Los Angeles– The presidents of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and the California Teachers Association applaud today’s signing of AB 1381, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Education Reform Bill.
It gives teachers, parents and others in the education community a greater voice in improving public education for students in Los Angeles schools. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill this morning.
“This legislation is the beginning of a partnership between teachers, parents and students that can change the way the district does business,” said A.J. Duffy, UTLA President. “There is great potential for success in this collaboration and we look forward to participating in the process.”
“This bill creates a unique opportunity for teachers, parents, the school board, the superintendent, and the mayors to work together to improve learning for students in the lowest-performing schools in LAUSD,” said Barbara E. Kerr, president of the 340,000-member CTA. “We’re proud to support our UTLA members in this effort.”
UTLA and CTA supported AB 1381 because the compromise bill gives teachers and parents a stronger voice in curriculum, and it creates a partnership between teachers, parents, the school board, superintendent, and the mayors. They will work together to help close the achievement gap for students in the lowest-performing schools.
Both houses of the Legislature passed the measure at the end of August. The Assembly passed it on a vote of 42 to 20, and the Senate by 23 to 13.
Contact: Marla Eby at UTLA: 213-368-6247
Sandra Jackson at CTA: 916-801-4776