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Welcome aboard Gavin! The United Teachers of Los Angeles, a combined union of CFT and CTA, is planning to strike on January 10, just days after the new governor is sworn in. A similar job action is being considered in Oakland and Sacramento, which are also a hot mess. This is occurring while funding for K-12 schools is quite healthy, given an increased Prop. 98 guarantee and reduced enrollment because of demographics.
The big issue for school districts and other public agencies is the cost of pensions. Generally for school districts, the state pays 4%, employees pay 8%, and the school district contribution is now around 10% of creditable compensation, but is expected to keep going up. The increase in pension contributions is expected to outpace Prop. 98 funding guaranty for schools taking money for other compensation and programs. Get the problem?
I was there for the increases. I didn't directly benefit to my knowledge, but also didn't was charged to object. Now the chickens have come home to roost.
Meanwhile, school districts have hired non-teaching employees to capture federal, private, and state funds to document educational improvement. That provides an attractive target--employees targeted as "administrators."
I don't want to get in the middle of this, but many of these "administrators" are teachers or education professionals doing their job to document progress within the district. In doing so, they are out of the union. But, they are doing great work. These are very Democratic-leaning districts.
Here is the LAT's Howard Blume on the situation in LA.
CAKEDAY after the jump...
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