Our Voices

DAY 5 TEACHER STRIKE

Day 5 – Another HUGE rally at Grand Park today!!! Thanks to parents, students, and community members for your support! What we’re doing together to #SavePublicEducation is a revolutionary act of love. Together we can do this! ✊🏼#LAUSDStrike #UTLAStrong

Posted by UTLA on Saturday, January 19, 2019

Another HUGE rally at Grand Park today!!! Thanks to parents, students, and community members for your support! What we’re doing together to #SavePublicEducation is a revolutionary act of love. Together we can do this! ✊🏼#LAUSDStrike #UTLAStrong

How charter schools drain money from public school districts

Our public schools are in crisis. Never has this been more apparent than now with over 30,000 educators striking in the streets of Los Angeles. The destitute economic condition of our public schools is largely the result of the unchecked growth of charter schools that continues every year. California is now the state with the most charter schools and charter school students in the nation. Approximately 10 percent of California students attend charter schools and the per pupil funding for each of these 600,000 students is being diverted away from neighborhood public schools, leaving them with fewer and fewer resources. It has been estimated that Los Angeles Unified School District loses 600 million dollars annually as a result of the loss of enrollment to charter schools. This year alone 70 new charter schools opened in California, enrolling an additional 30,000 students. Over the last ten years charter school enrollment has grown by 150 percent. Due to a declining birth rate, our state is projecting a decline in enrollment of 258,000 students over the next ten years, yet the California Charter Schools Association has set a goal of enrolling one million students in charter schools by 2022. Opening unneeded schools is fiscally irresponsible and will only exacerbate the financial problems of public school districts. #LAUSDStrike #UTLAStrong #WeAreLA

Posted by UTLA on Saturday, January 19, 2019

Our public schools are in crisis. Never has this been more apparent than now with over 30,000 educators striking in the streets of Los Angeles.

The community continues to stand with teachers

After a powerful week of action, Los Angeles educators are ready for a return to the picket lines Tuesday morning. With the strong support of the parents and community, this fight for public education will continue for as long as it takes. What side of history do you want to be on? #UTLAStrong #WeAreLA #LAUSDStrike

Posted by UTLA on Monday, January 21, 2019

After a powerful week of action, Los Angeles educators are ready for a return to the picket lines Tuesday morning.

It’s official, the firefighters have joined the teachers. #UTLAStrong #LAUSDStrong

Posted by UTLA on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Firefighters Join the Teachers

"This is a Strike Song" — Aryana Fields

Aryana Fields, a 5th Grader at Playa del Rey Elementary School performs a song in support of striking teachers. “A Strike Song” — Aryana Fields

Posted by UTLA on Thursday, January 17, 2019

Aryana Fields – This is a Strike Song

‪Have you seen this beautiful video? This made everyone's day!‬‪Delevan Drive Elementary is a school in Eagle Rock California (Los Angeles)♥️‬‪#DelevanDriveElementary #UTLAStrong‬‪#LAUSDStrike #RedForEd #EagleRock‬‪#TeachersAndStudentsMatter‬‪🎶Count on me🎶 Bruno Mars🎤‬

Posted by UTLA on Thursday, January 17, 2019

Delevan Drive Elementary School students singing “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars to their teachers on the picket line

CHARTER MORATORIUM VOTE 1.28.19

#CharterMoratoriumNow

In Los Angeles, the corporate-dominated charter industry has been more focused on starving our public schools and advancing a privatization and union-busting agenda. Scott Mark Schmerelson #CharterMoratoriumNow

Posted by UTLA on Monday, February 4, 2019
#EducatorVoice

Los Angeles is home to the largest concentration of corporate charter schools in the country. Since 2008, the charter industry has grown a whopping 287% and now totals 224 independent charter schools in LAUSD. The charter industry costs the district nearly $600 million every year. #CharterMoratoriumNow

Posted by UTLA on Monday, February 4, 2019
#ParentVoice2019

LOS ANGELES -- Parents who spent much of the last few years organizing for better charter industry regulation declared victory this afternoon as the school board voted 5-to-1 in favor of a resolution to impose a moratorium on new charter schools in LAUSD. Board Member Nick Melvoin was the lone “no” vote. #CharterMoratoriumNow #ParentVoice2019

Posted by UTLA on Monday, February 4, 2019
#EducatorVoice

Educators are asking that the healing process begin. This vote is a first step towards the healing process. We had negotiated this in our agreement, but it was remarkable to see it actually happen in the face of the charter industry at the board. Only Nick Melvoin voted against it.

Posted by UTLA on Monday, February 4, 2019

COMMUNITY SPEAKS ON CHARTERS

L.A TEACHERS DEMAND MORE RESOURCES

THE EDUCATOR VOICE

WORD ON THE STREET

United Teachers Los Angeles
Stop the charter drain! LA is home to the largest concentration of corporate charter schools in the country. Since 2008, the charter industry has grown a whopping 287% and now costs the district nearly $600 million every year. #WeArePublicSchools #AnotherDayAnotherCharterScandal https://t.co/uN570l7oBL
United Teachers Los Angeles
PRESS CONFERENCE Join LA communities as they fight the damaging effects of charter co-location. The kids of Eastman public school are being hurt by the effects caused from charter company EXTERA taking much needed resources. LIVE ON TW, IG OR FB ( <a href="https://twitter.com/UTLAnow" target="_blank"...
United Teachers Los Angeles
The money to fund public education is there. CA is the 5th largest economy in the world and boasts a GDP of $2.7 trillion, the highest of any US state. Yet, CA ranks near the bottom in the nation in funding public education. #KidsNotProfits <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FundOurSchools?src=hash" target="_blank"...