LAUSD and UTLA Agree to Fund Mentor Teachers

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 8, 2014) –  Ongoing negotiations between L.A. Unified and the teachers’ union, resulted Thursday in agreement to provide $10,000 stipends that pay for a mentor teacher, hired to help instructors at 37 highly-challenged schools. 

The expert educators qualify for funding over the next three school years at campuses included in the Reed case court settlement. The goal is to reduce high teacher turnover, large dropout rates and low standardized-test scores.

“This additional investment will help the youth at these schools by improving the instructional program,” Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John E. Deasy said today. “Mentor teachers will share their expertise broadly beginning with the new school year and continuing through the 2016-17 school year.”

To help them develop their skills, new teachers will receive extra time to work with mentor teachers.  At the Reed schools, all teachers will participate in additional professional development.  The court settlement requires the additional support, and also eliminates teacher layoffs based on seniority.

As the superintendent thanked members of the United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing teachers, he also said, “We look forward to additional agreements.”  

This compromise does not affect the full contract, the main collective bargaining agreement the two sides have been meeting to resolve. Negotiations on a new contract between the District and the teachers’ union were expected to continue, with the next bargaining session scheduled for Aug. 21.

The Reed schools are: Audubon Middle School; Barack Obama Global Prep Academy; Banning Senior High; Bell Senior High; Berendo Middle School; Canoga Park Senior High; Drew Middle School; East Valley Senior High; Edward R. Roybal Learning Center; Fremont Senior High; Robert Fulton College Preparatory School; Gage Middle School; Gompers Middle School; Huntington Park Senior High; Thomas Jefferson Senior High; John H. Liecthy Middle School; Jordan Senior High; Abraham Lincoln Senior High.

Los Angeles Academy Middle School; Manual Arts Senior High; Markham Middle School;  Mendez Math and Science Learning Center; Monroe Senior High; John Muir Middle School; RFK Community Schools—New World Academy; Chester Nimitz Middle School; Panorama Senior High; Roosevelt Senior High School of Communications and Technology; San Fernando Middle School; San Fernando Senior High; San Pedro Senior High; South East Senior High; Sun Valley Senior High; Robert L. Stevenson Middle School; Sun Valley Middle School; West Adams Preparatory Senior High; and Woodrow Wilson Senior High.

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 Gayle Pollard-Terry (213) 241-6766


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