School Board Adopts Agreement with UTLA

LOS ANGELES - The Board of Education today unanimously approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles, the teachers’ union. The agreement provides a raise, reduces class size, expands counseling services and changes the teacher evaluation system and educator reassignments.

All Board Members expressed support for the deal.

Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic said, “I strongly believe our teachers deserve this raise- all of our employees deserve higher pay for all they do for this District. Our teachers are the builders of our future, through their work in educating the next generation. We can never thank them enough for all their hard work teaching our kids and for all their sacrifices during the steep budget cuts of the last few years—for the pay cuts, the unpaid furlough days, and the additional responsibilities and duties after co-workers were laid off.”

Board Vice President Steve Zimmer said, “I am proud to join the Board in approving the agreement with our teachers, our librarians, our counselors and our health and human service workers. With this unanimous vote, we join the nearly 97% of the members of UTLA who are deeply committed to making sure our children succeed.”

Board Member Dr. George McKenna said, “Reaching this agreement required collaboration from teachers and other members of UTLA, from the District and from the Board. Collaboration is key to the success of our students--at our schools, in our offices, among all of our employees. After years of tough times, we can finally afford to say, ‘thank you.’"

“Thank you, health and human services professionals, and teachers for increasing student achievement, partnering with us through the Great Recession and striving to transform our district,” said Board Member Mónica García. “We look forward to increased outcomes on the path towards building the schools our children deserve.”

"Our teachers did a great job of educating our students during the budget crisis when we couldn't give them the raises they deserved," said Tamar Galatzan, the only board member with children in District schools. "I'm pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that rewards our teachers for their outstanding work in the classroom."

Board Member Bennett Kayser said, “As the cost-of-living increased over the past seven years, our teachers took pay cuts to save critical programs, such as early and adult education, the Academic Decathlon, the All-City Marching Band, and helped make our kids safe by keeping afterschool playgrounds open. Our teachers are community heroes who have more than earned this raise. Thanks to all who helped get us to this agreement.”

Board Member Mónica Ratliff said, "This District would not exist without its teachers who have made years of sacrifices while working miracles with our students. I fully support providing our teachers with this well-deserved raise. As we move forward, it is essential that the Board, our labor partners, and the public remain constantly cognizant and vigilant about the District's financial health, not simply in the immediate future, but also for the next 5-10 years and beyond. As a District, we must ensure that we can meet our obligations. I commend Superintendent Ramon Cortines and our Chief Financial Officer for their transparency regarding the District's fiscal situation."

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