Antonucci: Los Angeles unions open campaign spigots for special elections
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Campaign season came a little early in Los Angeles this year, with the open District 5 school board seat and Measure EE, the parcel tax proposal to fund city schools. United Teachers Los Angeles is devoting its sizable war chest to these elections, and its union allies...
By Mike Antonucci | April 16, 2019
Commentary: Are Los Angeles high school students ready for tomorrow’s job market?
Southern California’s job market is hot right now. But unless something changes, many Los Angeles-area high school students won’t be ready for it when they graduate — especially if they don’t go on to earn a bachelor’s degree — which many of them won’t. For as long as anyone can remember, American high schools have mostly failed to provide...
By Cameron Sublett and David Griffith | April 15, 2019
Antonucci: Is the Sacramento teacher strike legal, and will it open the floodgates to new strikes, even re-upping them in L.A. and Oakland?
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Another California school district in financial crisis is facing a teacher strike, but Thursday’s one-day walkout in Sacramento is something different than what we’ve seen so far this year, and it might not be legal. But that’s not stopping the Sacramento City Teachers Association from hinting at...
By Mike Antonucci | April 9, 2019
Antonucci: New California Teachers Association president elected in upset
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Delegates to the California Teachers Association State Council elected E. Toby Boyd as the union’s next president last weekend in Los Angeles. Boyd defeated CTA’s sitting vice president, Theresa Montaño, for the position. It is rare for an incumbent union second-in-command looking to move up to be...
By Mike Antonucci | April 2, 2019
Antonucci: California Federation of Teachers elects new leaders
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The California Federation of Teachers has a new president for the first time since 2011. Delegates elected Jeff Freitas to the position at the union’s biennial convention in Los Angeles this past weekend. CFT is the smaller of California’s two statewide teacher unions, with approximately 85,000 members....
By Mike Antonucci | March 26, 2019
Commentary: Banning Teach For America would harm our students, our schools and our community
In 2013, when I was elected to the Lynwood Unified School District Board, we voted to renew a partnership that had recently lapsed with an organization that recruits idealistic leaders of all ages to become teachers: Teach For America. Five years later, I can say that this decision has greatly benefited the students of our...
By Alma-Delia Renteria | March 20, 2019
Antonucci: Unions ramp up strike preparations in Santa Rosa and Sacramento
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. After teacher strikes in Los Angeles and Oakland, union leaders see districtwide job actions as the perfect tool to check off all those boxes on their wish lists. The next venues appear to be Santa Rosa and Sacramento — for different reasons, although increased funding is behind...
By Mike Antonucci | March 19, 2019
When the cost of admission is paying off a college, Americans are outraged. But when it’s the price of a house near a good school, there’s silence
Meritocracy is a cornerstone of the American ideological edifice. Or at least it was, until the FBI took a sledgehammer to it as it revealed Operation Varsity Blues: a sting that outed a long-running pay-to-play scam at some of the country’s best-known colleges and universities. The details — the bulk of which amount to Mafia-style...
By Derrell Bradford | March 18, 2019
Antonucci: Proposed Los Angeles parcel tax may give to teachers with one hand and take with the other
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. *Updated March 15 Things are definitely looking up for teacher unions, especially in California. Membership losses were less than feared after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus ruling. A wave of teacher strikes led to settlements with more funding. The 2018 elections went well, with a friendly governor...
By Mike Antonucci | March 12, 2019
Antonucci: L.A. and Oakland teacher strike settlements are structured differently, but the results are the same
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The Oakland teacher strike came to an end after seven days with another “historic” contract agreement. As was the case in Los Angeles, the previous Oakland contract had expired in June 2017. The strike lasted the same amount of time. Both were settled after mediation by outside...
By Mike Antonucci | March 5, 2019