WHO WE ARE

We are a union of more than 33,000 educators in the Los Angeles Unified School District, working side by side with parents and community allies to make our schools better places to educate, work, and learn.

Together, we are fighting for the building blocks of a healthy school:

  • lower class sizes

  • fewer tests that waste instructional time

  • full-time nurses, counselors, and librarians to make our schools safer, more enriching places to learn

  • greater access to early education, adult education, bilingual education, and special education programs

  • investment in Community Schools

  • more arts, music, and ethnic studies

California used to be known for our high-quality public education, but decades of underfunding have left our schools starving for resources. It is simply not acceptable that California, as the fifth-largest economy in the world, stands at 43rd among the states in per-pupil funding.

We must do better for our children, and together we are fighting for the state and the district to reinvest in our schools.

Unfortunately, we do not have a partner in LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner and his allies on the school board, who were elected with millions in donations from charter school special interests. Right now, LAUSD has $1.86 billion in unrestricted reserves that could make an immediate impact on students, but Beutner refuses to use it, while he allows the unregulated growth of the charter industry to drain nearly $600 million a year from our neighborhood schools.

Enough is enough. Educators, parents, and the community are using our collective power to stand up for public education in LA.

SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS
Safe, high-quality public schools are a right for all.

  • Reduce class sizes at all grade levels.

  • Hire more special education teachers and specialists to ensure that students with special needs get the attention and support they deserve.

  • Recruit more bilingual educators, invest in dual language programs, and ensure student access to ethnic studies, visual & performing arts, and career & technical education.

  • Hire more nurses, counselors, social workers, and teacher librarians

  • Reduce the number of standardized tests used in the classroom and let teachers decide what works best for their students.

We are doing this by:
· Bargaining with the district
· Organizing school-site actions

EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITIES
Public schools are the anchors of the community.

  • Build Community Schools to expand parent engagement, broaden the curriculum, and increase social services at our highest-needs schools.

  • Increase parent and educator decision making by giving local school leadership councils control over how funds are used at schools.

  • Require charter schools authorized by the district to prove equal access, transparency, and due process rights for all parents and students.

  • Increase administrator accountability for school safety and discipline, and invest in positive behavior support through restorative justice. · Use the district’s leverage and demands on civic leaders to make improvements in affordable housing, access to green space, immigrant rights, and other community issues.

We are doing this by:
· Community bargaining with the district for the ‘common good’
· Organizing with parents & community members
· Organizing with ‘community schools’ organizations like ROS-LA
· Organizing school-site actions

 

DEFEND THE TEACHING PROFESSION
Educators are everyday heroes; we must protect against attacks.

  • Attract and retain high-quality educators through competitive salaries and quality healthcare.

  • Invest in the adult education and early education teachers who serve our communities by giving them the same job protections and working conditions that other teachers receive.

  • Ensure that substitute teachers have healthy working conditions and are treated as essential contributors to the success of our students.

We are doing this by:
· Bargaining with the district
· Forming statewide coalitions with other teachers unions
· Organizing school-site actions

FUND THE FUTURE
Invest in our students and our schools.

  • Fund LA schools at $20,000 per pupil by the year 2020 = 20 by 20.

  • California ranks 46th in education funding yet is the richest state in the nation.

  • In the 6th largest economy in the world, and in the 2nd largest district in the country, the money is here for the schools our students deserve.

We are doing this by:
· California Schools And Local Communities Funding Act 2020
· Legislative push for charter accountability
· Organizing school-site actions

WORD ON THE STREET

UTLA
Signs of @SMMCTA @UTLAnow solidarity at my daughter's school this morning. Santa Monica teachers, join us at the March for Public Education on 12/15! #utlastrong #strikeready https://t.co/JbbGuos5yM
UTLA
One @UTLAnow member on the potential strike in LA: "I don’t want any of my students to feel like they’re lacking. I don’t want any of them to feel second class or anything. That is what I am fighting for." #UTLAstrong <a...
UTLA
Teacher and @UTLAnow member Lisa Falco lays it out plain: The struggle for educational justice is a class struggle. We can't do it alone. https://t.co/fk9JmOS4Fe #utlastrong #readytostrike
United Teachers Los Angeles
#Repost @houseofblackhoneycomb ・・・ It’s official...... @tonythurmond2018 is the new Superintendent of Public Instruction for California 👏🏽😊🙅🏽‍♀️🙌🏽. Congrats and let’s continue to do great things for our students and public education!!! #tonythurmond #publiceducation #childrenarethefuture #bluewave...
United Teachers Los Angeles
#Repost @wearecta ・・・ It's OFFICIAL: #TonyThurmond is California's next Superintendent of Public Instruction!! Thanks to the power of public school educators and #TeamTony, Tony will be serving our 6 million students of California and supporting our public schools! 🎉🍏
United Teachers Los Angeles
Come get ready to drum for Public Education. We need people with diverse identities, backgrounds and abilities interested in playing to defend public education. Join us for our first rehearsal. #StopStarvingPublicSchool #📚 #📖 #📝 #🎓#utla #utlastrong #utlanow #redforeducation <a href="https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/StopTheBillionairePrivatizers"...