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How Trump factors into California’s charter school wars

How Trump factors into California’s charter school wars

It’s tough being a charter school advocate in California these days. Not only are the schools facing fierce opposition from the Democratic-controlled Legislature, teachers unions and a governor whom their backers spent millions trying to keep out of office, they also have the most politically toxic ally possible in California state politics: President Donald Trump.

Co-location Fightback: Eastman elementary fights harm caused by EXTERA charter company

Co-location Fightback: Eastman elementary fights harm caused by EXTERA charter company

In the heart of the city of Carson in Southern California, a fight is brewing to save much-needed resources for students and the community. Catskill elementary classrooms and resources are being threatened by the charter company Ganas, Inc., which has initiated the process to co-locate onto the Catskill campus against the wishes of the community.

LA School Voice with Alex Caputo-Pearl April 22

LA School Voice with Alex Caputo-Pearl April 22

Today’s LA School Voice Live with Alex: We build on our wins for much-needed school funding with Measure EE on June 14, with guest teacher Georgia Flowers-Lee. We double-down for BD5 candidate Jackie Goldberg, with educator Jennifer Villaroyo. We remain on front lines in fights against co-location and for charter accountability. #wearepublicschools #UTLAstrong

“They threw rocks at a wasp’s nest”

“They threw rocks at a wasp’s nest”

Widespread opposition to a charter company moving onto campus has sparked a fierce push-back from Catskill Elementary in Carson. Just as UTLA was heading into our strike, the Catskill community got wind that GANAS charter corporation had been offered space on their campus, threatening the well-rounded programs the school has built for their students.

Parents and educators take charter accountability fight to legislators

Parents and educators take charter accountability fight to legislators

Fueled by a new package of charter-focused bills, parents, students, and educators have been meeting with lawmakers in Sacramento and Los Angeles to press for a moratorium on charter expansion and for common-sense accountability and oversight for the corporate charter industry. 

How to talk to friends and family about Measure EE

How to talk to friends and family about Measure EE

As our strike demonstrated, when educators talk about what students need, people listen. Here’s an FAQ to guide conversations with friends and family to encourage support on June 4 for this critically needed measure. The funding status quo is unsustainable, and Measure EE is one step to turn things around. 

LA School Voice with Alex Caputo-Pearl

LA School Voice with Alex Caputo-Pearl

Today’s LA School Voice Live with Alex: update on retro pay, Sacto strike, and parents and teachers on front lines in fights against co-location and for charter accountability. #wearepublicschools #UTLAstrong

Colocation Fightback: Charter company not welcome at CATSKILL elementary

Colocation Fightback: Charter company not welcome at CATSKILL elementary

In the heart of the city of Carson in Southern California, a fight is brewing to save much-needed resources for students and the community. Catskill elementary classrooms and resources are being threatened by the charter company Ganas, Inc., which has initiated the process to co-locate onto the Catskill campus against the wishes of the community.

LA School Voice with Alex Caputo-Pearl

LA School Voice with Alex Caputo-Pearl

Watch the broadcast* every Monday *Broadcasts will run till the end of the school year. Live on social media @4pm     Send us an email, ask Alex questions:  Laschoolvoice@utla.net     Ad paid for by Political Action Council of...

New charter school’s possible campus-sharing with Carson elementary school causes rising tension between LAUSD, charter opponents

New charter school’s possible campus-sharing with Carson elementary school causes rising tension between LAUSD, charter opponents

The latest battle brewing in the Southland charter school debate erupted this week, when nearly 100 parents, teachers, students and other community members gathered at Veterans Park, in Carson, to protest district plans to offer a portion of Catskill Avenue Elementary School to the newly formed Ganas Academy Charter School in the fall. #SaveCatskill #HarborArea #UTLAStrong #WeArePublicSChools

Student leader Adrian De La Cruz: ‘I knew I was helping my teachers’

Student leader Adrian De La Cruz: ‘I knew I was helping my teachers’

Adrian De La Cruz, an 11th-grade student at LAUSD/USC MAE Magnet School, epitomizes the movement growing out of East Los Angeles to support public education and stop privatization. With his mother and sisters, he was part of Reclaim Our Schools Los Angeles’s Leadership Action School.

We stand with Oakland

We stand with Oakland

UTLA members went back on the picket lines before school on February 22 to show support for striking educators in Oakland and to demand action on two items that will help all California schools: increased per-pupil funding and an immediate cap on the unregulated growth of the charter industry.

WEST VIRGINIA: Shutting down schools to stop privatization

WEST VIRGINIA: Shutting down schools to stop privatization

West Virginia sparked the nationwide teacher rebellion with their two-week, statewide walkout in 2018. One year after their historic walkout, West Virginia educators went on strike again to stop a pro-privatization, anti-union bill.

@UTLANow

LOCKED OUT; Families & educators trying to deliver petitions to @lausd_ldc signed by more than 2,000 Trinity community members but the doors are locked. Keep Trinity open! @suptlaschools #NoSchoolClosures #WeArePublicSchools #SaveTrinity https://t.co/hUafHUsLrq UTLAnow photo
“My daughter matters. Her classmates matter. Don’t close our home. Don’t close Trinity” —Trinity parent Johana Flores @lausd_ldc @suptlaschools #NoSchoolClosures #WeArePublicSchools #SaveTrinity https://t.co/EWjAazq6uZ UTLAnow photo
“Our schools offer more than just education to our students. Our schools are our students’ second homes. They are our students’ safe places” —Stacie Webster, 5th grade teacher at West Vernon ES and UTLA Central Area Chair @lausd_ldc @suptlaschools #NoSchoolClosures https://t.co/J8QSap1B3W UTLAnow photo

@ReclaimLASchls

Equity is essential, but a Student Center Funding formula could do more harm than good. It doesn't value neighborhood schools because all funding is portable. It will continue the trend of schools in Black and Brown communities losing students and... (1/2) https://t.co/dTomi2Zul8 ReclaimLASchls photo
LAUSD is proposing a dramatic change to how our schools are funded. The LAUSD school board will vote on this proposal on Tuesday, Sept. 14th. Please join us on Sept. 1 for our Town Hall discussion on how this new funding model will impact our traditional neighborhood schools. https://t.co/h2v3kXAfSx ReclaimLASchls photo