L.A. teachers in open rebellion – this time against their own union leaders

By Mark Bucher
Union chief Caputo-Pearl: “This agreement is horrible,” a teacher wrote on UTL:A’s Facebook page. “It was not worth striking 7 minutes let alone 7 days!!! Our union has let us down once again.” (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) LOS ANGELES — L.A. teachers on Tuesday voted on a deal their union calls “historic.” But by then, the...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, LAUSD, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Will Anything Good Come Out of the LAUSD Strike? Probably Not

By Edward Ring
As the teachers strike in Los Angeles entered its second week, it appeared that it would be over soon. Yesterday, online reports declared an agreement had been “hammered out,” with union members ratifying the deal late last night. Union representatives have consistently stated that more pay is not the only reason they’re striking. That’s believable. The...

TAGS: LAUSD, United Teachers of Los Angeles, UTLA

Are LAUSD Teachers Underpaid, or Does it Cost Too Much to Live in California?

By Edward Ring
In California, public sector unions pretty much run the state government. Government unions collect and spend over $800 million per year in California. There is no special interest in California both willing and able to mount a sustained challenge to public sector union power. They simply have too much money, too many people on their...

TAGS: Charter schools, LAUSD, Los Angeles Unified School District, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, UTLA, Vergara vs. State of California

As L.A. strike begins, eye-catching billboards tell teachers they don’t have to strike – they can quit the union

By Editorial Staff
SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOPS: Billboard at 6th and Beaudry, near LA Unified HQ. LOS ANGELES—As 30,000 teachers walked out of Los Angeles classrooms, a coalition of education reform groups is offering teachers an alternative: leave the teachers union. Billboards around the Los Angeles Unified School District encourage teachers to learn their rights – including the...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, Austin Beutner, Janus decision, teachers strike, United Teachers of Los Angeles

UTLA’s crisis is here

By Larry Sand
Union boss’ orchestrated state crisis is well underway in Los Angeles.  United Teachers of Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl’s long sought-after teachers’ strike is set for January 10th. He began the long march back in 2016 when he forecast a walkout and also boasted about the union’s ability to “create a state crisis” in 2018. Though...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, Arlene Inouye, Austin Beutner, California Teachers Association, David Crane, Parent Revolution, Speak Up, teacher strike, United Teachers of Los Angeles

The #WeSue movement

By Larry Sand
The Janus decision in June has opened the door to litigation. Lots of litigation. It has been almost six months since the Janus ruling, which allows government workers to avoid paying a union as a condition of employment. But that was just a beginning. The decision has shone a light on many other union abuses...

TAGS: California Policy Center, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Janus ruling, Larry Sand, Liberty Justice Center, National Right to Work Foundation, release time, teachers union, Thomas Few, Trey Kovacs, United Teachers of Los Angeles, worker freedom

Class size matters…not a whit

By Larry Sand
Perhaps the “fake news” story of the year – actually the last 20 years – is that small class size is essential to learning. Under the leadership of its cantankerous president Alex Caputo-Pearl, the United Teachers of Los Angeles is planning to strike – very possibly in January. The union’s demands haven’t budged, even as...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, Andrew Coulson, Austin Beutner, Benjamin Scafidi, Cato Institute, class-size, EdChoice, Eric Hanushek, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

The charter school haters dig in

By Larry Sand
The education traditionalists’ attacks on parental choice are unrelenting. All across Texas, children are hoping to get into a charter school. In San Antonio alone, 40,000 families await the chance to pick a school that best fits the needs of their child. Nationally, over 3 million students now attend these schools of choice, which get...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, California Charter School Association, charter school, Diane Ravitch, In the Public Interest, James Shuls, Larry Sand, Lisa Snell, National Education Association, school choice, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

The looming apocalypse in California

By Larry Sand
The “state crisis” threatened by Los Angeles teacher union boss two years ago is upon us. In two recent posts, I detailed the United Teachers of Los Angeles contract demands on the school district and reported that a strike was likely. And of late, the situation has gone from bad to dire. Perhaps the biggest...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, George McKenna, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Nick Melvoin, Richard Vladovic, teacher pay, teacher strike, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles