More attention, training needed to solve the problem of misleading grades, author says.
Both strikes yielded gains for teachers, but larger structural issues, such as declining enrollments, unaffordable housing, and pension costs eroding what can be spent on children, were not addressed.
L.A. Unified's school board and UTLA have ratified a contract, but L.A. County Superintendent Debra Duardo is skeptical the district can pay for its promises, and the Legislature may not agree to a charter school moratorium.
Show of strength by United Teachers Los Angeles despite efforts to weaken it by depriving it of union fees.
Left unclear is precisely how the dozens of provisions agreed to would be paid for.
In most LAUSD middle schools, the largest core classes have 37 kids — and can sometimes be as large as 46.
School districts are required to maintain a minimum level of reserves, or county offices of education will intervene.
Union leaders at Los Angeles Unified are concerned that the growth of charter schools has come at the expense of dollars for district schools and the teachers working in them.
Teachers throughout the state are organizing as labor negotiations stall and school districts edge closer to strikes.
After fact finder agrees with district's salary offer, union accuses district of failing to bargain in good faith and refuses further talks.
Los Angeles Unified has tested water in all of its schools for lead over the last decade, but critics say its policies put children at risk.
A new law requires schools to test their water for lead, but children could remain exposed to dangerous levels of the toxic metal.
Ref Rodriguez's resignation ends the charter-backed majority on the Los Angeles Unified school board. Replacement plans are uncertain.
The rising costs of health care and pensions stand in the way of meeting the promise of the funding formula, says the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
While awareness of restorative justice is high among school officials statewide, budgets for programs remain tiny in most school districts.