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UTLA members narrowly approvetentative agreement
Teachers unhappy about District’s continued pattern of shortchanging students.
June 16, 2012 – United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) announced today that its membersvoted58% to 42% in favor of a tentative agreement with LAUSD that would stabilize schoolsby maintaining class sizes, restoring critical program and saving over 4,700 jobs for the2012-13 school year. With 24,401members voting, 14,195 members voted in favor of the agreement and 10,206 members voted against the agreement.UTLA member voting took place on June 13 – 15 at school sites. Votes were counted today atUTLA headquarters. The tentative agreement is a one-year deal. The LAUSD school boardadopted the agreement on Tuesday, June 12.
Statement from Warren Fletcher, UTLA President
“This was a close vote and UTLA members are angry. The Superintendent and SchoolBoard came within an inch of completely eliminating Adult Education and EarlyChildhood Education from Los Angeles. They came within an inch of boostingelementary class size by 25% and laying off thousands of teachers. They came within aninch of decimating arts education, physical education, nursing services, libraries,counseling services and more in LAUSD.As their budget priorities demonstrate over and over again, LAUSD has shown itswillingness to be cavalier about the needs of schools and students. The Superintendentand School Board have felt free to adopt wildly destructive and irresponsible budgets,secure in the knowledge that the teachers would clean up their mess, that UTLAmembers would step up and “do the right thing” for students and the community. Andfor the last four years, we have done exactly that.But as today’s very close ratification vote demonstrates, teachers have begun to worry – justifiably - that by sacrificing and putting the needs of our students and ourcommunities first, we educators are enabling the school board and the Superintendentto continue year after year to eliminate dedicated teachers, to shorten the school yearfor every student, and to further undercut the value of an LAUSD education. This vote puts the Superintendent and School Board on notice.