Thursday, September 22, 2011


-- Jason Song. LA Times |

September 21, 2011 |  6:45 pm - The Los Angeles school district has agreed to a contract extension with the union representing administrators.

The tentative agreement could run through the 2014 school year and must still be agreed to by the 2,200-member union and the Board of Education. The bargaining process began almost a year ago and a deal was reached about 9 p.m. Monday, said Judith Perez, president of Associated Administrators of Los Angeles.

The district sent out a news release announcing the deal Wednesday.

District officials and union leaders also reached a deal over a new pilot evaluation program. Several hundred teachers and administrators volunteered to take part in the program, which aims to change the way educators are judged by incorporating student test scores and more observations.

District leaders say they want to permanently implement the program next school year and that the current version was only experimental and would not affect a participant's career.

But union officials negotiated a deal to guarantee that participating administrators could drop out without consequences, voice concerns if they find the process too time-consuming and other protections, Perez said.

The teachers union also has been negotiating with the district over evaluations but has not reached a deal.

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