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UTLA may sue to block layoff change

  • 10-07-2010
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By Howard Blume and Jason Song/Los Angeles Times

Local teachers union leaders angrily denounced on Wednesday an agreement that would result in sweeping changes to teacher seniority protections in the nation's second-largest school system. They said the pact was reached without their participation and they are weighing court action to block the new policies from taking effect. The union response comes one day after the announcement of a tentative settlement reached between the Los Angeles Board of Education and lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union and other firms. They had sued the district over layoff procedures that effectively decimated the staffs of three schools serving low-income minority students. The union was a defendant in the lawsuit, but was not involved in the negotiations that led to Tuesday's resolution. (more…)
Also: Washington Post, Color Lines & article by John Rogers, IDEA Director, which helped to initiate a discussion around teacher layoffs and their disproportionate effects on schools with high rates of low-income, students of color.

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