Commentary: An open letter to LAUSD’s board about who gets to speak at meetings
An open letter from Katie Braude, executive director of Speak UP, to President Mónica García, Vice President Nick Melvoin, and members of the board: I am writing to share the collective dismay of parents and community members who attended the board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21. In particular, I am writing on behalf of the...
By Katie Braude | August 27, 2018
Antonucci: LA superintendent tries to throw monkey wrench in union’s plans
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. I’m on the record as predicting United Teachers Los Angeles will go on strike the week of October 8th. Two things have since become clear: 1) Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner is actively trying to delay the inevitable. 2) UTLA is irate about Beutner messing...
By Mike Antonucci | August 21, 2018
Antonucci: California teacher union stories we have forgotten
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. I have covered California’s teacher unions for about 25 years, so my archive is filled with many tales of humor and woe regarding their doings. As I dug through the files I came across seven sagas that have faded over time and deserve one more revival. Do...
By Mike Antonucci | August 15, 2018
Antonucci: Bet the farm, Part 2 — UTLA will authorize a strike by more than 90%
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Last week’s column (“Bet the ranch — UTLA will strike in October”) seems to have touched a nerve. Some readers thought it was cynical to declare a strike inevitable. Others suggested a strike could be easily avoided if the Los Angeles Unified School District board would only...
By Mike Antonucci | August 7, 2018
Antonucci: California Teachers Association seeks 80 percent member turnout in November
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. With large membership losses on the horizon, the California Teachers Association will take advantage of its current strength and devote considerable resources to state and local political campaigns this fall. The 325,000-member teachers union is spending the summer devising strategy to help elect Gavin Newsom as governor...
By Mike Antonucci | July 24, 2018
Analysis: UTLA attempts to move American Federation of Teachers to the left
Last week we highlighted how the California Teachers Association and its largest local affiliate, United Teachers Los Angeles, wield a disproportionate amount of power over the policies of their parent union, the National Education Association. UTLA is also affiliated with the smaller of the two national teacher unions, the American Federation of Teachers. AFT just...
By Mike Antonucci | July 17, 2018
California Teachers Association wields outsized influence over national teacher union policies
The National Education Association held its annual Representative Assembly in Minneapolis last week. Six thousand delegates, representing teachers and education support workers in every state, met to debate and vote on the national union’s budget and agenda for the 2018-19 school year. Each year the delegates amend NEA’s constitution and by-laws, federal legislative program, resolutions,...
By Mike Antonucci | July 10, 2018
Analysis: California Teachers Association to spend up to $10 million supporting two statewide ballot initiatives — and opposing three others
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Every member of the California Teachers Association contributes $36 annually to the union’s ballot initiative fund. Unspent money rolls over and today the fund holds in excess of $23 million. This month CTA’s State Council, comprised of almost 800 union representatives from across California, approved...
By Mike Antonucci | June 26, 2018
Commentary: How our LA charter high school is reimagining education for homeless and foster care youth
As graduation season comes to a close, school leaders across the country have the opportunity to reflect on the way our schools are helping students from all walks of life prepare for their future, including students who are homeless, living in foster care, or experiencing challenges that prevent them from thriving in traditional school settings....
By Erin Whalen | June 20, 2018
LA County Board of Education’s Alex M. Johnson: Answering the call for the greater good — a challenge to the Class of 2018
Graduation season has almost concluded, and students and teachers are anxiously readying to begin summer break. Undoubtedly, many of us have spent the past few weeks taking part in the pomp and circumstance and pageantry that accompany the milestone of matriculation in a student’s educational career. Whether it’s the culmination ceremony of a child going...
By Alex M. Johnson | June 18, 2018