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UTLA head and LAUSD deputy superintendent explain union contract impasse




UTLA says it is at an impasse with the Los Angeles Unified School District over a new contract for its 31,000 teachers.
UTLA says it is at an impasse with the Los Angeles Unified School District over a new contract for its 31,000 teachers.
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After 7 months of negotiations, the Los Angeles Unified School District and UTLA, the union that represents teachers, say they’re at an impasse.

The union said the district is "refusing to bargain in good faith on student learning conditions, and threatening educator layoffs as a scare tactic." LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines said in a statement that the district agrees the talks are at an impasse.

The differences between the two sides amount to more than $800 million, the district said in its statement. Cortines has maintained that the district is facing a deficit. The union insists the district has money. Other issues dividing the two sides include classroom size and teacher evaluations.

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Guests:

Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of UTLA, the union representing 31,000 teachers and health and human service professionals

Michelle King, Deputy Superintendent, LAUSD