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What is UTLA’s position on charter schools?

  • FACT: UTLA and its statewide and national affiliates have a consistent track record of opposing and fighting the existence and expansion of charter schools.
    • UTLA’s Proposed Charter School Policy states “UTLA does oppose the vast majority of charter management organizations and other charter entities, which represent an attack on our schools, our unions, our students and our communities.1
    • Current UTLA President Alex Caputo Pearl has demeaned charter schools and their teachers, saying “I don't see a lot of value in them.”2
    • In the last election, UTLA spent more than $541,000 to support the re-election of an LAUSD Board member who vigorously opposed charter schoolsand who voted to deny the renewal of ten Alliance schools4.  
    • UTLA routinely uses member dues to support legislation opposing charter schools5
  • FACT: UTLA has not been upfront with teachers about its own position on charter schools. 
    • On March 26, 2015, two weeks after UTLA launched their organizing campaign at Alliance schools, UTLA removed more than 25 links and pages on the UTLA website that reference the union's policies, practice and rhetoric opposing charter schools.  

[1] http://www.utla.net/

[2] http://www.latimes.com/opinion/la-oe-morrison-caputo-pearl-20140908-column.html#page=2

[3] http://laschoolreport.com/3-la-unified-board-incumbents-heading-into-may-runoffs

[4] For record of school board votes on charter schools, contact the LAUSD Board Secretariat by calling 213-241-7002 or e-mailing jefferson.crain@lausd.net

[5] Recent legislation includes AB 917, AB 401 and AB 1172