from LA Times reporter Howard Blume, starting at 5:05 PM - 31 Mar 2015
L.A. Unified has just filed its application for an extended reprieve from No Child Left behind. If successful,.
..the district will retain control over $57 million a year in federal anti-poverty funds. If not, these funds must be set aside for...
...private tutoring services & transportation from so-called "failing schools" to higher-rated campuses. The problem is...
The problem is that L.A Unified could not, apparently, get the teachers union to agree to a 3-tiered performance evaluation.
United Teachers L.A. has instead wanted to keep a 2-tier rating system: "meets standard performance” or “below standard performance.”
L.A. Unified says without the 3 tier system, fed rules say that control of funds will be lost, costing jobs & services to students.
Today's deadline is for filing with feds. It's not clear that funds would be lost right away if no agreement with union is reached.
At any rate, it is clear that L.A. Unified & teachers union were not able to reach an agreement today over teacher evaluations.
Regarding 3-tier teacher eval: "LAUSD understands that this is a requirement of the CORE Waiver and will continue to work with UTLA...
"...through the mediation and bargaining processes to include at least three levels of performance in the teacher evaluation system."
A key line from waiver extension request, which also includes districts in Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, San Francisco and Santa Ana...
Statement from teachers union: “UTLA is in continuing negotiations with the District and we see the CORE Waiver..."
"...as one of many issues to be addressed in bargaining.”