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February 14, 2001 | From Times staff and wire reports
Los Angeles teachers are voting this week on whether to ratify a new contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District. The more than 43,000 members of United Teachers-Los Angeles started casting ballots Monday at schools across the district. The voting will conclude today. Union officials will tally the ballots Thursday. The three-year contract would give teachers average pay increases of 11.5%, retroactive to July 1.
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April 14, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles teachers union President Warren Fletcher said he would no longer actively campaign for reelection, clearing the path for challenger Alex Caputo-Pearl to become the next leader of United Teachers Los Angeles. In the first round of voting in March, Caputo-Pearl received 48% of the votes and Fletcher 21%. The runoff election takes place this month, with ballots set to be counted April 29. In an interview Sunday, the one-term incumbent also said that he had not formally suspended his campaign and that he would serve if he won. But Fletcher emphasized that he had accepted that an incumbent who finished so far back in a primary had little hope of winning a runoff.
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OPINION
August 17, 2010
What we can learn Re "Who's teaching our kids?," Aug. 15 My wife and I are both retired California public school educators. We want to commend The Times for its investigation into the effectiveness of teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. You have brought much-needed light. Though our respective careers were far different — my wife taught in elementary grades; I worked in secondary grades — we often had to evaluate ourselves because there was no way to compare our performance with other teachers'.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles teachers' union president Warren Fletcher said he will no longer actively campaign for reelection, clearing the path for challenger Alex Caputo-Pearl to become the next leader of United Teachers Los Angeles. In the first round of voting in March, Caputo-Pearl received 48% of the votes and Fletcher 21%. The runoff election takes place this month with ballots set to be counted April 29. In an interview Sunday, Fletcher said he has not formally suspended his campaign, and that he would serve again if he won. But the one-term incumbent emphasized that he has accepted the near inevitable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
Here's what I did: I went to the website for United Teachers Los Angeles, clicked on the union contract and hit "print." The job laid waste to a small forest of trees, producing a 347-page document the size of a fat phone book. So why am I telling you this? Because layoff notices just went out to 5,500 teachers in the Los Angeles Unified schools, and the UTLA contract guarantees one thing: Those notices aren't going to the least effective teachers. Quality has nothing to do with it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Howard Blume
One candidate to head the Los Angeles teachers union was laid off. Another was removed from the classroom for alleged misconduct. A third lost his position when his school was restructured with new staff because of low test scores. A fourth is an elementary school counselor who must shuttle between two campuses. Ten candidates are vying to be the next president of United Teachers-Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest teachers union. Their misfortunes run the gamut of what can go wrong for teachers, especially in recent times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2010 | By Jason Song and Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles teachers union president said Sunday he was organizing a "massive boycott" of The Times after the newspaper began publishing a series of articles that uses student test scores to estimate the effectiveness of district teachers. "You're leading people in a dangerous direction, making it seem like you can judge the quality of a teacher by ? a test," said A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, which has more than 40,000 members. Duffy said he would urge other labor groups to ask their members to cancel their subscriptions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1989
"Unless the contract is settled by May 29, there will be a teacher strike in the city of Los Angeles--a very strong teacher strike." --Wayne Johnson, president of United Teachers-Los Angeles, announcing the results of an April 19 strike authorization vote.
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May 23, 1989
"I don't know if we'll ever have school again this year." --Helen Bernstein, a vice president of United Teachers-Los Angeles, calling the standoff between school administrators and striking teachers an "absolute disaster for Los Angeles." KEN LUBAS / Los Angeles Times Jim Clements gives Denise Manzur of Sesame Street certificate recognizing Big Bird as the rarest of species.
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March 9, 2014 | By Howard Blume
One candidate to head the Los Angeles teachers union was laid off. Another was removed from the classroom for alleged misconduct. A third lost his position when his school was restructured with new staff because of low test scores. A fourth is an elementary school counselor who must shuttle between two campuses. Ten candidates are vying to be the next president of United Teachers-Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest teachers union. Their misfortunes run the gamut of what can go wrong for teachers, especially in recent times.
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February 7, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Parents, students and community members rallied Friday in front of Crenshaw High School against the removal of the school's longtime choir director, who was reassigned while under investigation by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Iris Stevenson, who leads Crenshaw's award-winning choir, was removed from the school in December and is reporting to work at district offices - sometimes referred to as "teacher jails" - that house instructors who are facing allegations of misconduct.
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February 7, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Parents, students and community members rallied Friday in front of Crenshaw High School against the removal of the school's longtime choir director, who was reassigned while under investigation by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Iris Stevenson, who leads Crenshaw's award-winning choir, was removed from the school in December and is reporting to work at district offices - often called “teacher jails” - that house instructors who are facing allegations of misconduct. District officials would not comment on the specific allegations, citing privacy laws.
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January 26, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
Rosa Estrada wanted some serious changes at her child's Cudahy elementary school. She joined efforts last fall demanding new leadership amid complaints that the principal had failed to address campus bullying, boost academic performance or work collaboratively. Estrada said none of her numerous calls to L.A. Unified's south area administrators were returned. And in November, after parents submitted a petition to the L.A. Unified Board of Education signed by more than 600 people demanding the principal's removal, they were told the document had been misplaced.
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November 19, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar and Howard Blume
More than a dozen Los Angeles teachers on Tuesday staged their first protest of a $1-billion plan to provide iPads to every student and teacher, calling the effort misguided and unsustainable. About 15 teachers, parents and representatives from the teachers union rallied at the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills, just before a meeting held by Los Angeles Board of Education member Tamar Galatzan where L.A. Unified officials explained and defended the iPad rollout.
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November 7, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Unified School District has lost a key round in a legal battle to keep the performance ratings of individual teachers confidential. The 2 nd District Court of Appeal declined this week to consider the case after a lower court ordered the school system to turn over the information to the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper had sought the ratings through a public records request. The school system withheld the information, citing the privacy rights of employees.
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February 7, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Parents, students and community members rallied Friday in front of Crenshaw High School against the removal of the school's longtime choir director, who was reassigned while under investigation by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Iris Stevenson, who leads Crenshaw's award-winning choir, was removed from the school in December and is reporting to work at district offices - often called “teacher jails” - that house instructors who are facing allegations of misconduct. District officials would not comment on the specific allegations, citing privacy laws.
NEWS
November 8, 1993
Robert Ransom, education activist who was the first president of the United Teachers-Los Angeles, has died at the age of 77. Ransom died Oct. 31 in a North Hollywood hospital after a long illness, his family announced Saturday. He was buried in Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood. A native of Oregon, Ransom moved to California as a child and attended Manual Arts High School and Occidental College. He served in the Navy during World War II.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar and Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday praised the L.A. Board of Education and Supt. John Deasy for coming to an agreement for the superintendent to remain on the job, but insisted they smooth over their strained relationship and work together going forward. “I congratulate the board and the superintendent for being adults yesterday and coming together in the interest of our children,” Garcetti told reporters at a news conference in downtown Los Angeles. On Tuesday, following a nearly five-hour, closed-door meeting, Deasy received a satisfactory evaluation from the board, which extended his contract through June 2016 and ended days of speculation about his future.
NEWS
October 29, 2013 | By Karin Klein
United Teachers Los Angeles will no doubt disagree with this statement, but when did that ever stop us? It's very good news that John Deasy will be staying on as superintendent - and that this isn't just for today or the next few months, but that his contract has been extended to 2016. The news that there will be both a level of stability and can-do energy for Los Angeles Unified School District, and it could certainly use both of those. There are two more things to hope for out of this evening's announcement.
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