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Los Angeles: Will LAUSD Close Down Failing Charter Schools? – Education Article

Carl J. Petersen wonders if the LAUSD school board will hold failing charter schools accountable? Predictably, it turns out that the charterization of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) did not provide the miracle that was promised. The District has the highest number of charter schools in the country, with approximately 18% of its students in these publicly funded private schools. In the just-released list of 110 underperforming schools in the LAUSD, 20%were independent charter schools. Are we diverting…

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Los Angeles: UTLA Scores Major Funding Victories in Strike Agreement – Education Article

The United Teachers of Los Angeles went out on strike on January 14. The strike will end if the membership approves a new two-year contract. The union won almost everything it sought. The teachers will get a wage increase; the district will limit class sizes and eliminate a waiver that allowed class size limits to be voided for economic reasons; there will be full-time nurses in every school, a librarian, more counselors. And more. Here is the union’s press release…

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Leonie Haimson: The Lesson in Los Angeles Strike: Class Size Matters – Education Article

Leonie Haimson has been fighting the battle to reduce class size for many years. She believes that the breaking point for teachers in Los Angeles was the outrageous numbers of children in many classes, in some cases approaching 50 students in a class. Haimson has the research to back up her contention. When students need extra attention, they will not get it if the class has large numbers. She notes the popular refrain among reformers like Arne Duncan that one…

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California schools were once the nation’s envy. What went wrong? | Education

California once had one of the best funded, most envied public education systems in the United States. Now schoolteachers in Los Angeles, who went on strike this week to vent years of frustration, say they struggle with overcrowded classrooms and children whose need for academic support, psychological services and English-language coaching outstrips anything they can provide. Many schools do not have a full-time nurse or counselor. In many of the poorer neighborhoods – in south LA, or the north-eastern San…

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There Are Few Things As Reprehensible as a Scab – Education Article

  There is a special place in Hell for strikebreakers.   Some people kill. Some steal.   But only a filthy, disgusting scab can do all of that in one.   When you take someone else’s job, you’re stealing their bargaining power and killing the community’s chances for their kids.   This week as 30,000 teachers at Los Angeles Unified School District walked out demanding support for their students and their professions, a few slimy worms have crossed the picket…

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Los Angeles: News On the UTLA Strike, Which Begins Tomorrow – Education Article

From the United Teachers of Los Angeles: MEDIA ADVISORYContact: Anna Bakalis, 213-305-9654Kim Turner, 213-305-9316 UTLA Strike Press Advisory * United Teachers Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest teacher union local, with more than 33,000 members and thousands more supporters, is poised to lead one of the largest teacher union strikes in the nation’s history, beginning Monday. * For planning purposes only. Times subject to change, will update media as needed with new info. * UTLA will provide daily strike updates and…

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Los Angeles: Judge Gives Go-Ahead to UTLA Strike – Education Article

The UTLA delayed their possible strike to January 14, while waiting to hear a judge rule on the LAUSD effort to block the strike. The judge gave her okay today. Howard Blume writes in the LA Times: A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Thursday cleared the path for a Los Angeles teachers’ strike to start Monday. At issue was whether the union, United Teachers Los Angeles, gave a legally required 10-day notice to the school district that its members…

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