On Tuesday, May 14th, UTLA will rally outside LAUSD headquarters to demand the School Board and the Superintendent keep the promise of Proposition 30. Voters intended for Prop 30 funds to go to the classroom to benefit students.
Teachers, health and human services professionals, parents, students, and political figures will join forces in support of smaller class sizes, fully staffed schools, and the restoration of vital services.
UTLA President Warren Fletcher said, “Students learn best when their teachers can give them one on one time, and that cannot happen with the ballooning class sizes we have seen since 2008. Students deserve schools fully staffed with teachers, librarians, nurses, counselors and other HHS professionals.” (Read more) »
UTLA issued the following statement on LAUSD’s
Breakfast in the Classroom pilot program.
There are serious problems with LAUSD’s Breakfast in the Classroom program—including sanitary issues, poor nutritional food, and the impact on instructional time. These problems can and must be overcome so students get a nutritional breakfast and a full instructional day. It is not an either/or for children.
UTLA is meeting with parents, community groups and nutrition advocates to find a solution. We call on the District to be part of the process, and not make this a political issue.
In a UTLA survey released earlier this month, our members told us they would support breakfast at school if sanitation problems could be resolved and instructional time was not impacted. (Read more) »
UTLA issued the following statement in response
to the arrest of an LAUSD teacher today in Van Nuys.
Allegations involving child pornography are a serious concern. UTLA is committed to keeping all students safe and we encourage our members to cooperate with law enforcement as this investigation continues.
As teachers and health and human services professionals, we know our students and their parents place their trust in us. We have a duty to uphold that trust.
UTLA will not be doing media interviews at this time. UTLA will release additional statements as necessary.
UTLA releases results of its online member survey on BIC.
Teachers report spoiled food, dirty classrooms, and shortened instructional time.
UTLA 2013 BIC Survey Summary
UTLA implemented an eight-question member survey in March 2013 regarding the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Breakfast in the Classroom program, which rolled out in schools in November 2011. BIC has been implemented in 274 schools with plans to expand to 676 K-12 schools.
The purpose of the survey was to determine how effective the BIC program is and the direct impact it has on students and the teachers who serve breakfast in the classroom.
52% saw an increase in bugs and rodents in the classroom (Read more) »
UTLA: Members want change of direction at LAUSD
Results of two union-wide votes make one thing clear: LAUSD’s direction is not aligned with the priorities of educators and the needs of students.
Members overwhelmingly voted “No” when asked if they have confidence in Superintendent John Deasy’s leadership. UTLA President Warren Fletcher says, “When evaluating the performance of an educational leader, no one can ignore data like this. It is our duty to bring these results to the School Board and figure out how we can make LAUSD a district that works for students, parents, teachers and health and human services professionals, and our communities.” (Read more) »
UTLA issued the following statement on early election results in the LAUSD School Board races
UTLA is pleased that veteran teacher Steve Zimmer appears to have retained his seat on LAUSD’s Board of Education. Voters were not swayed by outsiders and their millions. School Board seats are not for sale. Zimmer has been a champion of students and an important voice on the school board.
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UTLA issued the following statement on the teacher evaluation implementation process. (Read more) »
56 teachers and counselors at Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial Charter School in Woodland Hills have organized a union with United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). Their primary goal is to have a collective voice to ensure a strong and effective learning environment for Ivy students. (Read more) »
UTLA issued the following statement on New York Mayor’s $1Million contribution to Los Angeles School Board candidates.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg should focus his attention on the needs of his city, and not on school board races more than two thousand miles away. The Mayor’s $1 Million donation to 3 candidates in the Los Angeles School Board election is yet another example of outsiders trying to influence the outcome of the election. (Read more) »
UTLA issued the following statement on School Board’s decision to drop plan to cut positions. (Read more) »