July 30, 2020News
Update from bargaining
In bargaining today, UTLA presented a revised instructional schedule and proposals on remote learning as it impacts all of our members, including classroom teachers, itinerant educators, nonclassroom staff, substitutes, and teachers in adult education, special education, and early education.
As we reported yesterday, the two sides have agreed to:
• drop LAUSD's proposal requiring our members to teach virtually from the classroom
• accept UTLA’s proposal that there be no evaluation of permanent teachers in 2020-21
• accept UTLA’s conceptual proposal for a “Smart Start” of the school year.
We will be back at the table tomorrow determined to get an agreement as soon as possible. We believe we are headed in the right direction to build a more robust remote learning program that works better for students, parents, and educators. When an agreement is reached, it will be put to a vote of the UTLA membership.
Watch Facebook Live tomorrow at 8 am to hear the highlights from the bargaining table.
UTLA Parent Survey affirms what we’re fighting for
From late June through July, UTLA surveyed parents to gather input on the safe, equitable, and appropriate return to schools. More than 3,000 LAUSD parents/guardians responded to the UTLA Parent/Guardian survey.
According to our initial analysis of the survey results, parents’ top three priorities for distance education are, in order of priority: live instruction with smaller groups of students; virtual office hours for students and parents/guardians to meet with teachers; and live meetings with the teacher and the whole class.
Other key findings confirm that the digital divide cuts deeply across race and class lines and that students need more socio-emotional support to deal with pandemic-related trauma:
• 22% of families earning less than $15,000 a year report not having reliable internet access, while only 2.7% of families making over $150,000 reported problems with internet connectivity.
• 15% of parents said that they “do not have enough devices for everyone to use at the same time as needed." That number climbs to 25% for families making less than $15,000 a year.
• 35% of parents reported that their “children are more sad or anxious than usual” during the pandemic.
• Asian, Black, Filipino, Latinx, Native American, and Pacific Islanders were 6.5 times more likely than white parents to report that “food insecurity is a concern for my family” (8% BIPOC versus 1% white) and 2.5 times more likely to report that “housing insecurity is a concern for my family” (5% BIPOC versus 2% white).
The parent feedback amplifies the need for our contract proposals — like the Smart Start to focus on socio-emotional support and give students and teachers time to become comfortable with the tools of distance learning — and for our advocacy for the sustained economic and social support LAUSD communities need to recover from this unprecedented pandemic.
We’ll be sharing more results from the Parent/Guardian Survey in the coming weeks.
UTLA Proposal on Instructional Schedule 7-30-20
UTLA Proposal on Remote Learning 7-30-20
TOMORROW at 8 AM: Highlights from the Bargaining Table