California Federation of Teachers wants changes in the pension system
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The California Federation of Teachers held its convention in Costa Mesa March 23-25. Delegates set the union’s agenda for the coming year in the form of 29 resolutions. These covered a wide array of issues from kindergarten class sizes to limiting the number of administrators in adult...
By Mike Antonucci | April 17, 2018
LAUSD students to board members: We need a superintendent who will make brave decisions in supporting all — not just some — of us!
An open letter by LAUSD students, to the Los Angeles Unified School Board members: We are a group of students that recognize our voices and experiences should give us the opportunity to participate in decisions made about our education. We hope you take our perspective into consideration as you undertake your most important duty...
By LA School Report | April 16, 2018
Antonucci: Where will the effects of a Janus ruling fall fastest and hardest?
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Within the next 12 weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling in the case of Janus v. AFSCME. Considering the ideological composition of the court, it is widely assumed that the justices will end the practice of public employee unions collecting representation fees from non-members....
By Mike Antonucci | April 10, 2018
Antonucci: Here’s the status of teacher contracts in California’s 8 largest school districts
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. With teacher strike fever in the air, it is worth checking to see to what extent California will catch the bug. An examination of the state’s eight largest school districts reveals that while Los Angeles and San Diego school workers could potentially head to the picket lines,...
By Mike Antonucci | April 2, 2018
Robin Lake to LAUSD: Stop searching for the next superhero — hand your schools the cape
For the fifth time in the past 10 years, LAUSD is searching for a new superintendent. The school board’s list of required qualifications likely include: • Able to drive and execute on an academic improvement vision for more than 640,000 students. • Able to turn around or close hundreds of low-performing schools. • Able to...
By Robin Lake | April 2, 2018
Antonucci: The California Teachers Association — the union other unions want to be
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The Los Angeles Times once called the California Teachers Association “arguably the most potent force in state politics.” I don’t think there is any argument about it. Its influence over education policy is legendary. CTA’s leverage over the state budget lifts it well beyond what other interest...
By Mike Antonucci | March 27, 2018