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Conflicting Reports On Evaluation Negotiations

Hillel Aron | September 5, 2012

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As you may recall, Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ordered LAUSD, the teachers union (UTLA) and the administrators union (AALA) to provide a September 4 progress report on a negotiations over new way of evaluating teachers and administrators that includes some measure of pupil progress.

LAUSD Supt. John Deasy, via KPCC

So what’s the update? LAUSD has made a proposal, according to the Daily News’ Barbara Jones, who reports that the AALA is “hopeful progress will continue in negotiations.” (LAUSD proposes new teacher-evaluation system). EdVoice CEO Bill Lucia is also optimistic, and says that the district has met with union leaders 20 times over the last two months.

However, UTLA had no comment. Neither, for that matter, did the Superintendent. And KPCC’s Tami Abdollah spoke with plaintiff attorney Scott Witlin, who says he was “surprised by how few times the unions had met with the district.” (No agreement yet for LAUSD and its unions on teacher evals). Lucia and Witlin are on the same side of the lawsuit, so either they have different information, or one of them is using some sort of a negotiating tactic (or one of the news accounts is inaccurate).

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