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Tentative deal reached to end Los Angeles teachers strike

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A crowd of teachers roared its approval after a tentative deal was announced Tuesday between Los Angeles school officials and the union that will allow educators to return to classrooms after a six-day strike in the nation’s second-largest district.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, accompanied by leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District, announced the agreement at City Hall a few hours after a 21-hour bargaining session ended before dawn.

“I’m proud to announce that, pending approval by the teachers represented by UTLA and educational professionals and this Board of Education, we have an agreement that will allow our teachers to go back to work on their campuses tomorrow,” Garcetti said.

Union President Alex Caputo-Pearl said the 30,000 members would vote later Tuesday, and he expected approval. A union summary of the agreement called it “historic” and urged teachers to vote yes to ratify. Educators met with UTLA representatives to familiarize themselves with the details before casting ballots.

It wasn’t clear when the vote results would be known, but teachers were expected to be back at work on Wednesday.

The deal was broadly described by officials at the news conference as including a 6 percent pay hike and a commitment to reduce class sizes over four years.

Specifics provided later by the district and the union included the addition of more than 600 nursing positions over the next three school years. Additional counselors and librarians were also part of the increase in support staff.

Marianne O’Brien said the need for additional support staff was one of the main reasons she walked picket lines. “This is not just for teachers. It’s also for counselors, nurses, psychologists and social workers,” said O’Brien, who teaches 10th grade English.

The new contract also eliminates a longstanding clause that gave the district authority over class sizes, officials said. Grades 4 through 12 would be reduced by one student during each of the next two school years and two pupils in 2021-2022.

District Superintendent Austin Beutner said he was delighted the deal was reached. But he hinted that financial challenges remained.

“The issue has always been how do we pay for it?” Beutner said. “That issue does not go away now that we have a contract. We can’t solve 40 years of underinvestment in public education in just one week or just one contract.”

Under the tentative agreement, the district, the union and the mayor’s office will work jointly to “advocate for increasedcounty and state funding” for Los Angeles schools, according to the UTLA summary.

The Board of Education met in closed session on Tuesday and was expected to move quickly to ratify the deal, which would expire at the end of June 2022.

The deal came as teachers in Denver were finishing up a vote on whether to go on strike as soon as next Monday. The main sticking point is increasing base pay and lessening teachers’ reliance on one-time bonuses for having students with high test scores or working in a high-poverty school.

In Oakland, California, some teachers called in sick last week as part of an unofficial rally over their contract negotiations, which also hinge partly on a demand for smaller class sizes.

Thousands of boisterous educators, many wearing red, and their supporters gathered on the steps outside City Hall.

The crowd began cheering, blowing horns and chanting the initials of Caputo-Pearl as the smiling union leader emerged from the building and walked through the throng.

Joaquin Flores, a special education teacher, said he believed he would support the deal unless it weakened health care or didn’t go far enough to reduce class size.

“It’s almost like metaphoric,” Flores said. “The sun’s out. When we started, it was all rainy and cold. I feel like it’s a new day.”

Teacher Sharon Maloney said she was reluctant to support the deal without seeing the details. She was skeptical that the district had made enough concessions on class size, health care benefits for new teachers or that the superintendent would spend enough of about $2 billion in reserves.

“I suspect the motives of Beutner,” Maloney said. “If he doesn’t release some of that $2 billion and there’s no understanding for moving forward how he’s going to cut out this crap that we’re running at a deficit and yet our reserves are going up every year.”

Talks resumed Thursday at Garcetti’s urging. The mayor does not have authority over LAUSD, but he sought to help both sides reach an agreement after nearly two years of fruitless talks.

Clashes over pay, class sizes and support-staff levels in the district with 640,000 students led to its first strike in 30 years and prompted the staffing of classrooms with substitute teachers and administrators.

The district maintained that the union’s demands could bankrupt the school system, which is projecting a half-billion-dollar deficit this budget year and has billions obligated for pension payments and health coverage for retired teachers.

Teachers hoped to build on the “Red4Ed” movement that began last year in West Virginia and moved to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado and Washington state. It spread from conservative states with “right to work” laws that limit the ability to strike to the more liberal West Coast with strong unions.

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Associated Press writers John Antczak and John Rogers contributed to this report.

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Videos show conservative beaten on UC Berkeley campus. Please help identify the assaulter.

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Videos show conservative beaten on UC Berkeley campus Please help identify the assaulter

Being conservative on college campuses in America can be challenging. It seems that conservatism is more than just a challenge at UC Berkeley. It can be downright dangerous.

Editor’s Note: The videos released publicly do not show all of the events that transpired before the alleged assault. Just as we called for judgment to be held when the initial Covington Catholic School videos were released, so too do we believe we shouldn’t jump to absolute conclusions until law enforcement releases official information. With that said, yes, these videos are pretty darn compelling against the perpetrator.

Brad Devlin, former President of Berkeley College Republicans, posted a series of Tweets that seem to detail the events surrounding the alleged assault as well as video of the assault itself. There’s also an image of the alleged perpetrator. Calls have been made by officials and those associated with the victim to help identify him.

Videos show conservative beaten on UC Berkeley campus Please help identify the assaulter

If this turns out to be an accurate depiction of events, one can easily see this as a hate crime.

The unhinged nature of extremists leads to the level of hatred that gives us incidents like these. While they happen from both sides of the political aisle, it seems as if the left has been growing increasingly violent in recent months.

Differences in political opinion shouldn’t lead to violence.

This story is developing. We will update as more information comes in. Campus Reform is also covering this closely as the victim was closely associated with them.

VIDEO: Conservative suffers blow to the face at Berkeley

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11898In other footage obtained by Campus Reform, another person, also unidentified, approached the students, claiming they were “encouraging violence.” Williams told Campus Reform that as the physical confrontations took place, a number of onlookers simply watched.“Some students nearby tabling were laughing, even one guy was smiling while I was being attacked and trying to hand me his flyer as a joke,” the alleged victim said. “The idea is free speech has consequences…. which include you getting assaulted if they find you promoting ideas others don’t agree with.”A student who asked to remain anonymous and was at the scene after the alleged victim got punched said someone also tore apart their signs.“As I approached the table I could see our TPUSA pins all over the floor, our signs were torn apart, Hayden’s eye was red, and his nose was bleeding,” the student told Campus Reform.Dan Mogulof, assistant vice chancellor for the Office of Communications and Public Affairs for UC-Berkeley told Campus Reform that while he has not seen confirmation of the assault, he condemns the behavior.

How do you trigger certain college students? Just be a conservative on campus and you may get attacked. Share the image of this guy and help find him before he assaults someone else.

 


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Syracuse University: ‘Requiring students to agree in the superiority of the U.S. Constitution is exclusionary’

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Syracuse University Requiring students to agree in the superiority of the US Constitution is exclusi

Just when you thought the leftist mentality cultivated in America’s universities had reached peak lunacy, Syracuse decided to up the ante. Now, belief that the United States Constitution is the supreme governing document of the land, which it is, makes an organization like YAF unacceptable as an official campus group.

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I wish I could keep this short and sweet, but apparently many on the left in general and in our education system in particular need a more direct explanation of how things work in America (at least how they SHOULD work).

There are many privileges given to and exceptions made for foreign students studying in the United States. It’s understandable that these exceptions could be extended to groups, but the way Syracuse is handling the situation is completely illogical for three very basic reasons.

First, this is a group, not a requirement. If it’s Syracuse’s intention that every group on campus must be inclusive to every student on campus, then there’s no reason to have groups in the first place. Students who want to join YAF, whether they’re Americans or not, should be able to do so just as other groups that are even more “exclusionary” can be joined by pretty much anyone who wants to.

Second, the Constitution is factually the supreme document of the land. It’s ridiculous to say otherwise, especially when the entity saying it happens to offer courses in government, history, and political science.

Lastly, this is a farce. This has absolutely nothing to do with the Constitution and everything to do with a university bent on maintaining the progressive utopia they feel they’ve established. When students are forced to keep their conservative views to themselves and prevented from gathering as a group simply because of their beliefs, it’s no longer the type of educational environment that fosters actual thoughts.

Debate is good. Censorship is not. Syracuse apparently lost track of these facts.

As we’ve posted before, they aren’t worried necessarily about freedom of speech. They’re worried about freedom of thought. If students are allowed to think for themselves, some of them invariably will come to conclusions that run contrary to the groupthink American universities attempt to foster.

The left will continue to pull whatever stunts they think they can get away with in an effort to stifle conservative voices on campus. It’s time to call them out for their hypocrisy. Thank you Campus Reform and Emma Meshell for exposing Syracuse.

 


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George Washington University students triggered by their mascot

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George Washington University is the home of the Colonials. You know, those people who came to America from Europe and eventually fought against the oppressive government of England in order to win independence for America. These heroes of the American Revolution are now being condemned by the students of George Washington University itself.

While the movement and attached petition haven’t reached a tipping point, the idea of changing the mascot to the “Hippo” is gaining momentum. Why? Well, we’ll let the students themselves tell you what they think.

This video by Campus Reform takes us into the wacky world of triggered college students who are so much in opposition of the people who made this country possible that they’d rather be named after the “river horse” of sub-Saharan Africa.

 


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