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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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Weekend LAUSD teacher strike negotiations are on parents’ radar screens

There was a lot going on this weekend. A huge L.A. Rams game and a giant Women’s March were among the diversions. But some San Fernando Valley parents were on pins and needles to see if marathon negotiations would yield a deal to end a strike that entered its seventh day Sunday. “I am grateful that the negotiations are underway,” said EvelynAleman, parent of a sophomore at Grover Cleveland High School inReseda. “I’m hopeful that they will, obviously, reach an agreement assoon as possible. I thin...
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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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While teachers picket in the rain, taxpayers fear getting soaked

Last Wednesday, a small cluster of rain-soaked teachers, students and supporters stood in a storm at the intersection of Topanga Canyon and Ventura boulevards, about halfway between Canoga Park High School and Woodland Hills Elementary. Motorists honked their support as they splashed past. Honking is free. The teachers of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest, are in the center of a storm, hitting the bricks after contract talks collapsed, sending nearly 30,000 edu...
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LAUSD teacher strike, Day 7: District, UTLA set to go behind closed doors again, after 11-hour bargaining on Saturday

Union and district negotiators have agreed to head back to the bargaining table Sunday after a marathon day of talks Saturday trying to end the teachers strike. Their plan is once again to pack a room inside L.A. City Hall around 11 a.m., close the double doors and bargain out of public view. Their goal is to end a strike that has so far cost the district millions of dollars in lost attendance-based revenue and kept teachers out of classrooms for five days so far. Teachers, through their union, ...
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LAUSD teacher strike, Day 7: District, UTLA locking themselves behind closed doors again, after 11-hour bargaining on Saturday

Union and district negotiators are heading back to the bargaining table Sunday after a marathon day of talks Saturday trying to end the teachers strike. Their plan is once again to pack a room inside L.A. City Hall around 11 a.m., close the double doors and bargain out of public view. Their goal is to end a strike that has so far cost the district millions of dollars in lost attendance-based revenue and kept teachers out of classrooms for five days so far. Teachers, through their union, United T...
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San Fernando Valley business group urges UTLA leaders to end the teacher strike

The Valley Industry and Commerce Association leaders called on United Teachers Los Angeles to end their teachers walkout. The Valley business advocacy organization said it’s “increasingly concerned about the harm being done to our students as they miss critical instruction,” according to a letter VICA President Stuart Waldman sent Jan. 16 to union’s President Alex Caputo-Pearl. “This time of year is of utmost importance to students whose start in life and their careers depends on succeeding at s...
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As LAUSD teacher strike stretches on, students experiencing homelessness are hit hard

Laura Fay | LA School Report The Los Angeles teacher strike has now lasted a full week, and the work stoppage is compounding stress and uncertainty for students and families who rely on schools for meals, childcare and stability, especially for those experiencing homelessness. More than 17,000 students in L.A. Unified are classified as homeless, and the strike comes amid a federal shutdown that is threatening to cause additional crises for their families. Read full LAUSD strike coverage here The...
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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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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...
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Clear skies and a surprise performance boost striking teachers’ spirits in Rancho Palos Verdes

Teacher and students walk the picket line in front of Dodson Middle School during day 5 of the UTLA strike against LAUSD in Rancho Palos Verdes on Friday, January. 18, 2019. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) Teacher and students walk the picket line in front of Dodson Middle School during day 5 of the UTLA strike against LAUSD in Rancho Palos Verdes on Friday, January. 18, 2019. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds ...
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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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With little learning happening inside strike-humbled LAUSD schools, high achievers feel the pressure not to fall behind

Jaimie Lee and Dalia Elrih, juniors at Los Angeles Unified School District’s John Marshall High School, have the same ambitious class schedule: AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus and honors U.S. History. The two picketed with striking LAUSD teachers outside the school on Monday and joined a UTLA rally downtown. But in the days since, they’ve veered in different directions absent teachers — one hitting the books at school and the other at home — in an attempt to stay ...
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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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The LA teachers strike is actually a win for charter schools and students

Since January 14, Los Angeles teachers have been on strike—calling for higher salaries, smaller class sizes, increased support staff, and caps on charter schools. They could very well get what they’re demanding, but it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, LA’s students and charter schools will come out ahead. The United Teachers of Los Angeles union (UTLA) demands would cost $880 million, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). This is funding that Superintendent Austin B...
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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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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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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.”...
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Tale of two schools: Though separated by just 9 miles, effects of the strike on these campuses are far apart

Brenda Sandoval has already taken two days off work from her job as a receptionist at a nearby mental health clinic to support the striking teachers of Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima. Depending on how long the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers’ strike lasts, she may have to take more time off. But she’s willing to do it. “I feel that I have no choice,” said Sandoval as she juggled a UTLA protest sign in Spanish, a floral-printed umbrella and the hand of her poncho-clad first gra...
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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 ...
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Tale of two schools: Though separated by just 9 miles, effects of the strike on these campuses are very far apart

Brenda Sandoval has already taken two days off work from her job as a receptionist at a nearby mental health clinic to support the striking teachers of Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima. Depending on how long the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers’ strike lasts, she may have to take more time off. But she’s willing to do it. “I feel that I have no choice,” said Sandoval as she juggled a UTLA protest sign in Spanish, a floral-printed umbrella and the hand of her poncho-clad first gra...
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LAUSD must resist mandates that restrict flexibility and increase inequality

Half a million students are being impacted by the first strike by Los Angeles Unified School District teachers in 30 years. Negotiations are complicated by the district’s financial crisis, which includes enrollment losses, unsustainable debt obligations, and a staffing surge.  LAUSD needs to strike a deal that lays the groundwork to long-term financial stability, grapples with its looming crisis and improves educational outcomes. The district is facing more than $19 billion in financial liabilit...
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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...
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What do you think of the LAUSD teacher strike?

Second-largest school district in the nation or not, many Southern Californians have little to no personal connection to the Los Angeles Unified School District. That’s because we are so vast a region and population, with many dozens of districts, along with charters and independent schools, teaching our children. But most of us have still been avidly following the build-up to the now-real strike by the 30,000 teachers of the UTLA union, whether we have an 8th-grader at Walter Reed Middle School...
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Gov. Newsom hopes LAUSD teachers’ strike ends soon, but won’t take sides

California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for a quick end to the Los Angeles teachers’ strike that began Monday. But Newsom’s statement Monday didn’t take sides in the dispute, and it wasn’t clear how it might influence negotiations between the 35,000-member United Teachers Los Angeles and officials of the 640,000-student L.A. Unified School District over issues that include pay and class sizes. UTLA endorsed Newsom for governor before the June 2018 primary. “This impasse is disrupting the lives of to...
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Federal campaign finance reform helps special interests

One of the new Democratic House majority’s top priorities is so-called campaign finance reform legislation. Contrary to the claims of its supporters, campaign finance reform legislation does not limit the influence of powerful special interests. Instead, it violates the First Amendment and burdens those seeking real change in government. The First Amendment of the Constitution forbids Congress from interfering in any way with any citizen’s ability to influence government policies. Spending money...
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A sea of red washes over Downtown Los Angeles as LAUSD teachers strike

Downtown Los Angeles is seeing a sea of red and umbrellas as thousands of Los Angeles County teachers head toward the L.A. Unified School District headquarters in protest for better wages, smaller class sizes and staffing needs Monday. Related: Live coverage of the LAUSD teacher strike This is part two of three protests happening Monday. Picket lines started as early as 7:30 a.m. at schools in areas like San Fernando Valley, Harbor City and Hollywood. After the rally, protests will resume at s...
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In the LAUSD teacher strike, the union chooses greed over students

If teachers unions have their way, the federal government won’t be the only thing shut down. Some California classrooms will close too—at least in Los Angeles, where progressive outrage is never in short supply. On January 14, the United Teachers Los Angeles teacher’s union went on strike, leaving 500,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District—the second largest school district in the country—without nearly 30,000 teachers. By striking for higher wages, amid other demands regarding ...
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