L.A. County Calls New Teachers’ Contract Unsustainable

Parents and teachers celebrating the ratification of a new contract with the L.A. teachers’ union would be wise to exercise some caution. The new deal, which ended a historic six-day teachers strike, is “not sustainable” under current circumstances according to the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Significant cuts or revenue enhancements must now be made or the county may appoint a fiscal adviser with the power to override district spending decisions.

The contract calls for a 3% raise retroactive to July 1, 2017, plus another 3% raise retroactive to July 1, 2018. The district has also agreed to slightly reduce class sizes and hire more support staff. It has promised a full-time nurse at every school campus.

The agreement was formally approved by the Los Angeles Board of Education Tuesday despite the warnings. On the same day, school officials also passed a non-binding resolution which calls for a statewide moratorium on new charter schools. That vote prompted a rally outside the district’s headquarters, attended by some 1,000 charter supporters.

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