UTLA plans ‘Day of Action’ for Thursday
Members of the LA teachers union, UTLA, will be out in the streets Thursday as part of a “Day of Action” that is planned in conjunction with 200 other cities. Union members will be visiting homes in the areas near LA Unified schools for planned “neighborhood walks” where they will ask residents what they want...
By Craig Clough | October 4, 2016
UTLA notifies teachers about new media campaign, possible demonstrations
UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl welcomed teachers to the new school year and urged them to get involved in a media campaign for late August, according to a recorded robo-call that went out last night. In the recorded message by Caputo-Pearl sent out Sunday night before teachers return to school, he complimented teachers for the “amazing people...
By Mike Szymanski | August 15, 2016
Commentary: LA teachers head is ready to incite a ‘state crisis’ if union demands are not met
Alex Caputo-Pearl is the president of United Teachers Los Angeles, a union that has a long and storied history of discarding presidents elected as firebrands but who reign as defenders of the status quo. Caputo-Pearl seems determined to end that cycle and bring teacher union militancy to the entire state of California. In a July...
By Mike Antonucci | August 10, 2016
UTLA president’s aggressive 10-point plan for upcoming battles
The president of the LA teachers union, UTLA, outlined an aggressive plan for the coming year during a speech on July 29 at the 2016 UTLA Leadership Conference at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Predicting that LA Unified will look to cut UTLA’s health benefits in 2017, along with other coming battles, Alex Caputo-Pearl said...
By Craig Clough | August 10, 2016
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Internal document shows LA Unified disputes some findings of UTLA-funded study on charter schools
Six weeks ago LA teachers union officials told the LA Unified school board that independent charter schools were costing the district about $500 million each year. School board member Monica Ratliff called on Superintendent Michelle King to provide the board an analysis of the union-funded study on independent charter schools from which the figure was...
By Sarah Favot | June 21, 2016
Judge issues mixed rulings in unionization struggle between UTLA and charter school operator Alliance
*UPDATED A California Administrative Law judge has issued a number of rulings in the year-plus legal battle between Alliance College-Ready Public Schools and the LA teachers union, UTLA. Friday’s rulings on several complaints that were brought to the California Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) were mixed, with some in favor of the independent charter school operator and some...
By Craig Clough | June 7, 2016
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
Commentary: Does LAUSD want to protect children or a bloated bureaucracy?
By Peter Cunningham Across America, parents are demanding more and better educational options for their children while teachers unions and bureaucrats desperately fight to retain their monopoly over public school students. The latest front in the war against charter schools is in Los Angeles, where a study funded by United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) tallied up...
By Guest contributor | May 16, 2016
LAUSD makes money from charters, contradicting UTLA-funded study, documents show
* UPDATED May 13 As district officials and other analysts pick apart the UTLA-funded study released Tuesday that claims that independent charter schools drain half a billion dollars from LA Unified, the district’s own numbers show LA Unified actually makes money from charters. The first finding of the 42-page union-funded Cost of Charter Schools report states that the revenue collected from...
By Mike Szymanski | May 13, 2016
UTLA to protest at schools this week; hundreds of charter parents object
UTLA is helping parents organize protests on May 4 at schools throughout the district, and in a letter more than 500 charter school parents are asking to stop it. The Reclaim Our Schools protest is part of a nationally scheduled demonstration for Wednesday, and UTLA says 80 cities and counties have signed up to rally against...
By Mike Szymanski | May 2, 2016