By Steve Weingarten, CFT Reporter
A Red-for-Ed wave rolled through down- town Los Angeles on December 15 as tens of thousands of members and supporters of United Teachers Los Angeles protested large class sizes, low pay, over-testing, a shortage of school nurses and other support staff, and the unregulated growth of charter schools.
UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl accused L.A. Unified’s pro-charter school board of “intentionally starving our schools while they are banking a historic budget surplus of nearly $2 billion.”
By Paula Munoz
Congratulations to our two AFT endorsed candidates Joshua Chancer, Area 1 and Gabriela Torres, Area 5. Josh easily won in Area 1 (41.96%) and it was a landslide win for Gabriela in Area 5 (62.52%).
By Bea Herrera and Jenny Redding
As fall tenure evaluations wrap up, faculty (the tenure candidate) must know his or her rights under the collective bargaining agreement. Noted in Article 11-Tenure Evaluation.
First, the tenure review committee process must have followed the steps outlined in Article 11. All tenure review committee members must have performed the evaluations and attend the meetings to go over the outcome of each observation as outlined in Article 11.
Last night was the Board of Trustees Meeting. The closed session began at 4:30; the public session started at 6 pm and went to 10:15 pm. Below are some highlights:
By Renee Fraser
One of the anomalies of the California Community College system is the arbitrary cap in California Ed Code that limits part-time faculty members to a .67 teaching load (10 units) in any one district. No other higher educational system in the country has such a limit.
A 60% limit was first established in the 1960s as an effort to prevent the over-use of adjunct labor and to protect tenured faculty positions. Obviously, this was an utter failure, as the number of contingent faculty workers expanded each decade, until now, when approximately half of all courses are taught by a part-time faculty majority. As a result of this limit, part-timers in the California Community College District must commute long distances to cobble together a full load of classes.
By Steve Hall
AFT Local 1828 and district negotiators have agreed on an academic calendar for 2019-2020. There are no major changes from last year’s calendar with Fall classes beginning on Monday, August 19, 2019 and Spring instruction beginning on Monday, January 6, 2020. Winter break will begin Wednesday, December 18 through Sunday, January 5. Spring break will fall the week before Easter, April 6 - 10, 2019. The number and arrangement of flex days will remain the same as the current academic year.
Dear P/T Colleagues...
Your Assignment Request Form (ARF) for Spring 2020 is due by Feb 15, 2019
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