L.A. Teachers Union Calls for Halting Growth of Charter Schools

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United Teachers Los Angeles holds a news conference on Dec. 19, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

United Teachers Los Angeles holds a news conference on Dec. 19, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

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In its 69 pages of demands to the school district, the union representing Los Angeles teachers barely touches on charter schools. But as they prepare for an announced strike on Jan. 10, union leaders are making the growth of these schools a focus to rally members and raise public awareness of what they see as an existential threat.

On Friday union president Alex Caputo-Pearl called for a halt to new charter schools in the district. It’s the latest escalation in the union’s anti-charter rhetoric.

“It’s time to invest in our existing schools,” said Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles. “This unregulated growth is something that affects the long-term sustainability of the district. … This is about protecting the civic institution of public education.”

Charter supporters take issue with the union’s targeting. They say charters have provided valuable educational choices and have proved popular with parents.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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