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New LAUSD board member — whoever it is — will need to bridge union, district divide

With all eyes focused on a strike by Los Angeles Unified’s 30,000 teachers, it was possible to forget the school board is still one member short. Who that member is matters — a lot. A special election on March 5 will determine who will fill the empty District 5 seat and enter a fraught atmosphere stemming from the stand-off between the teachers’ union and the district and the continuing debate over charter schools. The District 5 seat was left open when Board Member Ref Rodriguez stepped down la...
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Teachers should be striking for more school choice, not less

Public school teachers started striking in Los Angeles this week. Educators in Los Angeles Unified – the second biggest school district in the United States – demand bigger paychecks and smaller class sizes. The teachers union claims that the state’s unregulated charter school growth is to blame. But basic economic theory – and the scientific evidence – suggests that public school teachers should instead be fighting to increase school choice. Here’s why. Economists would argue that public school...
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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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LA teachers' strike: Charter school teachers walk out, too

LA teachers have walked out, striking in torrential rains, protesting the billionaire-backed privatization movement that wants to hand public school funding to charter schools. So it would be noteworthy that teachers at three charter schools have walked out in solidarity with their colleagues in the largest public school district in the nation in any event -- but doubly so because it's the first time in California history that charter school teachers have gone out on strike. Although...
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8 questions parents have about today’s LAUSD teachers strike

How long will the strike last? That’s the question parents, among others, are asking as a Los Angeles Unified teachers strike gets underway Monday. At this point, it’s anybody’s guess. As classes were slated to begin Monday morning, LAUSD teachers were out picketing rather than in the classroom. In response, district officials have been planning how to keep instruction going. But there are certainly challenges: L.A. Unified is massive, comprising more than 60,000 employees and 1,000 schools acro...
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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...
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A strike teaches the wrong lesson to our students

As public servants – some of us are former educators as well – we have learned valuable lessons about the classroom: First and foremost, teachers are truly unsung heroes who make a real difference every day by enabling and empowering students to achieve their dreams. Second, teachers are underpaid, undervalued and underappreciated while facing daunting challenges. Nowhere is this more evident than the Los Angeles Unified School District, where nearly two-thirds of students struggle to read, writ...
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Answers to 7 questions parents may have about possible LAUSD teachers strike

Will they or won’t they? That’s the question parents, among others, have asked for the past week as a planned Los Angeles Unified teachers strike nears. The strike, currently planned for Thursday — though that could change — would mean the school district’s teachers would be out picketing rather than in the classroom. In response, district officials have been planning how to keep instruction going. But there are certainly challenges: L.A. Unified is massive, comprising more than 60,000 employees...
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​As LAUSD teachers strike nears, here are 7 things parents should know

Will they or won’t they? That’s the question parents, among others, have asked for the past week as a planned Los Angeles Unified teachers strike nears. The strike, currently planned for Thursday — though that could change — would mean the school district’s teachers would be out picketing rather than in the classroom. In response, district officials have been planning how to keep instruction going. But there are certainly challenges: L.A. Unified is massive, comprising more than 60,000 employees...
Tags: News, Education, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Athletics, Lausd, Local News, Jones, Board of Education, Los Angeles Police Department, Barbara Jones, Los Angeles Unified, United Teachers Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl, UTLA


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...
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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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LAUSD sues to ‘protect’ special-needs students during possible strike

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Unified School District filed federal court papers Thursday in hopes of preventing special-education teachers and support staff from taking part in a teacher strike if a walkout occurs as expected next week. Los Angeles Unified provides special-education support and services to more than 60,000 students, many of whom have severe intellectual disabilities and serious health conditions, according to the district. “To protect more than 60,000 special-needs students, Lo...
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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...
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UTLA’s toxic rhetoric sets a bad example, hinders progress

It is an understatement to say we are living in dysfunctional, divisive and even dangerous times. Now more than ever, our community and civic leaders must set an example for how adults disagree in the context of civility, respect, and a common humanity. As a Los Angeles Unified dad, I believe that begins with not saying or doing anything that would violate the norms of any Los Angeles Unified elementary school playground: no name-calling, no personal attacks and no conspiracy theories. Seems sim...
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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 ...
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Election 2018: Can young people’s votes matter in the Nov. 6 midterm — and beyond? This LA native thinks so

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero,  LA School Report Luis Sánchez has spent 25 years mobilizing young people in Los Angeles and across California to fight for educational justice, from gaining equal access to a more rigorous curriculum to reducing suspension rates. But he has learned that to release their real power, they need to vote. “If their generation doesn’t vote, if we lose them as voters for the next 15 years, we’re going to go in the wrong direction as a state and as a nation,” he said. “We wa...
Tags: Politics, News, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Catholic, Lausd, Local News, Central Valley, Trump, Garcia, Los Angeles County, Norwalk


With Election Day looming, these LA 18-year-olds just voted in person early. All voters will have their chance next two weekends

Busloads of teens made their way to the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office in Norwalk Wednesday for what was more than just a field trip and civics lesson. Hundreds of students voted for the first time. Many of the students — who had pre-registered to vote — cast their ballots for an election that includes everything from who will be the state’s next governor to sales tax measures. But for Daniella Valerio, 18, of Panorama High School, in Panorama City, a motivator for voting was President Tr...
Tags: News, California, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, North West, Lausd, Trump, Los Angeles County, Norwalk, Martinez, Jackie Robinson, LA County, Los Angeles Unified School District, West Los Angeles


Granada Hills Charter High School is already one of the largest. It’s getting larger

Granada Hills Charter School Executive Director Brian Bauer on campus, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Granada Hills Charter School Executive Director Brian Bauer on campus, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Granada Hills Charter School Executive Director Brian Bauer on campus, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily ...
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Ex-LAUSD teacher pleads no contest in sex abuse case involving Canoga Park students

A former teacher at a Los Angeles Unified elementary school in Canoga Park pleaded no contest Tuesday to two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child. As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Rene Tenas, 39, is scheduled to be sentenced to five years in prison on Nov. 16 at the Van Nuys Courthouse, according to attorneys on both sides. Tenas must also register as a sex offender. The two felony counts involve six children who were students at Hart Street Elementary School at the time of the incide...
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Lead problems in water linger at Los Angeles schools, despite years of testing and repairs

By Nico Savidge and Daniel J. Willis, EdSource Part two of a special report from EdSource revealing the extent of lead contamination in water in schools across California where water has been tested. Lead testing at Miramonte Elementary in Los Angeles Unified last January found six water outlets over the state and federal limit for drinking water. An auditorium drinking fountain tested at 10 times the lead limit. Three months later at Audubon Middle School, eight fixtures tested over the lead li...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Michigan, Lausd, Environmental Protection Agency, Lowry, Flint, Polk, Los Angeles County


Under local pressure, California school districts adopt lower lead limits for water

By Nico Savidge and Daniel J. Willis, EdSource Part three of a special report from EdSource revealing the extent of lead contamination in water in schools across California where water has been tested. Two years ago, McClymonds High School in Oakland found alarmingly high lead levels in water coming from a locker room shower. Water from some fountains and sinks tested high as well, leading health and community activists to demand that the district ensure safe water for all children. As the new s...
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Pasadena Unified workers ax merit system, the ‘gatekeeper to prevent unfairness’ — will the kids be alright?

Pasadena Unified has dismantled its four-decade-old, so-called merit-based personnel system — a playbook meant to keep nepotism from hiring and promotion decisions. But does that mean cronies will soon fill the the district’s cafeterias and administrative offices? Also known as the civil service system, the merit system was first brought to school districts in California in 1936 when Los Angeles Unified adopted it in response to a scandal that resulted in the firing of some 2,000 employees, acco...
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Playing the blame game at the LAUSD

The Los Angeles Unified School District is on an unsustainable fiscal trajectory. The teachers union is threatening to go on strike. If common sense and reason don’t prevail, it’ll be bad news for students, parents and taxpayers across the state. The bleak fiscal condition of the nation’s second-largest school district has long been evident. In June, the L.A. Unified Advisory Task Force, made up of local leaders in labor, business and education, put things quite clearly. “L.A. Unified is facing ...
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LAUSD reaches $22 million settlement with 16 sexual molestation victims

Cahuenga Elementary (Google Street View) LOS ANGELES — Nine sexual molestation victims of a former youth services coach employed by Los Angeles Unified for a program that took place after classes at Cahuenga Elementary and seven more similar victims of a former football coach at Franklin High School settled their claims for a collective $22 million, their lawyers announced Wednesday. “These horrific cases provide two more sickening examples of LAUSD’s continuing failure to protect children und...
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A strike is the last thing LAUSD students need

I’ve had 29 first days of schools — 17 as a student and 12 as a public school teacher and principal. Twenty-nine first days where I walked through the doors of a school, full of energy and expectation. To me, the first day of school means feeling like the possibilities are limitless. A new year comes with a fresh start and a hope for great things. I loved every single one of those 29 first days. But this year, the first day of school excitement was tempered because of rumors of a teacher strike....
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Trump, Mueller, California State University, Los Angeles Unified, Guest Commentary, Trump Republican Party, Seth Litt


The ‘discipline gap’ for blacks in California schools remains as wide as ever

By Mario Koran, LA School Report Between 2011 and 2017, out-of-school suspensions in California fell 46 percent, and the rate of suspensions dropped by more than a third. That students are suspended less frequently is welcome news for civil rights advocates who’ve long been concerned about the fact that certain groups — black students, foster youth, and students with disabilities, in particular — are far more likely to face suspension than their peers. This disparity is often referred to as the ...
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Sacramento makes it harder to pay sales taxes

In an era of miraculous innovation in the state that invented the contemporary digitally connected world, it is always something of a marvel in itself how poorly California government agencies make their decisions when it comes to computer hardware and software. Remember the Los Angeles Unified software system MiSiS, billed on the LAUSD website as “the next generation of the district’s solution for entering, managing, analyzing and reporting all data connected to every single student”? It was su...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Unified, Board of Equalization Much


LAUSD parcel tax narrowly fails to make the November ballot

Editor’s note: Breaking views are thoughts from individual members of the editorial board on today’s headlines. The Los Angeles Unified school board split 3-3 on Tuesday over whether to place a parcel tax on the November 2018 ballot. Put forward was a proposed $610 parcel tax “to raise approximately $500 million annually for educational purposes,” as the board agenda put it. Under the proposal, the money would be used to cover projected deficits and, among other things, be used for “retaining an...
Tags: Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Lausd, Los Angeles Unified, Scott Schmerelson, Reason Foundation, Sal Rodriguez, UTLA, Southern California News Group, Nick Melvoin, Monica Garcia, George McKenna Richard Vladovic, Nick Melvoin Ref Rodriguez


These two Supreme Court cases will have a big impact on unions

Two cases just decided by the Supreme Court dealt with whether government can force people to speak. In the Janus case, the court ruled that a public employee’s First Amendment rights were violated by having to pay fees to a union to which the employee chose not to belong. Forcing such payments was akin to forcing the employee to maintain positions he did not actually believe. The public employee unions argued that the normal business of collective bargaining over wages involved matters of comme...
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