Media Coverage
Who Is Winning The Fight For Control Of Public Schools

Here in LA the most expensive school board race in American history is over. It cost about $15 million for two races between charter schools and the teachers’ union. The union lost and the Los Angeles Unified School Board now has a majority of pro-charter members on it, deciding education policy for more than 600,000 children in the second largest school district in the nation. KCRW speaks to the head of UTLA and one of the new school board members.

Statement
The Billionaires Bought this Election

We’re in the midst of an existential fight for the soul of public education, and last night we lost an important round. It’s a troubling development — for our communities and for our democracy — that a handful of wealthy individuals can essentially buy a local election.

Media Coverage
Bernie, the Billionaires, and the School Board

The pro-charter candidates in Tuesday’s Los Angeles election are backed by the Walton family, Michael Bloomberg, and Eli Broad. Their opponents are backed by Bernie Sanders, in the priciest school board race in U.S. history.

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May Day #Resist March 2017

UTLA members joined the"May Day Resist" massive march and demonstration of unionized workers who gathered in MacArthur Park to head toward downtown Los Angeles. More than 100 organizations marched down in a display of unity of sustained resistance to the ongoing assault on labor and immigrant rights and our fight against the Trump/DeVos privatization agenda.

President's Perspective
Three Walks to Victory

I am asking you to pause your reading of the UNITED TEACHER for five minutes right now and sign up for three precinct-walking shifts in the School Board election campaign. Quite simply, if we all walk three shifts, we will win on May 16. Protecting our health benefits and winning a contract for the Schools LA Students Deserve depends on us electing Steve Zimmer and Imelda Padilla to the LAUSD School Board.

Charter News
Why the State Audit of L.A.’s Largest Charter School Chain Matters

A state audit gave Alliance College-Ready Public Schools a mixed review last week, following an 11-month examination of spending and privacy issues related to Alliance’s two-year battle against teachers organizing a union at the charter network’s 28 schools.