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LA teachers strike, homelessness, LAUSD parcel tax likely to get the spotlight in Garcetti State of the City speech

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is set to give his annual State of the City speech today at Lincoln High School, a site that may have been chosen to help highlight the mayor’s successful mediation of a Los Angeles teacher’s strike and his support of a parcel tax measure on the June ballot that aims to generate hundreds of millions of dollars for local schools. After an all-night bargaining session at City Hall, Garcetti helped broker an end to a strike by United Teachers Los Angele...
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LA business groups gear up for an opposition campaign against LAUSD parcel tax on June 4th ballot

Members of the Los Angeles Unified School District school board cheerily wore yellow ‘YES on EE’ lapel pins at their meeting Tuesday and encouraged attendees to vote in favor of a parcel tax ballot initiative that would generate millions in local revenue to help ease the district’s financial woes, if passed on June 4 in a special election. High polling numbers in the wake of the January teachers strike lent the school board confidence to place Measure EE on the ballot, but their ability to secur...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Salinas, Local News, Eric Garcetti, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti, Studio City, South Gate, Waldman


On their feet from Mission Hills to Pacoima, a community’s ‘March for Justice’ remembers Cesar Chavez

In Brand Park in Mission Hills on Sunday, a band named Los Sencillos belted out ballads and popular songs onstage as people streamed into the park from all directions, many donning red t-shirts emblazoned with the face of the late labor leader Cesar Chavez. The 26th March for Justice, on Cesar Chavez Day, drew about 600 people to the park for a rally and march to Ritchie Valens Park in Pacoima, two miles away. They came to celebrate Chavez’s legacy and continue his activism by calling attention ...
Tags: Usa, News, Justice, Mexico, White House, Immigration, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Donald Trump, Trump, Cesar Chavez, United Farm Workers, Rodriguez


Ortiz concedes after close LAUSD election with Repenning, who’s set to face Goldberg in May runoff

Taylor Swaak | LA School Report There will be no recount in the L.A. Unified school board race. Huntington Park Councilwoman Graciela Ortíz, who narrowly missed a spot in the May runoff election by 31 votes, decided Wednesday not to challenge the March 5 primary results that the county certified last Friday. Her decision came hours before the deadline to request a recount in the Board District 5 race. In the May 14 runoff, Heather Repenning, a district parent and a former L.A. city official, wil...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, California, La, California News, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Ortiz, LA Clippers, South Bay, San Fernando, San Gabriel, Goldberg


LAUSD Election 2019: With progressive veteran in the lead, the runners-up for LA School Board are in a tight race for run-off

Front-runner and labor favorite Jackie Goldberg continued leading the pack in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s school board district 5 election Wednesday. But the race for a seat that could tilt the political shift of the school board was far from over. Goldberg, who won just over 48 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, will most likely face a runoff against one of two candidates who are now in an extremely tight battle for second place. Huntington Park Councilwoman Graciela “Grac...
Tags: News, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, Local-news, Bell, Daily News, Ortiz, State Assembly, Valley, Goldberg, Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District


LAUSD Election 2019: Jackie Goldberg takes lead in LA school board race that appears headed for May runoff

Political veteran Jackie Goldberg appeared to be headed for a May 14 runoff for a seat that could significantly alter the political balance of the Los Angeles Unified School District school board, after residents of the city’s northeast stretches took to the polls Tuesday. With mail-in and provisional ballots yet to be counted, Goldberg was comfortably in the lead with 48.26 percent of the vote, with all precincts reported, according to the L.A. County Registrar’s Office late Tuesday. Because sh...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Bell, Daily News, Ortiz, Scott


LAUSD Election 2019: Jackie Goldberg takes lead in LA school board race that appears headed for a May runoff

Residents of the northeast stretches of the massive Los Angeles Unified School District took to the polls on Tuesday in an election that could significantly alter the political balance of the current school board. Early results showed front-runner Jackie Goldberg in the lead with 45.84 percent of the vote, followed neck-and-neck by Graciela “Grace” Ortiz with 14.53 percent and Heather Repenning with 13.10 percent, respectively, with 66 out of 122 precincts reporting after 10 p.m. Goldberg, 73, i...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Bell, Ortiz, Service Employees International Union, Goldberg


California needs to boost education spending, says LA City Council

Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, right, offers doughnuts to teachers picketing in front of the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, the third day of the LAUSD strike by UTLA teachers. The City Council voted Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, to approve a resolution calling for the state to increase spending on education. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) LOS ANGELES — A little over a month removed from a strike by the Los Angeles teachers ...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, John Muir, Lausd, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Los Angeles Daily News, David Crane, United Teachers Los Angeles


No need to develop new rail cars and technology: Letters

Re “Monorails aren’t just for Disneyland anymore” (Opinion, Feb. 13): Why try to develop a new rail system since we already have a class one? Los Angeles can easily elevate are our current heavy rail cars that run in our subway, or for that matter our light rail cars. They can build concrete T-bone supports in the center or on the sides of our freeways. These trains would run on top of these supports rather than under, as would monorail cars. No need to develop new rail cars and technology. The ...
Tags: Texas, California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Miami, Gulf Coast, Aliso Canyon, Socalgas, U S Supreme Court, Brownsville Texas, United Teachers Los Angeles, Letters to the Editor, National Butterfly Center, Santa Susana


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


A defense of United Teachers Los Angeles

I teach my government students that in politics, no matter what you do, you will be criticized. I’m grateful to the Southern California Newspaper Group — when it comes to United Teachers of Los Angeles and our recent strike, you’ve provided an excellent example. When we launched the strike, I figured when it was settled we would either be criticized for getting too much or criticized for getting too little. It didn’t occur to me it would be both. SCNG editorial writer and columnist Susan Shelley...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Friedrichs, U S Supreme Court, California Teachers Association, SHELLEY, Rebecca Friedrichs, Janus, James Monroe High School, United Teachers Los Angeles, Izumi, Susan Shelley


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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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 ...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Donald Trump, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Losangeles, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Unified


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 ...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Donald Trump, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner


After teacher strike agreement, LAUSD school board to vote Tuesday on supporting charter school moratorium

By Taylor Swaak, LA School Report The L.A. Unified school board will vote Tuesday on a resolution that would direct the superintendent to pursue a moratorium on new charter schools in the district. The resolution would also require the school board to call on state officials to study the financial impact of charters on the district to inform revisions to the state’s charter law. And the superintendent would have to report if a moratorium requires a voter-approved ballot initiative. A school boar...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Castro, Gavin Newsom, State, Perez, San Fernando Valley, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, LA school, Reason Foundation, California Department of Education


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


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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


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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


​At LAUSD, behind the smiles, deep rifts​ remain after strike. At some campuses, ‘It’s the elephant in the room’

The United Teachers Los Angeles walkout at the L.A. Unified School District wasn’t an especially long strike, but it was an emotionally tense and high-stakes week in which teachers — who normally are working in their classrooms — found themselves in the national spotlight. For teachers, the six-day walkout involved tough decisions about whether to go out on the line or cross it, days of standing in the rain and callous mud-slinging amongst leaders. It also involved atypical hours to socialize wh...
Tags: News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, San Fernando Valley, Valley Village, United Teachers Los Angeles, Tilly, Pacoima, John Marshall High School, Chris Tilly, UTLA, Southern California News Group, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs


If you actually want to fight for students, then listen up

At no point in the nearly two years it took for the United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent to reach a tentative deal were students asked what they wanted or how proposed solutions would impact their educational aspirations. Yet we saw both UTLA and LAUSD co-opt the interests of students when defending their position. UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl has said: “students across the city are not getting what they deserve.” LAUSD Superintendent Austin ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, UTLA


Interpreter became the reluctant face (and hands) of the LAUSD strike

An interpreter is supposed to be invisible — a neutral conduit of communication. But Justin Maurer, an American Sign Language interpreter, found himself at center stage while working with United Teachers Los Angeles during the teacher’s strike – though it’s the last place he wanted to be. You see, Maurer has a very expressive face. He’s only there for the deaf audience members but, as he stood on stage, gesticulating with his hands and contorting his face to match the nuanced intonations of Alex...
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The LAUSD teacher strike is over. Now parents who felt ignored want to be included as LAUSD and UTLA move forward with their new agreement

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report While tens of thousands of Los Angeles educators and families on Wednesday celebrated the end of the six-day teacher strike, about a dozen parents held their own news conference outside City Hall to make sure their voices were heard too. Wearing white to signify neutrality, they said they felt that parents, particularly those in high-needs schools, were sidelined during the negotiations and the strike. Now that the teachers contract is settled, they ...
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Cruz, City Hall, Wilmington, South Los Angeles, Pacheco, East Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti


Back to school: Los Angeles teachers return to work after six-day strike

Thousands of teachers in Los Angeles returned to the job on Wednesday, fresh off a six-day strike against the nation's second largest school district that disrupted the education of half a million students. Rank and file members of United Teachers Los Angeles voted overwhelmingly late on Tuesday to approve a 3-1/2 year contract agreement that the union and school district had reached before dawn that day, union officials said. The Los Angeles Unified School District kept schools open during th...
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Porter Ranch teacher sues UTLA and LAUSD over union dues

Porter Ranch Community School teacher Irene Seager says that United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District are compelling her to pay union dues despite a Supreme Court ruling that makes such payments optional. (Image from the Porter Ranch Community School website) The Los Angeles teachers union and school district are being sued by a Porter Ranch teacher who claims union dues are being deducted from her paychecks in violation of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Irene Seag...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Eric Garcetti, Porter Ranch, U S Supreme Court, The Supreme Court, United Teachers Los Angeles, Porter Ranch Community School, Seager, UTLA, Top Stories LADN


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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LAUSD teachers struck a deal, with some gaining and others giving up some ground

After sighing a breath of relief Tuesday morning on the picket line outside Taft High School, teachers returned to campus in the afternoon to vote on a tentative agreement reached between UTLA and LA Unified School District like UTLA’s other 30,000 members. The ew contract secures a 6 percent wage increase — 3 percent retroactive to the 2017-18 school year and another 3 percent retroactive to July 1, 2018 — and commits to a gradual decrease in class sizes over the coming three years, hiring of m...
Tags: News, Education, California, Washington, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Taft


In deal between LAUSD and teachers, some parties gained ground while others gave it up

After sighing a breath of relief Tuesday morning on the picket line outside Taft High School, teachers returned to campus in the afternoon to vote on a tentative agreement reached between UTLA and LA Unified School District like UTLA’s other 30,000 members. The ew contract secures a 6 percent wage increase — 3 percent retroactive to the 2017-18 school year and another 3 percent retroactive to July 1, 2018 — and commits to a gradual decrease in class sizes over the coming three years, hiring of m...
Tags: News, Education, California, Washington, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Taft


LAUSD strike update: UTLA says ‘vast majority’ of teachers approve of deal to end strike

LOS ANGELES – An agreement on a new contract that will end the first Los Angeles teachers strike in 30 years has been approved, United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl said Tuesday night. With “a vast super-majority” of teachers voting to approve the tentative agreement according to an early count, Caputo-Pearl said the agreement is assured of being ratified, sending teachers back to their classrooms Wednesday, Caputo-Pearl said. Full LAUSD coverage The agreement also requires fo...
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Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike to End as Deal Is Reached

The deal includes caps on class sizes and hiring full-time nurses for every school, as well as a 6 percent pay raise for teachers.
Tags: News, Strikes, Garcetti, United Teachers Los Angeles, Organized Labor, Education (K-12, Los Angeles (Calif, Teachers and School Employees, Eric M, Los Angeles Teachers


Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike to End as Tentative Deal Is Reached

The deal includes caps on class sizes and hiring full-time nurses for every school, as well as a 6 percent pay raise for teachers.
Tags: News, Strikes, Garcetti, United Teachers Los Angeles, Organized Labor, Education (K-12, Los Angeles (Calif, Teachers and School Employees, Eric M, Los Angeles Teachers