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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Have a great summer!

Congratulations on another academic year doing some of the most important work in the world: educating our students. As we head into the summer, take a moment to recognize the historic year we had together.

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Governor's Charter Task Force releases report

This Charter Task Force was established in large part because of pressure generated by our strike. The majority recommendations of the Task Force are essential starting points

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Measure EE: Tough loss but our movement will win

We want to start by appreciating you, UTLA members. Many of you participated in precinct walks, community events, phone banks, and making sure to vote and take family and friends with you. All of that said, a loss is always disappointing, and the results with Measure EE are no different.

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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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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.