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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.
March 9, 1997
Re "L.A. Schools Need a Leader Driven by Spirit of Reform," editorial, March 2: UTLA takes exception with the implication that unions should give the new Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent their cooperation. Cooperation is earned by cooperation; it's a two-way street. In the LAUSD, UTLA in particular has pushed for, and the other unions generally have supported, major educational reforms such as site-based decision making; school-based management; LEARN, charter, alternative and magnet schools; high school career academies; more rigorous academic standards; greater accountability; intervention in failing schools; reduction in class size; increased school safety; improved teacher training; paraprofessional career ladders into teaching; health benefit cost controls; incentives for reducing employee absenteeism; addressing the issue of social promotion; and, yes, targeting full literacy and mathematical competence by grade three.
January 7, 2001 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, Ralph Frammolino is a Times staff writer who worked as an investigative reporter in the Metro section. He now covers the entertainment industry
The first and only time Dominic Shambra met with the man who would ruin his life, he was unimpressed. * A veteran of more than 35 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Shambra had seen them all: gadflies, geeks, hysterical parents packed into gymnasiums to protest the closure of neighborhood schools. You listened, nodded and then moved ahead. Now Shambra had a new job, one set up outside the brutish and unwieldy educational bureaucracy.
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.
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