President's Perspective
A bold New Deal for our movement

Alex delivered the following State of the Union speech at the 2019 Leadership Conference in July. "We will never forget 2018-19. An historic strike with unprecedented wins. The largest public sector strike in a single city of the United States in years. The first large strike since Janus, sending a pro-union message nationwide. The first Red for Ed strike in a blue state, challenging Democrats on their terrible record on funding and privatization. A strike being studied internationally..."

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Corporate greed or the funding our schools need?

There is one overwhelming punchline for all of us between now and June 4: We need to vote, we need to get others to vote, and we need to precinct walk to pass Measure EE. Jackie Goldberg’s 71% to 29% landslide victory on May 14 was a watershed moment.

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Bring the passion of our strike to passing Measure EE

We’ve spent our careers explaining that public education is chronically underfunded. Enough is enough. For the first time in my career, and in yours, we are on offense against underfunding. Measure EE, on the local ballot on June 4 that would bring $500 million to our schools. 

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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.

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Together, we made history

Our strike won an overwhelming victory on the issues. We launched the teacher strike movement in California and accelerated the teacher strike movement nationally. We made history. But what remains etched in our brains and hearts most indelibly is the togetherness, love, pride, and creative spark we felt on the picket lines and in the rallies.

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The defining moment of educator courage is here

After 20 months of attempting to reach an agreement with the district — an agreement that would, after years of neglect, reinvest in our students, our schools, our jobs, and our healthcare instead of tearing them down — we have declared a strike date of January 10, 2019.

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Competing visions for public education

In this edition of the President's Perspective by Alex Caputo-Pearl the competing visions of Supt. Austin Beutner and our UTLA President for the future of public education in Los Angeles are discussed. Click here for more.

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Downsize or Reinvest?

What is the answer to downsizing our public schools? Reinvesting. Reinvesting by recruiting and retaining educators with a fair pay increase, stopping the increases in class sizes, pushing for more per-pupil funding, giving educators a say in what tests are administered, placing commonsense regulation on charter growth.

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Starved of resources and respect

Sisters and brothers, I’m going to start with what happened this week in bargaining. LAUSD claimed in early July that we were not at impasse. They said come back to the table because they had something substantial to offer.

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The time to force change is now

We are the ones who will save public education in Los Angeles. On May 24, more than 12,000 of us gathered in Grand Park for the All In for Respect rally in the spirit of teacher rebellions happening across the country.