Commentary: Los Angeles is losing good teachers because of this policy
By Benjamin Feinberg Teachers unions often argue that the “last in, first out” policy is the only fair way to lay off teachers. Reformers say that LIFO protects bad teachers while indiscriminately getting rid of young and creative new teachers. The way we lay off teachers will become more important as Los Angeles Unified School District...
By Guest contributor | August 19, 2016
Opinion: Teachers unions oppose change — why?
Via Wall Street Journal | By Antonio Villaraigosa President John F. Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” This message has apparently been lost on some people in our teachers unions who used their recent national conventions in...
By LA School Report | July 21, 2014
Commentary: Vergara decision on tenure — and our union
By Ron Taw I came to education out of the business world. Before entering the classroom, I was making my way up the corporate ladder at a Fortune 500 company. But then, over 15 years ago, I realized that I wanted a job where “success and advancement” would mean changing more lives, not just earning...
By Guest contributor | June 23, 2014
Teachers Unions Chagrin: Waiver Process Left Them Out
The two biggest statewide teachers unions — California Teachers Association (CTA) and California Federation of Teachers (CFT) — have problems with the waivers granted to eight school districts from the federal program, No Child Left Behind. The objections, however, are more about how they came about than what they mean. “My guess is that there...
By Hillel Aron | August 12, 2013
LA Teachers Proposing Online Voting System for Union Elections
Less than 23 percent of the 40,000 members of United Teachers of Los Angeles cast ballots in the final round of voting for union president in 2011, the union’s last leadership election. Even fewer, 15 percent, voted in the preliminary round. A new, online voting system could change all that, says a group of teachers...
By Brianna Sacks | August 1, 2013
Morning Read: Lawmakers Stall on Teacher Evaluation Bill
Bill to Alter Evaluations of California Teachers Fails Again in Senate Legislation that would alter how California schools judge teachers flunked another test on Tuesday, failing to advance for the second time in a week. Sac Bee See also: LA School Report Duncan Says It’s Still Possible for State to Get NCLB Waiver California remains...
By LA School Report | May 2, 2013
Morning Read: Parents Rally to Save Classroom Breakfasts
Parents Rally to Save Classroom Breakfasts Union officials representing school cafeteria workers led a noisy rally of parents Tuesday to save a Los Angeles Unified classroom breakfast program that feeds nearly 200,000 children but was in danger of being axed after sharp criticism by teachers. Los Angeles Times See also: LA Daily News, CBS LAUSD...
By LA School Report | May 1, 2013
Union Re-Launches Deasy Evaluation Effort
Apparently not content with its recent poll on LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy’s performance, UTLA is now embarking on a “Superintendent Performance Review” that calls on teachers to review Deasy’s work. The union’s announcement of the new Deasy survey appears somewhat more neutral than it was for the last survey, which indicated what the union thought...
By Alexander Russo | April 30, 2013
Morning Read: Board Likely to Back Classroom Breakfast
L.A. Unified Board Will Back Classroom Breakfast Program A majority of L.A. Unified School Board members said they will vote to continue a classroom breakfast program that feeds nearly 200,000 children but was in danger of being axed after sharp criticism by the teachers union. LA Times See also: LA School Report, KPCC The Messy...
By LA School Report | April 30, 2013
Morning Read: Classroom Breakfast Program in Peril
L.A. Unified Classroom Breakfasts May Be Axed, Deasy Says An L.A. Unified classroom breakfast program feeding nearly 200,000 children but sharply criticized by the teachers union will be eliminated next year unless school board members vote to reinstate it, Supt. John Deasy said Thursday. LA Times Decrease in Pink Slips Thanks to Prop 30 The...
By LA School Report | April 26, 2013