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L.A. Unified's classified workers approve agreement for 10 furlough days next year

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Hundreds of protesters gathered outside L.A. Unified headquarters downtown as the board met inside to discuss the district's dire budget picture. (March 2012)

L.A. Unified's classified workers have voted to approve an agreement on 10 furlough days for the 2012-13 school year to save about 6,000 union jobs and $40 million in district spending, a union official said today.

"They did accept to take the 10 furlough days next school year. That will move forward," said SEIU Local 99 spokeswoman Blanca Gallegos. "In terms of any additional cuts that will be impacted by the governor's initiative" to raise taxes on the November ballot.

"So there was a really strong commitment to take part in that election, because a lot hinges on that," Gallegos said. She said the votes were tallied Saturday. The L.A. Unified school board will vote on this agreement and a tentative agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles for 10 furlough days at its board meeting Tuesday.


Judge tentatively rules LAUSD must include student progress in teacher evaluations

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Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy

A judge tentatively ruled today that the Los Angeles Unified School District is not abiding by a 41-year-old state law that requires student progress be included as a measure in teacher evaluations.

Both parties will be in court Tuesday to make their arguments in Doe vs. Deasy before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant. Chalfant will then issue a final ruling.

“The District does not currently comply with the Stull Act's requirement that teachers and principals be evaluated by the progress of students toward District standards, however measured, and by the progress of students toward State standards as measured by the CSTs. The District must do so, and a writ will issue compelling this task," Chalfant writes in his ruling.

The suit was filed in November by the Sacramento-based nonprofit EdVoice on behalf of seven unnamed parents.


Details: LA Unified and UTLA tentatively agree on 10 furlough days for next year

Teachers Rally To Highlight Proposed Budget Cuts

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School psychologists (L-R) Jimena Delpozo, Lynn Elias and Diana Socier take part in an education budget cuts rally and protest at Pershing Square on May 13, 2011 in downtown Los Angeles, California.

The Los Angeles Unified School District and teachers' union have reached an agreement to have teachers take 10 unpaid days off in 2012-13 for a savings of more than $100 million, district officials said late Friday.

The agreement still needs to be approved by the school board Tuesday and United Teachers Los Angeles in the coming week, said John Bowes, assistant chief human resources officer.

"If the UTLA membership ratifies the agreement it will allow us to bring back over 4,000 teaching jobs," Bowes said. "...So this is a good solution for both sides. It allows the district to help solve a critical fiscal challenge and puts more teachers back in classrooms with students."

A union spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

According to the agreement, teachers would lose five days of instruction, one of their two pupil free days used for professional development, and four paid non-work days, Bowes said.


LA Unified and UTLA agree on 10 unpaid days off for teachers next year

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Teachers, students, and their parents participating in an education budget cuts rally and protesting at Pershing Square on May 13, 2011.

The Los Angeles Unified School District and teachers' union have reached an agreement to have teachers take 10 unpaid days off in 2012-13, district officials announced late Friday.

The agreement still needs to be approved by the school board and United Teachers Los Angeles. A district spokesperson and union spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.

According to a district release, the agreement calls for a reduction of "five instructional days, in addition to teacher's [sic] taking one unpaid pupil free day and four other non-paid days."

The district is struggling to close a $390 million budget shortfall.

*Update: For more details.

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Planners and procrastinators reveal their kids' summer plans

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Summer is here! Parents at LA Unified's Ivanhoe Elementary School give their opinions about summer plans for their kids.

“What am I doing with the kids this summer?” is a question that’s perplexed some parents and guardians while it’s provided comfort to others. Both reactions were evident on a recent day at Ivanhoe Elementary School in L.A.’s Silverlake neighborhood.

Friends Shannon Timms and Jill Tanner appeared to be the Yin and the Yang of summer planning. As both waited for the bell to ring outside campus, Tanner talked about how she mapped out the season for her eight- and ten-year-olds months ago.

“My kids love to go to camp, so they’re going to two weeks of sleep over, sleep away camp in Canada, which is where my family is from, and then they’re going to come back here; my older one is just going to play with friends and the younger one is going to go to musical theater camp at the Lyric Theater,” Tanner said.

Timms said she’s in denial that for her second- and fourth-grade kids, it’s already summer.
“I plan to enjoy my summer with the kids. That’s the plan and then I panic a week before school gets out,” she said, recognizing that school is out in a matter of days.