United Teachers Los Angeles protests school district reform

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Protesters gather in front of the LAUSD headquarters on South Beaudry Avenue in Los Angeles, Calif. File photo.

L.A. Unified’s teachers’ union organized protests today and for next week against school district administrators. The union is upset that the superintendent has tentatively allowed outside groups to assume control of new and low-performing campuses.

The school district received 85 proposals to run three dozen campuses. Teachers, charter school companies and other nonprofits crafted the plans. The superintendent is recommending teacher and district-written plans for more than half the schools. Outside groups could run another quarter of the schools.

A teacher, parent and student vote earlier this month favored the teacher plans. A nonprofit run by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa received the recommendation to run Carver Middle School.

Kirsten Ellis, a teacher there, doesn’t like the idea. "We demand that the school board and the superintendent adhere to and follow the vote of the people, instead of throwing it out and ignoring it."

The board of education is set to discuss — and possibly, to vote — on the recommendations at Tuesday’s meeting.

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