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January 23, 2001
Negotiators for the Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers union reached a verbal agreement late Monday on a new contract that is expected to avert a threatened strike. Both sides expressed satisfaction with the new agreement that will cover 43,000 teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors. Negotiators declined to release details but were scheduled to brief their respective leaders at meetings today.
July 8, 1998
In an effort to boost student achievement, Los Angeles school officials are assigning nearly 100 additional administrators to campuses beginning this month, part of a plan assailed by critics as expanding an already bloated educational bureaucracy. Under the new setup, the Los Angeles Unified School District will add three assistant superintendents who will be responsible for improving classroom instruction. The changes do not cost any money.
December 22, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
Negotiators for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the 43,000-member teachers union Thursday fell just short of reaching a tentative contract agreement that would forestall a Feb. 27 strike. The two sides recessed the talks in the afternoon when Supt. Roy Romer had to leave to catch a plane. The former Colorado governor is spending the holidays with his family. The sessions are expected to resume early in January. Neither side would comment on the terms being discussed.
September 29, 2000
Los Angeles teachers voted overwhelmingly Thursday to authorize a strike against the school district if contract negotiations fail to produce an acceptable agreement. But United Teachers-Los Angeles President Day Higuchi said, "The results do not mean a strike is imminent." Rather, the vote was one of several procedural steps the union must take before it can declare a strike. Union leaders and Supt.
July 27, 1997
Scott Wilk and his ilk need to rename themselves "Hypocrisy Incorporated" ("Breakup Backers Hit Plan to Aid 200 Schools," July 2). Their real agenda has nothing to do with educational excellence. They tar the entire LAUSD with the student achievement difficulties of schools like the "100 worst performing," then object that it may take resources away from Valley schools to do anything about those difficulties. In fact, the West Valley, like the Westside and Harbor, already compares favorably with the rest of the state on all measures.
The Los Angeles Board of Education cleared the way Monday for schools to reduce class sizes in kindergarten and the third grade this year, a reform they had previously extended only to first and second grades. The plan approved Monday strives to cut class sizes in kindergarten and the third grade to 20 students within three years. In the interim, those schools pressed for space will be allowed to reduce student-teacher ratios through "team teaching"--having two teachers work in one classroom.
January 11, 1998
Re The Times' "Wish List '98," editorial, Jan. 1: If I could wave a magic wand and give you the improved student scores and performance that you wish for LAUSD, I wouldn't direct my magic at our teachers' union, the administrators, nor even the superintendent. I would make this disheartening statistic disappear: 500,000 children in Los Angeles County live in poverty. Two months ago, United Teachers Los Angeles launched a four-point Excellence for All program calling for high academic standards linked to earned promotion, safe schools for all students, the highest quality teaching available, and decentralized administration of the district to allow the school community greater flexibility in working together.
June 17, 2000
The membership of the Los Angeles teachers union has overwhelmingly ratified a plan to have senior teachers consult with colleagues who receive poor evaluations to help them improve or encourage them to leave the profession. In three days of balloting, 77% of the teachers agreed to add the new peer assistance and review program to their contract.
February 16, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles schoolteachers have overwhelmingly ratified a tentative three-year contract calling for pay and benefit increases averaging more than 15%, union officials reported Thursday. More than 30,000 teachers cast ballots Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, favoring the contract by a 4-1 margin, union officials said. To take effect, the contract still must be approved by a majority of the Board of Education, which is scheduled to consider it Feb. 27.
Mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday announced an 11-point plan for improving public schools. The former Assembly speaker said he would help the district build 100 new schools and turn schools into neighborhood centers by linking them with parks, libraries, after-school programs and health clinics. Many of the points addressed broad goals beyond the scope of the mayor's office, which has no direct authority over the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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