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Union Unmoved by Hurricane Extension

Hillel Aron | October 30, 2012

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When the United States Department of Education announced yesterday that the deadline for Race to the Top applications was being been pushed back due to Hurricane Sandy, a Washington, DC trade publication called Education Week wondered whether the delay might give LAUSD more time to negotiate with UTLA for a chance at as much as $40 million.

But, when LA School Report called in to check with LAUSD about this yesterday afternoon, Superintendent John Deasy’s response was that the extension didn’t matter. “Negotiations have ended,” Deasy told LA School Report. “UTLA won’t be a partner on this.”

Officially, the union’s opposition to the grant application isn’t related to teacher evaluations.  UTLA President Warren Fletcher told LA School Report that the decision came from the belief that the grant would be worth less than the cost to comply with.

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