The Los Angeles Public School Teacher Union called a strike against the LAUSD for better wages, lower class sizes, and more librarians, nurses, and guidance counselors.. If you read the newspapers, the teachers' union want higher pay as the main driver for the strike. However, the truth is far different. The teachers' union is striking for the following improvements for the Los Angeles public schools.
- A 6.5% raise for the three years, effective immediately.
- Lower class sizes of up to 40 student to a maximum of 34.
- All schools should have a guidance counselor, nurse, and a librarian.
- A cap on charter school growth.
- Evaluations not linked to State tests and reduce that testing..
By contrast the LAUSD has proposed the following:
- A 6% raise for three years, with 3% immediately and the reaming 3% next year, contingent on the school district having the funding.
- A commitment to reduce class sizes by 1 to 4 students in high poverty schools.
- Add a "highly effective" category to teacher evaluations.
- Making it easier to terminate teachers.
- Expand categories that can get a waiver from hiring excessed teachers.