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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:29 pm

Newsweek
Oklahomans Oust GOP Lawmakers Opposed to Teacher Raises With Tax Hikes

During Oklahoma's runoff primary elections on Tuesday night, six more state representatives lost their bid for re-election as Republican voters continue to oust lawmakers who opposed a tax hike to fund teacher pay raises.

Back in June's primaries, the Oklahoma House of Representatives saw five lawmakers sent packing after being voted out of office by conservative constituents. Those representatives had also been opponents of the tax hike on fuel, cigarettes and energy production that was used to pay for teacher salary increases.

The tax rise resulted in an average teacher pay raise of just over $6,000 annually and is the first salary increase for Oklahoma teachers in a decade. Even after more than a dozen Republican representatives challenged the bill, it was eventually passed by the state's Senate in late March.

But before the legislation was passed, 19 House Republicans voted against it. Now, after the latest round of elections, eight of those lawmakers have been defeated, the Associated Press reported. Seven others involved in the controversy decided not to run for re-election at all. Only four of the representatives have managed to advance to the general election this November.


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Post by Sunrise » Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:36 pm

Addie wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:29 pm
Newsweek
Oklahomans Oust GOP Lawmakers Opposed to Teacher Raises With Tax Hikes
This makes me sooooo happy! :dance: :banana: :clap:


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:43 pm

Sunrise wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:36 pm
Addie wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:29 pm
Newsweek
Oklahomans Oust GOP Lawmakers Opposed to Teacher Raises With Tax Hikes
This makes me sooooo happy! :dance: :banana: :clap:
YES!!!! I was involved as a teacher in lobbying the legislature many years ago about salaries and other issues. Having public support made all the difference to us and when there was a strike once I became an attorney for public school employees. :dance:


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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:02 pm

LA Times OpEd
Teachers have been walking out all year. Now they're walking straight to the ballot box

What unfolded in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona last spring was not supposed to happen. Tens of thousands of teachers went on strike in bright red states where government-employee unions are weak.

They were boiling over, angry at low pay and lawmakers who kept cutting taxes while letting school funding sink to woeful levels. The teachers in those states won raises, and so did the ones who walked out in Kentucky and Colorado.

On the eve of Labor Day, many teachers are still boiling over. More than 30,000 teachers in Los Angeles voted Thursday to authorize a strike if their union and school district fail to agree on a contract. Earlier in the week, teachers in Seattle voted to strike in September if their union and school district don’t reach a deal. And North Carolina’s teachers are inching closer toward a statewide walkout.

Whether or not the strike wave continues, it’s clear that teachers and their unions have been galvanized into focusing on the November elections. They are seeking to elect lawmakers who will support public education, not starve it. Some teachers are trying to become lawmakers themselves. ...

In some states, teachers have adopted an additional strategy. As Republican lawmakers champion austerity and tax cuts, unions in Colorado are pushing a ballot initiative to increase school funding. The referendum would raise the income tax for people earning more than $150,000 a year, and also the corporate income tax.


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Post by Addie » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:28 am

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Los Angeles Braces for Major Teachers’ Strike

LOS ANGELES — There are 900 schools, 30,000 teachers and more than 600,000 students in the Los Angeles public school system. By the end of the week, a teacher strike could throw them all into crisis.

After months of failed negotiations, teachers are expected to walk off the job on Thursday, in a show of frustration over what they say are untenable conditions in the second-largest school system in the country.

Teachers and other employees in the Los Angeles Unified School District are demanding higher pay, smaller class sizes and more support staff like counselors and librarians. But district officials say that they do not have the money to meet all of the demands and that the strike would do more damage to schools than good.

A strike in Los Angeles would offer a new stage for the national teacher protest movement, which in the last year has driven walkouts against stagnant pay and low education funding in six states. A walkout in staunchly liberal Los Angeles would also signal a major shift in a movement that has spread mostly in conservative or swing states with weaker unions.



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Post by Addie » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:24 am

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'A watershed moment': 31,000 Los Angeles teachers prepare to strike

The fight in Los Angeles is, essentially, a bitter family squabble over dizzying challenges and dismally inadequate resources


A nationwide teachers’ revolt that last year saw walkouts in West Virginia, Oklahoma and other largely Republican-run states has now spread to California, where teachers and support staff in the vast, sprawling, predominantly low-income Los Angeles Unified School District are on the verge of striking.

About 31,000 members of the local teachers’ union are threatening to walk off the job on Monday to demand better pay, lower class sizes and improved student access to nurses, psychological counselors and other key services.

Their union, United Teachers Los Angeles, has been fighting with the school district – America’s second largest – for more than a year. Both sides agree that schools are underfunded and teachers underpaid, but that has not prevented trust between the two sides from eroding to a vanishing point.

In contrast to the disputes in Oklahoma and other red states, where the fight has been seen as one pitting teachers and administrators against tight-fisted conservative legislators, the fight in Los Angeles is, essentially, a bitter family squabble over dizzying challenges and dismally inadequate resources.

The district has proposed a 6% pay rise over the first two years of a new three-year contract. The union wants a 6.5% raise right away as well as a flurry of new hiring and other school resources. ...

The difference between the two sides, which shows no sign of being resolved, is likely to lead to major disruptions across the city if the threatened strike becomes a reality. The district wants students to come to school even if teachers are not there, but has hired just 400 extra support staff to take the place of 31,000 unionized workers. Nobody knows what largely unsupervised schools are going to look like, especially if the walkout stretches out over days or weeks.



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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:47 am

LAUSD teachers go on strike for the first time in 30 years

https://www.latimes.com/local/education ... story.html
Los Angeles teachers braved cold, drizzly weather Monday morning as they walked off the job in their first strike in 30 years to demand smaller class sizes, more support staff at schools and better pay.

Schools will be open but it’s unknown how many students will head to classes in the nation’s second-largest school system. Some will be joining their teachers on the picket line.

For those who go to school, the day is unlikely to follow routines as volunteers, an estimated 400 substitutes and 2,000 staffers from central and regional offices fill in for 31,000 teachers, nurses, librarians and counselors. At 10 schools, nonteaching employees will take part in a sympathy strike, which will create additional headaches as administrators struggle to manage such tasks as preparing and serving meals.

It was still dark when physical education teacher Lin Joy Hom rolled up about 6:15 a.m. to the gate that leads to the Marshall High School parking lot on Griffith Park Boulevard, with “UTLA strong” emblazoned in red letters on her car windows. Fellow P.E. teacher Orquida Labrador — Hom’s coworker and a 1987 Marshall alumnus — hurried to help her unload water bottles and doughnuts for the educators on the picket line.
So, 2400 staffers and volunteers are going to fill in for 31,000 teachers, nurses, librarians and counselors. That's not even 10%. Wouldn't send my children to school under those conditions.


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Post by kate520 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:28 am

LAUSD is woefully underfunded. It serves the some of the poorest communities in California. In the more ritzy school districts, parents pay thousands per year during fund drives - you get yard signs that say tell everyone you’ve paid your annual nut, it’s a kind of shaming thing.

Though we don’t have the terrible weather in winter, our schools also have 45 kids per class, nowhere near enough resources, non-functioning restrooms in run-down buildings, peeling lead paint, holes in walls, cucarachas, gang violence, little-no extra money for art, music, athletics. Sometimes, if they can, the parents will band together and pay a teacher themselves, after school hours, to bring art and music to their kids. It is pathetic.

Thirty years ago the district built a new middle school downtown to serve around 2000 students...on a superfund site. The saga is indicative of the LAUSD’s mindset. The tried to convince the parents that hexavalent chromium was safe.
It sits upon a subterranean reservoir of hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen, whose origin is the subject of a current lawsuit. And carcinogens trichlorethylene, methylene chloride and chloroform remain in the soil and possibly in the air.
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(Tom)Hayden's inquiry was the second state hearing regarding Jefferson and LAUSD school-safety issues; last summer, Assemblyman Scott Wildman made headlines with the revelation that LAUSD has a policy of siting new schools on industrial, largely toxic properties. Hayden's hearing brought forth more revelations: that the district had been out of compliance with state law, had violated its air-quality operating permit (113 separate violations were ultimately cited), and that its Health Risk Assessment - the document proving its safety for occupancy - had to be thrown out.
https://www.laweekly.com/news/the-saga- ... ol-2129957

Granted this was a long time ago, but don’t think for a minute all change has been good.

But this happened at around the same time. It was a pattern.
This site was to be the home of the Belmont Learning Complex, called the most expensive school in America, with its $200 million price tag. The development was originally conceived in 1985 by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a middle school to alleviate the severe overcrowding in the area. The project ballooned into a planned thirty-five-acre, state-of-the-art, Internet-wired senior high campus, with a shopping mall to jump-start commercial development in the area, 120 affordable apartments to address the housing crunch, classrooms and innovative “academies” for 5,000 students.

More than ten years later, however, the Belmont development is mired in controversy over “waste, fraud and abuse” (as one state assemblyman put it), lack of accountability and the public’s discovery of what at least some in the school district already knew–that explosive methane gas, poisonous hydrogen sulfide, volatile organic compounds such as acetone, the carcinogen benzene and residual crude oil saturated the earth where the school was being built, on top of a former oilfield and industrial site.
https://www.thenation.com/article/school-wasnt/

It’s hard to find enough uncontaminated land here to build 1 school, let alone a school complex. Industrial, aerospace mostly were completely unregulated for decades. The street mr520’s factory is on was a superfund cleanup site in the early 90s. The businesses in the area, none of which were the culprits, were required to mitigate the damages. Some got state help; the ones that didn’t went under.

It’s a :pickle: . Los Angeles is a hot mess in some ways but everyone wants to live here. The teachers and county have been negotiating for a very long time. The teachers have always gotten far less than what they need, and graft and grift are still huge problems in the county. :pickle:

I don’t have school kids anymore so the strike doesn’t affect me. I know this will throw families into chaos for a bit, but this strike is necessary for the kids of the future.

ETA:
LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, an investment banker with no experience whatsoever in education, says the district cannotafford to meet our demands, yet the neutral fact-finder in our dispute confirmed that there is a $1.8 billion budget reserve. Still, the district claims it is in danger of becoming insolvent
Grift, graft, go.


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Re: Teachers' Strikes

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Post by Fortinbras » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:57 am

The teacher strikes will have an effect not terribly different from the govt shutdown. Because there is no school today, the kids stay home but the parents cannot leave them unsupervised, and babysitters or the like cannot be gotten (or afforded), so the parents must stay home from work to care for their kids. The effect is similar to a massive sick-out with the added ugliness that nobody will pay the parents' backpay and some parents may lose their jobs over staying with their kids.



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