News in Brief

Teachers' Pact Would Ease Rules in L.A.

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Certain schools in Los Angeles would gain new freedom to hire teachers, to avoid certain district directives, and to waive parts of the teachers' contract, under an agreement brokered by the district and its local teachers' union.

And the agreement would end the ability of charter-management organizations to bid to run low-performing schools.

The terms are set out in a memorandum of understanding signed by Superintendent John Deasy and United Teachers Los Angeles President Warren Fletcher, but it still must be ratified by the district's teaching force. The vote was scheduled to occur early this month.

The changes envisioned appear to continue a recent trend toward decentralization in the nation's second-largest school district, which serves 678,000 students. The plan would presumably provide even more control to the school site councils over how discretionary school funds, and even some federal funding, are spent. The district and the union still have to work through other contractual issues, including the development of a new teacher-evaluation system and whether student achievement will be included in such a system.

Vol. 31, Issue 13, Page 4

Published in Print: December 7, 2011, as Teachers' Pact Would Ease Rules in L.A.
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories