UTLA Teacher Strike Ends: Building Healthy communities with healthy teachers

Topic:  Los Angeles Teacher’s Strike, Education, Charter schools,  Teaching
Segment: D Report
Participants: Tony Osumi,  Teacher and UTLA  member
Broadcast Air Date: 01/25/19
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
Station: KUCR 88.3 FM Riverside, CA
KUCR station page: http://www.kucr.org
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Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the respective speakers and do not represent the endorsed position of the UC Regents, UC Riverside or KUCR.

Discussion Topics:

  • What were the terms of the resolution leading to the end of the teachers’ strike?
  • The UTLA teacher’s strike lasted 6 days.
  • What are the terms of the new 3-year agreement between UTLA and LAUSD?
  • LAUSD Schools will have full-time nurses.
  • What are new terms regarding class size reductions?
  • What is section 1.5 of the contract loop hole?
  • How does class size reduction affect student learning?
  • Middle schools and High schools will get full-time librarians?
  • Academic counselors are reduced from over 700 students for every one counselor to 500 students to one counselor?
  • Reduce  standardize testing by 50%.
  • Teachers will receive a retroactive pay increase of 3% and an additional 3% starting the following academic cycle.
  • What are community schools?
  • There will be 30 community schools in LAUSD.
  • LAUSD will reevaluate the over racialized policing measure that it disproportionately applies to Black and Brown students.
  •  How did the 2019 Los Angeles Teacher’s strike capture the   imagination of the nation and world?
  •  Teachers have been advocating for reforms in West Virginia, Massachusetts, Chicago and Arizona.
  •  How do we raise the issue of low public-school funding and increasing privatization movements?
  • Why did New Orleans close its public-school system to replace it with private corporate charter schools?
  • What is the superintendent Austin Beutners’ plan for corporate charter schools within LAUSD?
  • Why convert public schools into corporate profit-making centers?
  • What did parents, teachers, and students learn from the teacher’s strike?
  •  How do we connect social justice issues as union issues?
  •  How do we maintain the history record of teacher advocacy?
  •  How do we process the experience of teachers picketing outside of school?
  •  Parents supported teachers on strike by raising money to buy lunches for teachers.
  •  When  did the  word union become almost a “bad word?”
  •  What happens when you put the words teachers, unions and workers together?
  •  How do we put union faces to our teachers?
  •  Why are cities being economically speculated by corporations?
  •  What is the risk of privatizing public schools to parents and children?
  • What are the common good issues?
  •  California is ranked #46 in student spending.
  •  Can you be more effective teacher by being engaged in the complex world?
  •  Have you read the work of “>Grace lee Boggs?
  • The teachers’ strike   connects us to the examples  Swimmy by Leo Leoni.
  • How do we rethink education systems to  become tools of liberation?

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