State lawmakers approve audit of Alliance schools’ use of funds in battle with UTLA
The California Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted Wednesday to audit Alliance College-Ready Public Schools over the charter management organization’s use of funds in its unionization conflict with the LA teachers union, UTLA. Alliance operates 27 independent charter schools in LA Unified. The organization’s management has for more than a year been resisting an attempt by UTLA...
By Craig Clough | May 25, 2016
Labor board seeking injunction over Alliance anti-union efforts
The California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) will be seeking an injunction in Los Angeles County Superior Court to stop what it says is illegal interference by officials at Alliance College-Ready Public Schools against a unionization effort by some of its teachers. The LA teachers union, UTLA, is currently attempting to unionize the teachers at...
By Craig Clough | October 20, 2015
Alliance charters says some its teachers ‘feel harassed’ by UTLA
Alliance College-Ready Public Charter Schools said today the group violated no laws over unionization efforts and asserted that some Alliance teachers “feel harassed by UTLA’s communications tactics.” Catherine Suitor, Chief Development & Communications Officer of Alliance, said in a statement to LA School Report the charter group looks forward to arguing its case before the state...
By Mike Szymanski | August 7, 2015
UTLA outlines accusations against Alliance for anti-union efforts
With a hearing now scheduled for Aug. 21, LA Unified’s teachers union, UTLA, will have the chance to argue before a neutral party that Alliance College-Ready Public Charter Schools, violated state education law by blocking the union’s efforts to bring Alliance teachers into its membership. The union’s accusations are detailed in two complaints (here and...
By Mike Szymanski | August 6, 2015
Deal with teachers puts LAUSD on track to new evaluation plan
Lost in the focus on double-digit salary increases in the tentative deal between LA Unified and UTLA is an agreement to overhaul the process by which the district’s 30,000 teachers will be evaluated. Under the new plan, which begins next year, both sides agreed to an interim three-tier final evaluation system, with three ratings: “exceeds...
By Vanessa Romo | April 23, 2015
Still far apart, teachers union, LA Unified agree to declare an impasse
The possibility of a strike by Los Angeles teachers loomed larger today as the teachers union, UTLA, declared an impasse in negotiations with LA Unified, citing a lack of progress in bargaining since the talks began last year. The district agreed and said it would join the union with “reluctant willingness” in asking the state...
By LA School Report | February 18, 2015