The District is extremely pleased with the multi-tiered final evaluation system that allows us to evaluate our employees in a more robust way.
Additionally, it gets us closer to gaining flexibility over more than $171 million in funds, which will go towards summer school for our students and other very necessary services. We will inform Arne Duncan and the Department of Education on Monday about our recent accomplishment.
Secondly, $13 million is going to the reduction of class sizes in 8th and 9th grade English Language Arts and Mathematics and the District is increasing counseling services which helps our students with being college prepared and career ready with the use of another $13 million.
Lastly, we have a multi-year salary agreement, which compensates employees for their hard work and allows for continued discussions on future years.
Again, the District is pleased with the hard work between the parties and we consider the entire agreement a win for the students and employees of the Los Angeles USD. Highlights of the agreement are below:
- A 3-year agreement covering 2014-2017 with limited reopeners in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. 2016-2017 includes a salary reopener.
- A 4% on-schedule salary increase effective July 1, 2014; a 2% on-schedule salary increase effective January 1, 2015; a 2% on-schedule salary increase effective July 1, 2015 and a 2% on-schedule salary increase effective January 1, 2016.
- A 3-level final evaluation system, which will allow for an improved evaluation system and additional flexibilities through the CORE Waiver. Additionally, a joint committee will be created with the certificated bargaining units to help with the development of the improvements to the teacher evaluation system.
- $13 million for class size reduction to English Language Arts and Math in grades 8-9. An additional $13 million will be provided to increase secondary school counseling services.
- Continued protections for the District for budgetary uncertainties.
- A class size committee to explore options and strategies for further reducing class sizes.
- A more efficient grievance processing system that requires informal discussion prior to the filing of a grievance.
- Additional leave options to promote wellness amongst employees.
- Greater collaboration with UTLA in the assignment process.
- Substitutes will be provided additional rights to a meeting with representation.