President's Perspective
Our healthcare, our students, our schools, our future

We live in trying times. We have witnessed tremendous natural disasters, surely exacerbated by global warming, and incredible human violence, which tears at our souls. With each passing day, the importance of schools is reemphasized, the importance of engaging young people and helping to instill confidence in navigating a complicated world.

Media Coverage
Bargaining for the Common Good: Alex Caputo-Pearl

In this week’s Just Talk, John Rogers sits down with Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA). For more than two decades, Alex has taught in Los Angeles elementary schools and high schools.

Big Red Tuesday shows solidarity across social media

Seeing red across LAUSD, our unity will bring us the win for our schools and our students. We are fighting for our healthcare, fair salaries, 20by20 ($20k per pupil funding by 2020) and the common good.

Tuesday: board members to elect new president

Ref, as he faces felony charges and more than two dozen criminal counts, should recuse himself altogether and not be allowed to vote for his replacement, the next president of the school board. We reiterate a call for his resignation as we fight back healthcare cuts and fight for the Schools LA Students Deserve.

Media Coverage
KNX Radio: Ref Rodriguez is called on to resign from Board

Facing felony charges and more than two dozen criminal counts, Ref Rodriguez announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as president but will remain on the school board. UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl talks with KNX about how this decision is not reflective of a “kids first” agenda he and his colleagues trumpet so often.

Press Release
Labor, community blasts billionaires, defeats AB 1217

With statewide labor solidarity and community support, the billionaire carve-out bill known as AB 1217 was defeated last week. With strong campaign efforts by UTLA members and allies, including our affiliates, the NAACP, LA County Democratic Party and the state PTA, our message and organizing was powerful enough that the bill was never brought to a vote by the Senate.

School board members are not above the law, should set example for the Schools LA Students Deserve

The criminal charges against Ref Rodriguez are very serious, and we expect him to be held accountable. While we will await more details on the specifics of this case, we as a city are again challenged by the question of how corporate special interests like the California Charter School Association and their billionaire allies have often been allowed to act with impunity, and above the law.

Media Coverage
DACA School Board Rally Calls On Funding Need for Recipients

Educators, students, parents, and community members rallied at the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education after school on Tuesday, September 12, to testify to the devastating impact of the Trump administration’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and to raise awareness of the time-sensitive need for DACA renewal funds.