According to Los Angeles Teachers Union President Cecily Myart-Cruz, on Friday night 91% of union members voted to stay out of classrooms until the union’s demands are met. In total, 24,850 UTLA members voted, she said.
“It’s powerful,” Myart-Cruz said. “UTLA members voted overwhelmingly to resist a premature and dangerous physical return of school sites.”
Deadline learns that the supervisory board for the neighboring Anaheim Union school district has also voted against going back to school. This vote took place Thursday evening.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $ 6.6 billion legislative package earlier Friday that urges schools to resume in-person teaching for students up to grade two by April 1 and is providing funds to help recover learning lost during the Covid-19 pandemic, perhaps by extending the school year.
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The bill creates a $ 2 billion incentive pool, with money distributed to schools that reopen campuses for pre-kindergarten through grade two students, as well as students of all ages who have high needs. The money will be used to improve safety, such as ventilation systems and protective equipment.
The proposal does not order schools to reopen, but those that do not do so by April 1 will lose 1% of their share of the funds for each day they miss the fidgetcube.
LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner previously set a mid-April target for elementary schools to reopen for in-person instruction, but UTLA did not agree to that date, which he said is subject to negotiation. collective. That means Friday’s vote will likely cost Los Angeles some of the $ 6.6 billion in incentive.
The union is demanding that all teachers and school staff be vaccinated before resuming in-person teaching. He also doesn’t want campuses to reopen until Los Angeles County leaves the “purple” level. Union officials say while the county-wide transmission rate has fallen below the 25 per 100,000 population threshold, many neighborhoods served by LAUSD are low-income and have rates three times higher than better-off communities. .
UTLA members approved a statement opposing the reopening of campuses, saying in-person teaching cannot resume until the county is in the “red” level; all school staff who return to work in person “are fully immunized or have access to a full immunization”; and safety measures are in place in schools, such as protective gear, social distancing, ventilation and “a cleaning regime”.
The red level request may be theoretical, anyway. Numbers in LA County are expected to hit the red level next Tuesday. They then only need to stay there for three consecutive weeks to qualify LA for the reopening benefits associated with the level. That could put LA in the red – so to speak – by the end of March, in time to reach Buetner’s reopening screening.
UTLA’s announcement comes about two days after organizers of a governor’s recall effort announced they had collected 1.9 million of the 2 million signatures they believe they need to secure a vote of confidence in the governor’s performance.
Newsom moved quickly this week to ease Covid-19’s long-standing restrictions on schools, businesses and even its long-standing bugaboo theme parks on Friday.