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UTLA Leader Alex Caputo-Pearl. Photo courtesy UTLA.
Aris Puno July 14, 2014 at 10:30 pm
If it weren't for unions, then teachers wouldn't receive a fair salary. In fact, in LAUSD, it's beenRead More about 7 years since the last raise, 10 years since the last COLA (which the district has used for pet projects) and 4 years of a pay cut. In reality, any raise we get now isn't a raise at all. Teachers have made endless sacrifices to keep schools running. Also, let's not be naive to think teachers are not working diligently daily because of test scores. Any child can be successful and there is not one person whom I've come across and disagreed that parent involvement is a huge factor. Well, look at the area codes that LAUSD encompasses. If you are going to point fingers at teachers for failures, then point the finger at the first teacher the child has known: the parent(s).
Frank Estrada July 15, 2014 at 07:42 am
Oh please.. public unions have single handedly destroyed the quality of life in LA. The LAUSD is aRead More huge failure...Its time to break up the city of LA once and for all as it now longer can effectively serve the public
Fernando lopez July 15, 2014 at 09:59 pm
Good for the teachers, support them fully. Every private sector in life just wants to continue toRead More bleed everyone out from where ever they can.
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jack July 2, 2014 at 08:06 am
Nayely Quesada can barely make ends meet, BUT, she has another child on the way. Does anybody see aRead More problem with this? Anybody at all?! Honestly this country is doomed.
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Zookeeper91326 July 1, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Didn't you hear? Brown has decided to give the Prop 30 tax revenue to "social causes."Read More Typical Democrat bait and switch!!!
mark hensley July 1, 2014 at 08:36 pm
Even the CEO of mcdonalds has said raising the minimum wage for its workers would have an almostRead More negligible effect on its prices. We are talking pennies.
Fernando lopez July 1, 2014 at 09:23 pm
Good for them. Everyone deserves to be able to provide well or decently for their families. $15 anRead More hour isn't much now and days anyways. Wages need to increase with the cost of living. Another good deed by union members.
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Brentwood Resident # 49 June 25, 2014 at 07:20 am
A 20% cost of living increase over the past 5 years? Where does the union leader come up with thisRead More stuff? That is an unbelievable figure!
Frank Estrada June 25, 2014 at 07:41 am
Time to break up the LAUSD and the city of Los Angeles for that matter ...what a joke this isRead More become ..what a sham for the taxpaying public. how sad as the apathetic Angelino continues to wonder why our city has failed our kids ...well people it's called the UTLA....greed in it's ugliest form... Right up there with the mafioso DWP. When will this end? How much further of this nonsense will the public take where about 95 percent of this 8 billion-dollar budget is going to public union salary workers and their pensions.
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porter gladstone III June 20, 2014 at 02:58 pm
Carl, youre messed up in the head --you have plastered that 125 times. It's your daughter? If youRead More think its ok to reprint that, then obviously you dont have an issue with it. And that is very odd.
porter gladstone III June 20, 2014 at 03:05 pm
carl emailed patch about your breach of patch policy. Just so you know --if and when they suspendRead More your account --it was me.
porter gladstone III June 20, 2014 at 03:30 pm
and carl --out of stater? Hmm I have my pictures from kershaw's no hitter which i was at. ThatRead More puts a time and place. Cause if i show u any other pics youre gonna say they are old. Then you gonna apologize?
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Carl Petersen III June 17, 2014 at 04:52 pm
Consumer products that will last just a couple of years should not be paid for with bond funds. TheRead More taxpayers will be paying the interest on this purchase long after these iPads have taken up space in a landfill. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com
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Carl Petersen III June 3, 2014 at 10:08 am
I think that you need to check your reporting. It is my understanding that the teachers were notRead More offered a 2% raise for the current year. Instead they are being offered a 2% bonus. This means that after not receiving a pay increase for seven years they are now being offered a TOTAL 2% pay raise (the one for next year). ___________________________________________________ For those against a pay increase for teachers, how many of you would not be looking for a new profession if your pay was stagnant for seven years? I also ask if you think that the Superintendent should be penalized for the poor performance of the schools? He and his top staff saw no problem in giving themselves raises. It is time to www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com
tony June 3, 2014 at 07:17 pm
Yes I know I own my own business and my earnings have dropped 65% since 2007. I do not get 4 monthsRead More off a year nor do I get medical,dental at no charge to me . I do not get a pension provided by taxpayers that will pay me 2 million dollars after age 65 assuming I live to be 85. So quit your whining and be happy that you have such a wonderful carefree, free time, incentive career. 17.5% increase, hell I would love to be making what I was making back in 2006 and 2007. not 59% less.
Frank Estrada June 4, 2014 at 08:00 am
Oh please what a joke.. For the sake of the children, the LAUSD should be dismantled already ratherRead More than to allow them to continue to spew out or "graduate" more illiterate children further in raising our pool of ill equipped job seekers... Yes smaller is better....With all of it politicking and BS the LAUSD failures have caused people to flee our school system and has resulted in people avoiding living in LAUSD areas... To me all I hear from these people is who else is to blame..typical... Let's do what needs to be done already and hold teacher accountable for their students performance and all also have teachers tested every few years. This public union bs has gone to far and has made a shambles of our schools....I give a resounding NO to any raises!!!! And while we are at it, fire our superintendent....
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
Cheryl Ortega May 28, 2014 at 09:24 am
While it might be true that teachers are no longer "housed" in a school district facility,Read More they have certainly not been freed in any sense of the word. John Deasy's Orwellian policy of combining those who question district policies with those who abuse children is outrageous. And even if teachers are merely under house arrest, their good names have been harmed forever.
Books have gone missing from LAUSD libraries that are not staffed with professional librarians, a union rep says.
Nicole Williams February 24, 2014 at 04:34 pm
They're too busy buying iPads at RETAIL prices!!!!When there's a sub, they automatically watch aRead More dvd! My kid could learn MORE at home watching TV than at an LAUSD school. It's so frustrating!!!!!You can't even log onto the Net on a desktop at schools-it's RIDICULOUS!!
Librarygal February 25, 2014 at 06:35 am
As an LAUSD Library Aide since 2000 I have seen a lot of changes. Most of us have been reduced to 3Read More hours a day. A typical day can be up to 6 classes scheduled, primary grades get story time, students come in at the same time to exchange books so they can keep up with the required reading program Accelerated Reader, teachers need guidance to find books which supplement the curriculum, not to mention shelving, putting up monthly displays, etc. We are constantly looking for funding to purchase new books & fun ways to promote the library. It's sad to think about school libraries that have to be closed because there is no Library Aide or Teacher Librarian. I promote the public library daily, but most students do not have the opportunity to go because their parents don't have time to take them. Hopefully things will change so all students may have equal access to the school libraries.
JMarsh February 25, 2014 at 07:14 am
The first elementary school I taught at years ago had a full-time credentialed librarian. She wasRead More wonderful. The library was always in order and open. We had a weekly library visit with our class. If you were studying a topic you could let her know and she would pull a number of grade level books on the subject. She always had featured books on display in the library. They were about holidays, etc. She really made a difference! None of the other schools I taught at had a librarian.
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Baird Martin November 14, 2013 at 04:32 pm
While I am not a fan of common core, I don't see anything in your analysis that references actualRead More data regarding the killing of the practice. Don't get me wrong, this is a good starting point, however if parents are going to win this war against high stakes testing based education, they are going to have to have hard numbers that items important in the real world, and not some libertarian version of the free market, are indeed falling off the map in favor of other subjects.
jayres November 14, 2013 at 08:06 pm
Cursive isn't Latin, and frankly if your child grows up unable to read and write cursive, peopleRead More will think that he/she was poorly educated. I wouldn't hire an employee who didn't have that ability. If LAUSD ever stops teaching cursive, I'll pull my child out of school and pay for a private school that includes it as an essential part of the curriculum. Did you see the 19 year friend of Trayvon Martin who testified that she couldn't read cursive? Mean people thought she was stupid and compassionate ones felt sorry for her. Both are judgments I refuse to let others pass on my children. My eldest is in first grade and I constantly correct her grammar so that, for similar reasons, she will have the ability to effectively communicate and present herself in the best possible light.
Alex White November 15, 2013 at 10:33 am
I think 12 years of schooling is certainly enough time for even the slowest of students to learn toRead More read and write cursive and also to speak English. And what of mathematics? Let's get rid of math too. We have calculators. And who needs logic? We have computers. And what's with "Jane Eyre" when we could be reading "The Palm Wine Drunkard" and the collected works of Bukowski? And to think, they made me learn Old English and recite Tennyson just to get a lousy BA.
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Ernesto October 20, 2013 at 08:32 am
We struggle with this all the time! Too much work for everyone and not enough down time.
Busy Street October 15, 2013 at 10:14 am
does this mean there will be no parking when I get home tonight?
eaglerocker October 15, 2013 at 10:57 am
I sure hope so. Sounds like a really interesting event.
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