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LAUSD update: contract approved, charter moratorium resolution passed. What’s next?




Fourth graders at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy close their eyes and brainstorm theses for an essay assignment.
Fourth graders at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy close their eyes and brainstorm theses for an essay assignment.
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Los Angeles Unified School District board approved the new contract hammered out between the district and United Teachers Los Angeles, the teacher union, yesterday.

The board also endorsed a resolution that calls for a moratorium on the establishment of new charter schools within the district.

Despite its passage, the charter resolution is symbolic in nature. The power to regulate charter schools lies with the state legislature and the governor.

The new three-year contract for LAUSD teachers came about after a nine-day teacher walkout. Before the two sides came to an agreement, LAUSD was insistent that the district did not have the money to meet union demands. The deal that was eventually struck includes a 6 percent pay raise, the hiring of more nurses, librarians and counselors, and smaller class sizes.

Hours before the LAUSD board voted yesterday, county regulators released a statement questioning the financial sustainability of the new contract.

KPCC’s education reporter Kyle Stokes joins Larry to provide the latest updates.

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Kyle Stokes, education reporter at KPCC; he tweets @kystokes