The activism spark: ‘If we all unite, they cannot break us’

The first time I heard of Reclaim Our Schools Los Angeles was through Cesar Castrejon, an organizer at ACCE who led a meeting at my Parent Center at Tenth Street Elementary School. He shared a lot of information about what teachers were fighting for, and he told us that LAUSD has a $1.86 billion reserve that was not being used.

Student leader Adrian De La Cruz finds his voice in strike

Adrian De La Cruz, an 11th-grade student at LAUSD/USC MAE Magnet School, epitomizes the movement growing out of East Los Angeles, by joining his mother during the strike with the Eastside Padres Against Privatization Group and ROSLA, and says his favorite action was when ROSLA occupied the lobby of Oaktree Capital.

Charter News
New charter bills focus on charter industry oversight

Four critical bills have been introduced in the legislature that would bring common-sense accountability and oversight to the charter industry. Together, these bills will restore power back to local school boards and parents, ensuring billionaire-backed charters won't destabilize our schools anymore.

Students remind us: Make the struggle beautiful

Hazel Kight Witham from Venice HS talks about her strike experience. There were a dozen of us, and you could barely hear the song we were dancing to: Aretha Franklin’s “Think.” But there we were in front of Venice High, dancing for public education and calling on our community to think about what they were trying to do to us.

Organized parent power helps win our strike

Amid the sea of red shirts that flooded Los Angeles in early January, it may have been easy to miss those worn by the members of Eastside Padres Contra La Privatización. An all-volunteer organization formed in 2017. Eastside Padres is a leading force in the community struggle to defend public education.

President's Perspective
Not just a moment, but a movement

Our strike empowered Los Angeles. The impacts of our collective action are not just those we can measure, like contract wins and the shifting political dynamic, but those that are more intangible, like the positive human, emotional, and spiritual effects.

Jackie Goldberg dominates School Board race

With 48% of the vote, Jackie Goldberg took a commanding lead in the March 5 election for the open seat in the LAUSD Board District 5 race, outpacing her opponents more than 4 to 1. If absentee ballots do not push her over the 50% threshold, Goldberg will move to a May 14 runoff as the clear front-runner.

UTLA strongly endorses parcel tax measure to fund schools

To have a sustainable school system, LAUSD must increase its revenue to fund schools. In the same week that the School Board voted unanimously to approve the tax measure, UTLA’s Board of Directors, the House of Reps., and chapter chairs agreed to endorse a parcel tax measure that will go to LA voters on June 4.

My time on the strike line

Lisa Napoleon Culpepper, an English Teacher from Bell HS, writes about her experience on the picket line during the UTLA teachers' strike in January 2019. "When more than 30,000 teachers picket in the rain for days, they are telling the world that something is terribly wrong with the educational system," says Culpepper.

The strike heard, supported from all around the world

Our strike was a watershed moment for public education: In six days, we galvanized the city, dominated national media coverage, won a ground-breaking contract, and learned that in the battle to reinvest in our schools, the public stands with us. With 34,000 members out, it was one of the biggest strikes in California history.