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UTLA, parents angry over class sizes at LAUSD school in Palms

LA School Report | October 20, 2015

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The LA teachers union, UTLA, organized a press conference at at Hamilton High School in Palms yesterday to draw attention to what it says is overcrowding in classrooms at the school.

The press conference featured parents, teachers and students.

“If we don’t get the quality education that we need to succeed, then we are being set up to fail,” said Karen Calderon, a Hamilton High student, according to NBC Los Angeles.

A new contract that UTLA signed with the district in the spring included some agreements on improving class size, but they were modest.  UTLA said in a press release that class sizes “have improved.” but are “still too high.”

“We commend LAUSD officials for working with us in contract talks and endorsing the importance of lower class size for our students, but now it’s time to put weight behind their words,” UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl said in a statement. “Across LAUSD, thousands of students with high class sizes are faced with less-than-optimal learning conditions, and the District should take meaningful action now to do better for our kids.”

Click here or on the video link above to see the NBC report.

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