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In robo-call, Caputo-Pearl attacks ‘billionaire’ charter efforts

Mike Szymanski | August 17, 2015

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Alex Caputo-Pearl UTLA LAUSD

UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl

The Los Angeles teachers union, UTLA, attacked a proposed expansion of charter schools in LA Unified with a robo-call to district teachers from union president Alex Caputo-Pearl, vowing to fight the education reform foundations behind the effort.

Mentioning Eli Broad by name in the call, Caputo-Pearl told the teachers that these groups, which include the Broad, Keck and Walton Family foundations, are “out to destroy collective bargaining” and that UTLA will “push back against the billionaires’ plan.”

Then, Caputo-Pearl encouraged everyone to have a good new school year and said, “You will be hearing a lot more of the UTLA Strategic Plan.”

A recording of the call was made available to LA School Report. The union declined any further comment, as Suzanne Spurgeon, the union spokeswoman, said Caputo-Pearl’s beginning-of-the-school-year welcome address was intended only for the membership, not the public.




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