District Response to UTLA Rally from Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines

United Teachers Los Angeles promoted today’s rally weeks before it declared an impasse in labor negotiations. We remain focused on securing an agreement, like we have with the majority of other labor partners at the Los Angeles Unified School District, which takes into account our fiscal reality and our commitment to students, teachers, support service personnel and the District at large.

The District’s responsible offer of a 5 percent pay raise retroactive to July 1, 2014 for teachers and other members of UTLA, is still on the table. So are all of our proposals, including those that would increase salaries for beginning teachers to $50,000 and add another $13 million, totaling $26 million, to reduce secondary class sizes so teachers would have fewer students.
 
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Contact: Lydia L. Ramos or Thomas Waldman (213) 241-6766