LA Teachers Union Says Schools Cannot Reopen Unless Police Are Defunded and Charter Schools Are Shut-Down

Message from LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
A major teachers union is claiming that the re-opening of schools in its district cannot occur without substantial policy provisions in place, including a “moratorium” on charter schools and defunding of police. The United Teachers Los Angeles, a 35,000-strong union, also demands the implementation of a federal Medicare-for-All program, several new state-level taxes on wealthy people, and a “federal bailout” of the school district. The Los Angeles and San Diego school districts announced they will not be reopening for in-person learning this Fall due to fear of the coronavirus. -GEG

A major teachers union is claiming that the re-opening of schools in its district cannot occur without several substantial policy provisions in place, including a “moratorium” on charter schools and the defunding of local police.

United Teachers Los Angeles, a 35,000-strong union in the Los Angeles Unified School District, made those demands in a policy paper it released this week. The organization called on local authorities to “keep school campuses closed when the semester begins on Aug. 18.”

The union outlined numerous major provisions it says will be necessary to reopen schools again, including sequestering students in small groups throughout the school day, providing students with masks and other forms of protective equipment, and re-designing school layouts in order to facilitate “social distancing.”

Yet the union goes even farther than those requests, calling for “local support” in the form of defunded police departments and the shuttering of charter schools.

Police violence “is a leading cause of death and trauma for Black people, and is a serious public health and moral issue,” the union writes. The document calls on authorities to “shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health.”

“Privately operated, publicly funded charter schools,” meanwhile, “drain resources from district schools,” the union states. The practice of “colocating” charter schools in existing structures, it continues, “adds students to campuses when we need to reduce the number of students to allow for physical distancing.”

The union also demands the implementation of a federal Medicare-for-All program, several new state-level taxes on wealthy people, and a “federal bailout” of the school district.

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Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
26 days ago

This is exactly why all teachers’ unions should be abolished. They have played a major role in the indoctrination of our children with hard left propaganda for many decades. Parents should sure their local school board if schools are not opened. There is no scientific evidence supporting the closing of schools.

Robert C
Robert C
26 days ago

I think the public should force the firing of all the teachers in LA.
The schools aren’t going to open anytime soon, and the schools have the time to hire teachers that want to teach instead of spending their time on the socialist agenda. The kids will get a better education at home, or expand the charter schools, they do a better job. I’m sure that is why this union wants to get rid of charter schools as they make the public education system look like what it is, worthless!

Douglas Heimark
Douglas Heimark
26 days ago

The teacher’s union is acting like a communist state. Why are they so afraid of charter schools? Are they so afraid of competition? I maintain that if they can’t compete then they should not be bailed out but go belly up just like any business, except for perhaps the banks! Public school is a misnomer. It should rightly be called the “Indoctrination Center”.

Lee Smith
Lee Smith
24 days ago

Just who does the union think they are to tell the state and the government what to do. They may have a lot of money to support them but it is time for all unions to be abolished. At one time they did a lot of good but now they are hurting the members with their stupid requests. Also they are hurting the children by demanding what they ar to be taught. Time to go unions.