LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles Unified School District officials said they will make a new proposal to the teachers union today in an effort to avoid a planned strike Monday — an offer that includes additional fund­ing to reduce class sizes and provide more sup­port for teachers, which comes hours after Cal­if­or­nia Gov. Gavin Newsom re­leased a pro­posed budget for 2019-20 that would in­crease spend­ing for public education.

United Teachers Los An­geles is threatening to direct its members to strike on Monday, and reducing class sizes has been one of its demands, although issues over a pay raise, char­ter schools, the staffing level of nurses, counselors and librarians, and other issues have also been areas of conflict with the district in contract negotiations.

Newsom’s budget would spend a record $80.7 bil­lion on K-12 schools and com­mu­nity colleges, up from the roughly $78 billion in­clu­ded in the previous budget.

“Yesterday, we spoke with state leaders in Sac­ra­mento about our shared com­mit­ment to public ed­u­cation, and the budget an­nounced today by the gov­ern­or is a strong state­ment of those values,” LAUSD Su­per­intendent Aus­tin Beut­ner said. “All of the leg­is­la­tive leaders we met with yesterday ex­pressed their com­mit­ment to public ed­u­cation.”

Newsom’s beefed-up edu­ca­tion budget comes amid a flurry of activity this week surrounding UTLA’s strike threat.

A judge Thursday gave UTLA — which represents over 31,00 teachers, counselor, nurses and librarians — the green light to proceed with a planned strike Monday, rejecting a bid by the district to obtain a temporary restraining order. UTLA had originally planned to start the strike Thursday, but on Wednesday announced it was pushing back the date due to the legal action.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary H. Strobel said that with the collective bargaining agreement between the LAUSD and United Teachers Los Angeles scheduled to end Sunday, there would be no contract to enforce in order to enjoin the teachers from walking the picket line the next day.

Another round of talks between UTLA and the LAUSD was scheduled for 9 a.m. today.

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Jimzan

Maybe if the teachers made school more about "education", instead of the political activist boot camps they are becoming, they would have more support from their communities. That is why Charter schools are growing and the public education system is shrinking, although the growing poverty level in America probably insures job security for the teachers. I sent my son to private school during his entire K-12th grade so he was not subjected to the same education system that I experienced...he graduated Berkeley with a 3.6 GPA but he leans to the left because of his education....which is a huge disappointment to "me". lol lol lol

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