the state and across the country. There’s certainly plenty at stake, not the least of which is the fiscal stability of the second-largest district in the country. District officials have warned that full acceptance of UTLA’s demands could render the district insolvent and risk a state takeover. But must be noted that beyond such an ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, New Orleans, Lausd, District, California Teachers Association, United Teachers Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl, UTLA, California Charter Schools Association, CCSA, Caputo Pearl


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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No Talks Planned As Los Angeles Teacher Strike Stretches Into Day Three

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school administrators urged the union to resume bargaining as tens of thousands of teachers planned to walk picket lines for a third day Wednesday, after being joined on strike for the first time by some of their counterparts from independent charter schools. “We need our educators back in our classrooms helping inspire our students,” said Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner. Teachers are pressing for higher pay, smaller class sizes and more su...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Ap, John Rogers, University of California Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner, LA Unified, Kate Riga, Caputo Pearl, Accelerated Schools, David Biener, Biener


LA Teacher Strike Highlights Common Challenges Facing Educators Nationwide

The setting is different, but the complaints of teachers who are out on strike in Los Angeles are echoing those heard in walkouts nationwide. Unlike protests that closed schools last spring in states including West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona, the strike that began Monday is unfolding in a liberal-leaning state and one of the country’s biggest cities. But it highlights common challenges facing educators across the country. Public education funding in many states has not returned t...
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Tens Of Thousands Of Los Angeles Teachers Strike After Contract Talks Fail

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers went on strike Monday after contentious contract negotiations failed in the nation’s second-largest school district. “Students, we are striking for you,” teachers union President Alex Caputo-Pearl told a cheering crowd of teachers marching in pouring rain. Members of United Teachers Los Angeles voted last year to walk off the job for the first time in three decades if a deal wasn’t reached on issues including higher wages and smaller...
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30,000 LAUSD teachers walk off the job in first strike since 1989

After two years of often bitter wrangling over a new contract, Los Angeles Unified School District teachers — nearly 30,000 of them — walked out today, the first strike at the massive public school system since 1989. Teachers donning ponchos, with umbrellas at the ready, began picketing early, as the L.A. area was blanketed in rain and the district’s more than half a million students arrived. And by 7:30 a.m., union President Alex Caputo-Pearl was telling the world, through a megaphone at Marsha...
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With no movement over the weekend, L.A. teachers proceeding with Monday strike plan

Without any new proposals from Los Angeles Unified School District officials coming over the weekend, the union representing 34,000 district educators is moving forward with a strike set for Monday morning, Jan. 14. Calling the offer on Friday by district officials unacceptable, Alex Caputo-Pearl, United Teachers Los Angeles president, said the union was engaged in a “battle for the soul of education” at a news conference Sunday afternoon at union headquarters near downtown Los Angeles. “We are ...
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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...
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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 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...
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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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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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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...
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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...
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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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Teachers deserve a raise, but union’s strike threat dashes public faith in L.A. Unified

Smart firms reward robust workers, be they efficient fry cooks or Yasiel Puig again batting productively for the Dodgers. Southland teachers, along this metric, deserve a pay raise after lifting student learning over the past generation. L.A. Unified’s average pupil performs a full grade-level higher today in reading and math than in 2002, as tracked by rigorous federal exams. But stalled contract talks have eclipsed this kumbaya moment, what’s deteriorated into a mud-slinging face-off between u...
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How are charter schools influencing LAUSD labor negotiations?

If teachers go on strike this school year, it would be the first amid a backdrop of a growing charter school movement that has not only drawn students from the Los Angeles Unified School District, but has also taken teachers with them. The last time Los Angeles teachers went on strike was in 1989. The California Charter School Act was signed into law in 1992 and charter school growth in Los Angeles particularly exploded within the last two decades. Los Angeles is now home to the largest number o...
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LAUSD teachers begin casting ballots in strike-authorization vote

LOS ANGELES — Amid increasing public rhetoric between their union and the school district, Los Angeles Unified teachers began casting ballots  in a strike-authorization vote as contract talks await help from a state mediator. The balloting will continue for a week. If teachers vote in favor, it does not automatically mean a strike will occur. The vote simply authorizes leaders of the union — United Teachers Los Angeles — to call for a walkout of labor talks stall. But the threat of a walkout, an...
Tags: News, Education, California, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Service Employees International Union, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Public Employment Relations Board, Beutner, UTLA, Top Stories LADN


LAUSD teachers to cast strike-authorization vote

LOS ANGELES — Unionized teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are scheduled to begin voting Thursday in a strike-authorization vote as the union and district remain at loggerheads in contract talks. The vote — which does not automatically mean a strike will be called  — will come amid labor negotiations that have been pushed into state mediation, thanks to the union declaring an impasse in talks. Alex Caputo-Pearl is president of United Teachers Los Angeles. (Daily News file pho...
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