A look into the LAUSD, UTLA contract deal ending the 6-day teacher strike
*Updated Jan. 22 L.A. Unified and its teachers union announced Tuesday they had reached a contract deal to end the six-day teacher strike, heralding “a new chapter” in public education that district officials say will protect the district’s fiscal solvency. The deal has to be approved by a majority of United Teachers Los Angeles’s 34,000...
By Taylor Swaak | January 22, 2019
Welcome but complicated — Mayor Garcetti, Gov. Newsom and the pressure to end the LAUSD teacher strike
*Updated Jan. 18 With pressure building to end the Los Angeles teacher strike, Mayor Eric Garcetti is now mediating contract negotiations between L.A. Unified and its union — a move education pundits say is welcome but possibly complicated by his prior disconnect and his actions this week backing educators. Education observers say Garcetti, elected in...
By Taylor Swaak | January 18, 2019
As LAUSD teacher strike stretches on, students experiencing homelessness are hit hard
The Los Angeles teacher strike has now lasted a full week, and the work stoppage is compounding stress and uncertainty for students and families who rely on schools for meals, childcare and stability, especially for those experiencing homelessness. More than 17,000 students in L.A. Unified are classified as homeless, and the strike comes amid a...
By Laura Fay | January 18, 2019
‘Painful truth’: 9 numbers haunting LAUSD as strike continues
*Updated Jan. 18 L.A. Unified reports losing a net $75 million in the first week of the teacher strike from low student attendance, stretching its finances further as the district struggles to remain solvent. While the district tries to satiate the teachers union’s demands, it’s teetering on a proverbial “fiscal cliff” — shouldering more than...
By Taylor Swaak | January 17, 2019
21 black pastors call on UTLA to return to the table to end LAUSD teacher strike because ‘the fortunes of African-American children do not improve on a picket line’
*Updated Jan. 16 Nearly two dozen African-American pastors urged United Teachers Los Angeles to return to the negotiating table because “the fortunes of African-American children do not improve on a picket line.” The letter, dated Tuesday, was addressed to UTLA’s President Alex Caputo-Pearl and released by L.A. Unified on Wednesday. “While we support the exercise...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero and Laura Fay | January 16, 2019
Beneath the LAUSD teacher strike, the quiet anxieties of parents facing a multitude of fears
*Updated Jan. 16 On the first day of the Los Angeles teacher strike, the sights and sounds were loud and flashy: Teachers with picket signs at a thousand schools. Car horns honking their support. At least 20,000 people shouting and marching downtown. Reports on every newscast. Under the radar were the parents of 140,000 students...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 15, 2019
LAUSD teacher strike begins after nearly 2 years of failed contract talks
*Updated Jan. 15 Teachers went on strike Monday in Los Angeles for the first time in 30 years, driving down attendance at many schools as parents wrestled with whether to bring their children past picket lines — if they could afford the choice to keep them home. Thousands of protesters weathered heavy rain to picket...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero, Taylor Swaak and Laura Fay | January 14, 2019
LAUSD could lose control of its finances if it agrees to a teachers contract that depletes reserves, county warns
*Updated Jan. 14 L.A. Unified could lose control of its finances if it signs off on a heftier contract agreement with its teachers union that drains its reserves past the mandated minimum level, County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo told LA School Report. “If [L.A. Unified and UTLA] did come to an agreement that was...
By Taylor Swaak | January 11, 2019
L.A. teachers are borrowing the #RedForEd hashtag and talking points. Here’s how their strike would be different from last year’s red state walkouts
*Updated Jan. 14 A series of massive teacher walkouts rocked six states in 2018, drawing national attention to teacher pay and working conditions. While not all of the teachers had the same concerns — West Virginia teachers mostly wanted a pay raise, while those in Kentucky wanted to reverse a change to their pensions — the Red...
By Laura Fay | January 11, 2019
Experts: Crippling long-term debt isn’t leaving L.A. schools much wiggle room to avert a teacher strike — and may doom the district to takeover
*Updated Jan. 14 The looming teacher strike in Los Angeles, no matter how it’s sliced, comes down to money — but not the salary raises and cost of new hires that have kept the district and its teachers union apart during nearly two years of contract negotiations. The real money problem, experts say, lies with...
By Taylor Swaak | January 9, 2019