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No agreement yet for LAUSD and its unions on teacher evals

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District and union officials have not yet reached an agreement on a teacher evaluation process that includes student test scores as of the first implementation deadline in a judge's ruling on Doe vs. Deasy. (Sept. 4, 2012)

Months after a judge ordered the Los Angeles Unified School District to include student test scores in teacher evaluations, union and district officials have not yet reached an agreement, according to court filings Tuesday on the first of two implementation deadlines.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant ruled in July that the district must abide by the more than 40-year-old Stull Act by Dec. 4. The district was required to submit a brief to the court updating it on its progress by Sept. 4.

The update shows that the United Teachers Los Angeles has met with the district 11 times since July 11  — including a handful of meetings prior to the July 24 ruling, and will meet again Thursday. The Associated Administrators of Los Angeles have met with the district nine times since June 29 and will have another meeting Friday.


Cal State faculty overwhelmingly approve 4-year contract — with no raises

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A sky view of Cal State Fullerton.

California State University system faculty have overwhelmingly approved a new four-year contract that largely preserves current labor terms and contains no salary raises.

The contract must still be ratified by the university’s board of trustees at its meeting later this month. Approval is expected.

Faculty have been working without a contract for the last 2 1/2 years during a contentious bargaining process that spurred a strike-authorization vote and the intervention of a mediator.

California Faculty Association President Lillian Taiz said Tuesday that 91 percent of the association’s members who voted approved the agreement.

About 45 percent of the union’s 12,500 members voted last month.

The association represents 23,000 professors, lecturers and other professional employees throughout CSU’s 23 campuses. Not all are union members.


Embattled bill on teacher evaluation dies

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State lawmakers failed to revive a controversial measure that would rewrite state rules on teacher evaluations, but supporters vowed to bring it up again in the next legislative session.

State lawmakers failed to revive a controversial measure that would rewrite state rules on teacher evaluations, but supporters vowed to bring it up again in the next legislative session.

The Los Angeles Times reports the long-dormant bill, AB 5, was resurrected in recent weeks by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar). It would institute a statewide uniform teacher evaluation system featuring more performance reviews, classroom observations, training of evaluators and public input into the review process.

Education advocates slammed the bill, especially the costs to financially strapped districts and the requirement to negotiate with unions on every element of evaluations.

Fuentes said there was not enough time for a public hearing on the last-minute changes proposed to address the concerns.


California test scores: LA Unified, state schools gain in English, math*


California education officials released standardized test scores Friday that showed overall statewide gains in English, math.

Schools statewide made overall gains on the annual standardized test results released Friday, doing more with less, as California has continued to slash education funding, forcing program cuts and thousands of teacher layoffs.

You can find out how your school district did on KPCC's interactive graphic map.

At the Los Angeles Unified School District, the state's largest district and the second-largest in the nation, student performance in English-Language Arts improved by 4 percentage points from last year, with 48 percent proficient or better. In math, that number went up 2 percentage points from last year to 45 percent.

Statewide, that trend was repeated with slightly smaller gains: Students taking the English-Language Arts test section improved 3 percentage points to 57 percent proficient or better. In math, that number grew by 1 percentage point to 51 percent.

"In less than a decade we've gone from having only about one student in three score as proficient or better to now having one student out of two,” said Paul Hefner, a spokesman for the California Department of Education. “That's nearly 900,000 more students reaching proficiency now than when we started this system back in 2003. Obviously, there's still work to do there, ... but a great deal of progress has been made.”

Scores ran the gamut in L.A County. (You can see the results on maps divided by district here.) La Canada Unified School District came in at the top with nearly 92 percent proficient or better in English-Language Arts and 87 percent in math. The district tied with San Marino Unified in math.