LA Unified guaranteeing teachers the pay raise already offered
LA Unified said today it has altered its salary offer to teachers by eliminating any contingency on a package that includes raises of 2 percent for this year, 2 percent for next year and 2.5 percent for the year after that. The district’s previous offer to the union, UTLA, had been with the same percentage...
By LA School Report | November 17, 2014
UTLA plans 5 rallies as part of National Day of Action
United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is planning rallies at five locations on Nov. 20 with the duel purpose of demanding a new contract from the district and to participate in the National Day of Action that is being organized by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools. UTLA is calling on all of its members to...
By Craig Clough | November 10, 2014
Port of LA High faculty seeks to join UTLA after principal resigns
After the unexpected resignation of their popular principal left some teachers, students and parents outraged, the faculty at Port of Los Angeles High School has voted to join United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). Hundreds of people attended the school’s board meeting on Monday and voiced anger over the resignation Tom Scotti, the principal who left...
By Craig Clough | October 29, 2014
Teachers union accepting nominations for House members
The nominating period for United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) House of Representatives is currently open and will last through Nov. 3. The House of Representatives is a 350 member body that meets eight times a year to debate policy and vote on motions. Any UTLA member in good standing can nominate themselves by filling out...
By Craig Clough | October 8, 2014
Coming Showdown Between Programs & Hiring
So expect school districts to go on a spending binge this summer—Los Angeles Unified School District aims to equip all of its 650,000 students with tablet computers—and then unions in the fall to protest draconian budget cuts and layoffs. – Allysia Finley in the Wall Street Journal (California’s Shrinking Surplus) Previous posts: Union Focusing on...
By LA School Report | May 17, 2013
Board Candidate Ratliff Attends UTLA Rally*
District 6 (East Valley) candidate Monica Ratliff was spotted outside at the UTLA rally to hire more teachers/reduce class size. Via KPCC. [*Contrary to the original version of this post, the rally took place after school and so Ratliff didn’t have to take any time off.] Previous posts: Board Candidates Differ on Teacher Retention, School Turnaround;...
By Alexander Russo | May 15, 2013
Charted: Teacher Dismissals By the Numbers
The above graphic is from Barbara Jones’ excellent Daily News piece on Superintendent John Deasy’s push to dismiss more teachers. The article also includes a sidebar briefly summarizing 83 cases against teachers accused of misconduct in the last 15 months — accusations ranging from “showing students images of naked children” to “paying students to do his work, such as...
By Hillel Aron | May 13, 2013
Read This: Why Teachers Are Battling Free Classroom Breakfast
“Ending the breakfast program in Los Angeles could cause thousands of kids to start the school day hungry,” begins this recent TakePart story by Vanessa Romo. “So why are teachers against it?” The piece describes the classroom breakfast program that’s supposed to take the first 15 minutes of school, highlights the other districts around the...
By LA School Report | May 10, 2013
Union Focusing on Jobs at Tuesday Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 14, is the next scheduled LAUSD School Board meeting, and it may be a noisy one. United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) is planning a major show of force at the meeting and afterwards, calling for reductions in class size (and rehiring of laid-off teachers) . According to the UTLA website, the School...
By Alexander Russo | May 9, 2013
Daily News Addresses Ratliff Union Role
There hasn’t been much mention at all in the mainstream media of District 6 candidate Monica Ratliff‘s role as both the union representative for her school and (more recently) a member of the United Teachers of Los Angeles House of Representatives. For example, the LA TImes‘ recent re-endorsement of Ratliff doesn’t make mention of it....
By Alexander Russo | May 2, 2013