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Teachers and school districts won’t be able to blame charter schools much longer

It’s been a rough few months for charter schools and Californians who believe students and parents are better off when they have educational choices —and it could get worse as the state legislature takes up multiple charter school bills. Earlier this year when the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) reached a new labor agreement, it called on the school district’s board members to endorse state legislation that would prevent new charter schools f...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, DMV, Lausd, Julian Assange, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Trump, Austin Beutner, Los Angeles Unified School District LAUSD, Independent Financial Review Panel, UTLA


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


Eric Garcetti would ‘look seriously’ at a U.S. Senate bid; what else could his future hold?

At the City Hall press conference in January where Eric Garcetti took the unusual step of announcing that he was not a candidate for president, a reporter asked if he was ruling out a White House run forever or only in 2020. The silly question drew a silly answer. “Garcetti 2040! I’d like to say that right now,” the Los Angeles mayor said, laughing. It’s pretty obvious that Garcetti aspires to run for president in a year to be determined. The serious question is what the 48-year-old Democrat cou...
Tags: California, Senate, White House, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, United Nations, Hud, Columbia University, Lausd, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, San Antonio, Usc


Bernie Sanders returns to California, fires up striking workers at UCLA

WESTWOOD — Campaigning in California for the first time in his second run for president, Bernie Sanders flashed familiar themes Wednesday in a speech to UCLA workers staging a one-day strike amid stalled contract negotiations. Carrying her 11-month-old baby Daisy Lynette Bell, a UCLA occupational therapist who has not had a raise in three years, joins striking UC workers at a rally at UCLA in Westwood on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) Presi...
Tags: California, White House, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, New Jersey, San Diego, Howard Schultz, Warren, Starbucks, Associated Press, UC, University Of California


Basic errors, sophisticated camouflage

For as long as politicians have claimed to represent “the people,” their power has relied on the idea that governing is too complicated or sophisticated to leave to ordinary people. This, however, was not the understanding of our founding generation. For instance, Cato’s Letters, “the most popular, quotable, esteemed source of political ideas in the colonial period,” according to Clinton Rossiter, said “The principles of government lie open to common sense; but people are taught not to think of ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Elizabeth Warren, Sport, Soccer, Ben Franklin, Lausd, Pepperdine University, Cato, Independent Institute, Thomas Sowell, Gabriel Zucman, Ilhan Omar, UTLA, Ed Morrissey, Guest Commentary


To grow state economy, set attainment goals and close equity gaps in college education

Californians received welcome news last year when the state flexed its power and became the fifth largest economy in the world. This didn’t happen by accident. Our previous state leaders made smart and significant investments in our education systems to produce a world-class workforce. We allowed innovators and disruptors to thrive and create new industries, and we embraced the diversity that has made the Golden State such a great place to live, work and do business. Instead of becoming complace...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Gavin Newsom, Golden State, Newsom, Ilhan Omar, UTLA, Guest Commentary, California College Promise, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Gov Newsom, The Campaign for College Opportunity, Maria S Salinas


Meet the 10 candidates running for the LAUSD school board seat left vacant by Ref Rodriguez

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report The 10 candidates in the race for L.A. Unified’s vacant school board seat have been in full swing participating in community forums and other public events as Tuesday’s special election approaches. The new board member for Board District 5 will represent about 100,000 students in some very different communities: from the heavily Latino southeast cities — including Huntington Park, Maywood and Bell — and from the more affluent neighborhoods north of d...
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LAUSD can’t be trusted with more money, reject their parcel tax proposal

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s rush to place a half billion dollar a year parcel tax on the June ballot is about as comical as it gets. It’s reminiscent of that P.J. O’Rourke quote that “giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys,” only LAUSD has been failing so long it’s more like giving whiskey and car keys to a grizzled alcoholic with a suspended license and a long rap sheet. LAUSD leaders have, for years, known the district can’t susta...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Rourke, District, Los Angeles Unified School District, Austin Beutner, Newsom, Sal Rodriguez, Will Tesla, UTLA, Opinion columns


Oakland teachers' union declares total victory after seven-day strike

Well, that didn't take long: after seven days on strike, the Oakland teacher's union has received an offer that they say capitulates on every major point at issue in the strike, including the stealth privatization of Oakland schools through vouchers and charter schools. The rank-and-file still have to ratify the settlement, but after that formality, they're good to go. It's another moment of brightness and hope, as teachers across America continue their one-year-plus streak of victories fo...
Tags: Post, News, California, Sacramento, America, Teachers, Oakland, Newcomer, Solidarity Forever, UTLA, LAUSD Board, Redfored, Oakland Education Association, All Hang Together Or All Hang Separately, Aimee Eng


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


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


LAUSD’s Spanish-speaking parents engage candidates in forum ahead of school board special election

With the stakes high for whoever might take over the Los Angeles Unified School District Board’s District 5 seat in March, nine candidates for the seat faced parents Wednesday night in a forum that gave them a chance to weigh in on issues parents care about. For some parents, the event left a little more to be desired for lack of attention to issues like charters schools in the wake of a massive teacher strike underpinned by the issue. What did get attention was how school board hopefuls plan to...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Ortiz, LMU, Goldberg, Rodriguez, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock


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


How the teachers’ unions dupe the public

United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and other powerful teacher unions nationwide claim parents and kids stand in solidarity with union strikes. They prove it by parading families on picket lines. But strike video revealed angry union mobs brutalizing substitute teachers and pounding on vehicles of innocent families as they arrived at school. Scared-stiff, parents and kids abandoned learning for physical safety while bully protesters leaped and cheered. It was alarming to say the least. Families w...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, American Federation Of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, Kamala Harris, Charlene, Julie, Rebecca Friedrichs, PTA, Newsom, National PTA, UTLA


How the story of Pacoima’s ‘little school that could’ became the political fault line of public education

Some folks call Dr. Yvonne Chan the ‘charter matriarch.’ At age 73, 26 years after she founded the first charter school in Los Angeles, her reign along a six-block stretch of the East San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Pacoima is palpable. Chan is the founding principal of an empire of schools teaching 3,187 students from pre-K through 12th grade, the first independent charter school in the city. These days, she goes by the title “Chief Visionary Officer,” but she’s rarely without a jangling la...
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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


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 ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Senate, Sacramento, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, City Hall, Capitol


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


Capping charter schools in LAUSD will hurt students and families

With the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers union strike now over, it’s easy to understand why a combination of relief and celebration permeates most corners of the nation’s second-largest school system. Having students and teachers out of the classroom, for a single day, let alone six, benefits no one. LAUSD and UTLA’s leaders deserve praise for reaching an agreement that lowers class sizes, adds counselors and provides money to create community schools, which have shown great promise...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Board, Los Angeles Unified School District, Green Dot, UTLA, Guest Commentary, Cristina de Jesus, LAUSD Board of Education, Green Dot Public Schools, Watts Compton Boyle Heights East LA Inglewood, Green Dot Public Schools California Kevin S Reed


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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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As the LAUSD strike dust settles, questions linger about truancy issues

The teachers strike that shook the Los Angeles Unified School District may be over, but some parents said they’re still confused about issues that emerged over student absences during a tumultuous nine days. As the walkout that began on Jan. 14 dragged on into the week, district attendance dwindled. Despite an army of substitute teachers and campuses being open for business, a vast school system with half a million students saw its attendance plummet to, at its lowest point, 84,160, as parents p...
Tags: Facebook, News, Education, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Jones, Barbara Jones, Robak, UTLA, Southern California News Group, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


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


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