UTLA President Warren Fletcher met with Adult Education teachers this evening and spoke about the “Adult Education Proviso” in the Tentative Agreement (TA) between UTLA & LAUSD. He said the TA was reached around 3:30 PM today.
Mr. Fletcher stated that 63% of Adult Education teachers’ jobs would be saved in the union’s deal with the District, which is 830 out of the 1,309 teachers who have taught in Adult Education this year. [Julie Carson, of UTLA Adult Ed Committee, has clarified that 177 of the 830 are ROP positions – in other words, teachers teaching CTE at high schools; which leaves 653 actual Adult Ed positions.]
The entire Tentative Agreement will restore 4,149 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions for all of the District programs including K-12, says UTLA. In exchange:
“Employees would take from zero to 10 furlough days next year, depending on the outcome of the Governor’s education funding initiative on the November ballot. Initially, three furlough days will be scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week. Passage of the Governor’s initiative would unlock funds to eliminate or reduce furlough days.” via: TA Summary from UTLA.
The percentage of Adult Education teachers’ positions saved is lower than that of K-12 teachers. Teachers were told they could expect to see, sometime next week, Employee Numbers posted on LAUSD.net for those whose RIF notices have been rescinded.
The “Adult Education Proviso” is on page 5 of the TA, click here for the entire document.
Mr. Fletcher also confirmed the plan to consolidate the 30 existing adult schools into 10 schools. Matthew Kogan further explained that classes may continue at the other 20 sites and at satellites/branches throughout the community, but that there would only be 10 principals for the 10 consolidated schools.
Reference was also made to the fact that LAUSD has not been following the California Ed Code regarding tenure, which most Adult Education teachers qualify for if they have taught for two uninterrupted years with more than 18 hours a week.
Many teachers lined up to ask questions of the President, and other UTLA Officers present provided answers (including negotiator & VP Betty Forrester, VP Juan Ramirez & Secretary David Lyell) as did Matthew Kogan, UTLA Adult Ed Committee Chair and Ernest Kettenring UTLA Adult Ed Director.
UTLA membership will vote on the Tentative Agreement from June 13-15. The following is from a flyer posted on UTLA’s website: