More than two years ago our 20 by 20 campaign to fund schools by $20,000 per pupil by the year 2020 was a declaration that funding priorities must shift to support our students and public schools.
#20BY20 | #KIDSNOTPROFITS | #UTLASTRONG
PATHWAYS TO 20 BY 20
Our strike won an investment in that pathway through the funding reserve. But that reserve is a one-time funding source. To continue down our new pathway for years to come — improving our schools even more, and battling privatization — we need ongoing annual revenue.
- Funding Our Schools
Schools & Communities First Act
- Stopping Privatization
Passing Charter Bills through legislation
- Building a Political Action Network
Building Delegation Teams
- Defending Our Wins
Chapter Chairs elections | CAT Team members | Task Forces & Committees
2020 CAMPAIGN BACKGROUND
Our STRIKE made economic facts roll off parents’ and reporters’ tongues that California is the richest state in the nation yet spends about $11,000 per student and ranks 44 out of 50 in the nation when it comes to education funding. All the while the state's mega-corporations and the wealthy continue to dodge paying their fair share in taxes.
Our strike won a pathway to success for our neighborhood district schools: class size reduction, more HHS staff, less testing, and other critical wins.
Pathways to 20 by 20
2020 Ballot: Statewide level
Passing the Schools & Communities First Act on Nov. 3, 2020
If passed, this initiative will restore over $11 billion per year to California’s schools, community colleges, health clinics and other vital local services by closing the corporate property tax loophole in Prop. 13 while protecting homeowners, residential renters, agricultural land and small businesses.
► Watch our protest at CCSA in downtown L.A. during the second day of our strike on Jan. 15, 2019.
Our rally in front of the California Charter Schools Association gained the nation's attention about the problem of unregulated corporate charter schools, how they operate and how they hurt our public schools. The corporate charter industry is bankrolling their strategy to move 1 million students from our public schools into charter schools by 2022.
Members, parents, students and communities together have fought so hard for a sustainable public school district that serves all students.
PASSED charter Legislation
- Jan. 29, 2019: District-wide moratorium on charters for 8-10 months
LAUSD Board members pass a resolution by 5-1, calling for a state study and an 8- to 10-month moratorium on new charters in the district until the study is complete.
March 5, 2019: More charter transparency & public disclosure in California
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 126 approved by lawmakers that will require more transparency in charter school operations. This bill goes into effect January 1, 2020. ►Details
March 5, 2019: California Charter Task Force is created
Gov. Gavin Newsom created a new task force that Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond will lead along with the appointed 11-member Charter Task Force. ►Details
April 24, 2019: (in progress) Establish a California five-year charter moratorium
A bill to establish a five-year moratorium on new charter schools SB 756-Durazo passed out of the Senate Education Committee on a close 4-3 vote. Our strike, which uplifted the issue of privatization, laid the groundwork for action under way in Sacramento, including the charter school task force and a package of charter reform bills.
PROPOSED charter Legislation
AB 1505: LOCAL CONTROL OVER CHARTERS
AB 1505 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell would give control back to local elected school boards to decide whether a charter school is the right fit for their communities, instead of non-elected officials who are geographically far away.
AB 1507: CHARTERS MUST OPERATE LOCALLY
AB 1507 by Assemblymember Christy Smith would close a loophole in current law that allows a charter school to operate outside of its authorizing district.
Above: Teachers and parents meet with Assemblymember Tom Lackey on the need for charter accountability and transparency. The delegation (including UTLA PACE Chair Ingrid Gunnell, second from left, and parent Hilda Guzman, fourth from left) shared their personal front-line stories about how the abuses of the charter industry are hurting public schools.
We continue to organize parents and our supporters to defend public education and candidates with leaders who will fight for the needs of our schools and our communities.
Delegations will visit the local offices of legislators to lobby for the four critical bills: 1505,1506,1507 and 1508 (see above). These bills would bring common-sense accountability and oversight to the charter industry, including a charter cap.
- Creating Legislature Delegation Teams
In April and May 2019, delegations will visit the local offices of legislators who are undecided or opposed to these bills. If you are interested in being part of a delegation team, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our new three-year contract goes into effect July 1, 2019 and we must remain vigilant to hold the district accountable on our key wins. That includes more nurses, counselors and librarians, lower class sizes, fewer tests, community schools and implementing our common good wins.
► Continue to fight for fair school-site budgets and prepare to enforce our new contract effective July 1 by:
- Electing Chapter Chairs and building our leaders at all school sites.
- Building and strengthening our CAT Teams.
- Working with the District on our joint Tasks Forces and committees:
- TESTING: Expand details ►
The Testing Task Force will officially begin meeting with the district next school year, but anadvisory group began meeting in March to solicit rank-and-file concerns and set priorities. The task force’s goal is to reduce assessments not mandated by the state or federal government by 50%.
- MAGNET CONVERSIONS: Expand details ►
We are working with schools currently in the magnet conversion process and making sure our members’ voices are heard and that the language calling for a majority vote of staff is followed.
- ETHNIC STUDIES: Expand details ►
The LAUSD-UTLA Ethnic Studies Task Force meets April 24 to start analyzing current Ethnic Studies offerings and resources and to investigate methods for expanding course offerings.
- CO-LOCATION: Expand details ►
We are working to ensure that the language creating a new UTLA co-location coordinator at every co-located school gets implemented correctly, including identifying individuals interested in the position and ensuring a member vote for the position.
- SPECIAL EDUCATION & ITINERANTS: Expand details ►
The Workload/Caseload Committee for Health and Human Services Itinerants and Special Education will start meeting with the district next school year. In response to changes to Special Ed delivery models that we are seeing across the district, we have submitted a demand to bargain because our new contract allows us to negotiate any such changes.
Members who wish to help shape both the workload/caseload committee and the restructuring of delivery models are welcome to meet with the Special Education Committee before every House of Representatives meeting in the UTLA building starting at 4:30 p.m.
- CHARTER ACCOUNTABILITY: Expand details ►
Outside of our contract but absolutely linked to our strike, the state legislature is considering a package of bills on charter accountability and transparency.
- GREEN SPACE: Expand details ►
UTLA has met with nonprofit groups and individuals interested in creating a plan to remove bungalows and increase green space and to identify funds to implement it.
- RANDOM SEARCHES: Expand details ►
Many schools worked with parents and students to apply to end “random” searches on their campuses. The district is reviewing applications. The City of LA is prepared to work with schools in the pilot to provide resources.
- PAY EQUITY TASK FORCE: Expand details ►
The Pay Equity Task Force for Adult Ed, Early Childhood, and ROP CTE has been formed. LAUSD has yet to respond with available meeting dates.
- ADULT ED: Expand details ►
The Task Force’s first meeting is set for early April, following district delays in responding to multiple requests to meet and unilateral steps by LAUSD to avoid creating an Adult Ed matrix.
- COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: Expand details ►
UTLA’s appointees to the Community Schools Steering Committee (CSSC) include parents, students, teachers, former School Board member Steve Zimmer and USC Professor Sylvia Rousseau. One of the CSSC’s priorities is determining the process by which 30 schools in high-need areas can apply for Community Schools transformation. Reclaim Our Schools LA will be a critical partner on this committee.