Boston, Los Angeles Teachers Settle
Ruben, George, Monthly Labor Review
Boston, Los Angeles teachers settle In addition to providing for salary increases, settlements for public school teachers in Los Angeles, CA, and Boston, MA, gave teachers a larger role in determining school operating policies.
Under the Los Angeles accord, committees at each of the 600 schools will address budget, curriculum, and other matters. The committees will have 12 to 16 members--one half of them teachers and the other half, school administrators, parents of students, and, in some cases, students. The committee will decide by majority vote such issues as budgets, teaching methods and materials, and student discipline. There will also be one overall district committee, with the same makeup, to resolve impasses in the local committees.
The settlement for the 22,000 Los Angeles teachers was preceded by a 10-day work stoppage. The contract provided for an 8-percent salary increase in each of the 3 contract years, bringing the salary range to $29,529-$51,490 a year. It eliminated a requirement that elementary teachers supervise school playgrounds, but did not restore financial penalties that had been imposed on some teachers for refusing to perform these and other duties prior to the start of the work stoppage. …