LOS ANGELES (April 8, 2014) - In a historic settlement, the Los Angeles Unified School District reached agreement with the plaintiffs, the United Teachers Los Angeles and the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools in the matter of Reed v. State of California, et al.
As part of the settlement, L.A. Unified will provide critically needed administrative and teacher support to 37 of the District’s highly-challenged schools. Those schools have high teacher turnover and student drop-out rates, and low scores on the Academic Performance Index, a broad measurement of public school students statewide.
The agreement resulted from a collaborative effort and several months of negotiations between the District, the attorneys (American Civil Liberties Union, Public Counsel, Morrison & Foerster) representing the plaintiffs, as well as the teacher’s union, the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, which represents principals and other administrators, and the partnership schools.
“The youth in greatest peril at these schools will benefit tremendously from the additional administrative and teacher support provided under this program,” said Superintendent John E. Deasy. He added, “These are invaluable investments, aligned with the goals of the Local Control Funding Formula, which will make a difference in transforming these schools and bring justice to our youth. I thank all of the parties who have worked tremendously hard to make this program a reality.”
Dr. Judith Perez, president of the administrator’s union stated, “This settlement will provide additional resources to improve the instructional program in the 37 schools, increase individual support for students and create a safe learning environment.”
The settlement agreement will be presented to the Los Angeles Board of Education for approval at their meeting on April 22, 2014. The settlement also is subject to the approval of the court.
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