As union voting deadline nears, UTLA member and thwarted candidate says hundreds of teachers still without ballots, mounts petition for third-party election oversight
I always knew my union was important for my colleagues and me, but it wasn’t until the teacher strike that I saw how it matters to the entire city. Now it’s a United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) election, not a strike, that will have far-reaching consequences for students and families for years to come. The...
By Christina Johnson | February 24, 2020
With threats looming to both food stamps and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, providing students with healthy meals never more critical
Children who lack access to healthy food options — at home and in schools — have a more difficult time learning. Kids who are hungry or not well nourished are more likely to have trouble focusing, exhibit behavioral problems, and struggle academically. We see this in classrooms and schools across the country, and for students...
By Kristin Groos Richmond and Cynthia Muller | February 18, 2020
Analysis: Teacher unions in Oakland and Richmond join United Teachers Los Angeles in endorsing Bernie Sanders
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Two Bay Area teacher union locals followed the lead of United Teachers Los Angeles and endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. The Oakland Education Association (2,605 active members) and United Teachers of Richmond (1,666 active members) issued...
By Mike Antonucci | February 12, 2020
What a Sacramento school leader learned about the value of aligning curriculum, teacher-student expectations and broader supports to help the “whole child”
What’s the secret sauce for academic success? A great teacher? More school funding? At-home support? This is a subject that generates impassioned debate in the halls of government as well as around kitchen tables across the country. Parents often think the key to their child’s academic success lies in which teacher they are assigned to...
By Kari Wehrly | February 10, 2020
Analysis: Who will run UTLA next? A rundown of the candidates, and what sets them apart (or doesn’t)
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. It’s election season — not just for America’s political parties, but for United Teachers Los Angeles. The union mailed ballots to members this week. They will vote by mail or online, with the results to be tabulated Feb. 28. Active members will choose the UTLA...
By Mike Antonucci | February 5, 2020
Super Bowl Special: How former 49er Tyrone Smith made it from poverty to the NFL — with grit, determination & help from his teachers
When students meet me and learn that I was in the NFL, their eyes light up and they shower me with questions: What’s it like being on TV? How much money did you make? What kind of car do you drive? But being a former professional football player doesn’t define me. What I’m most proud...
By Tyrone Smith | January 30, 2020
Analysis: The California Teachers Association claims 310,000 members. Here’s the breakdown for every local affiliate
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The California Teachers Association is “310,000 members strong,” according to its website. But it’s difficult to track that number over time, or assess its impact on California school districts, because our only sources of information have been the union’s public pronouncements. Until now. Culled from figures...
By Mike Antonucci | January 29, 2020
Presidential candidates need a primer on what’s really wrong with public education
Do the presidential candidates understand what it will take to ensure our public education system serves all students? It’s hard to know because they haven’t said enough in debates and other public sessions, so far, about how they plan to improve public education. We know they agree with us that increased funding is necessary and...
By Layla Avila and Ana Ponce | January 27, 2020
Analysis: The CTA really wants the split-roll property tax initiative on the ballot. Union members don’t seem so enthused
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The California Teachers Association has made the passage of a split-roll property tax initiative its top priority for 2020, allocating an initial investment of $6 million for the campaign. But three months into signature-gathering to place the measure on the November ballot, the union is...
By Mike Antonucci | January 22, 2020
Analysis: Four years ago, UTLA increased its member dues by 33 percent. What did the union do with the money?
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. In the summer of 2015, Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, gave a state of the union speech in which he alerted members to the dire necessity of raising dues by 33 percent. Without the increase, he said, UTLA would be “bankrupt or...
By Mike Antonucci | January 14, 2020