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On Strike

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The public supports us.

Being on strike makes me proud. To see and hear the support of the public every morning on the picket line, I am further convinced L.A. teachers made the right choice to leave the classroom. It is not an easy choice for many single income teachers, but it is one of the reasons we are striking. Teachers should not have to live paycheck to paycheck when educating society's children.



But our strike is about more than that, and it seems the public is aware of what we have been concerned about for years. In the middle of one morning's picket session I realized that the education reformers had been so very wrong in what they were telling us. The public knows and understands that we know what's best for children in schools. They place their precious children in our hands to educate, and want us to do our job unencumbered by district edicts and structures that get in the way.

The public supports us.


Being on strike is not what I thought it would be. It is be…

United States Congress Writes Letter About California Stimulus Funds

Twenty-six members of Congress have written to Governor Schwarzenegger and Superintendent O'Connell urging released stimulus funds to be used to SAVE JOBS and REDUCE EDUCATION CUTS, the purpose for which they were intended. It's not too late to call you Board Members and urge them to vote no on item 2 tomorrow and use more of the stimulus to preserve the gains we have all worked so hard to make.

Read the letter by clicking on the link below.

http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/capitolalertlatest/govletter.pdf

A Message From a Teacher in South Central

Dear Superintendent Cortines and LAUSD Board Members,

In the next week, you will be voting on important budget decisions that I am sure have taken their toll on your personal and professional lives. I have no doubt as to the integrity and thoroughness of your decision making process, but as leaders, I'm sure you will agree that the best decisions are made when the greatest amount of data are available to help you decide the most viable course of action.

As CCSS California Teacher of the Year 2009, I wish to share the data from my school, Los Angeles Academy Middle School, located in South Central Los Angeles.

Three years ago, the Jefferson family of schools was plagued by race-riots, student walkouts, and disturbingly low academic performance. Our school experienced the impact of the turmoil in the local high school, but made significant efforts to distinguish ourselves as academic leaders in our community. We targeted the issue of teacher turnover that peaked at a high of 35 teac…

Join South Central Teachers In Preserving Our Educational Community

As you may know, South Central schools have been hit hardest with the proposed LAUSD layoffs. If you are here, its because you are interested in making your voice heard against the devastating proposals to carry out 40% of all Reductions in Force in South L.A. schools.



If you want to help:



Leafleting

L.A. Academy conducted educational leafleting to parents on Friday morning, March 27th, from 6:45 am to 7:30 am. We plan to continue leafleting every Friday until further notice. Please consider doing the same at your school. Links to flyers you can download and share are posted to this blog.



One Day Strike

The UTLA House of Representatives will be voting on whether to proceed with a one day strike in May. Encourage all UTLA members at your school to support this strike vote, and to participate in the strike.



Phone Calls

Call the school board, call your legislators and tell them to use more of the federal stimulus funds to avert layoffs.


Contact the MediaThe public is NOT AWARE about the impendin…