In his Facebook Live address Thursday morning, Caputo-Pearl stressed that the agreement “does not seek to replace hospital schools.” Disagreements over whether to give teachers the flexibility to set their own schedules and whether they should ask them to teach live video were significant sticking points that prevented the two sides from reaching an agreement before Wednesday, UTLA President-elect Cecily Myart-Cruz told EdSource. The district and United Teachers Los Angeles, the union that represents tens of thousands of district teachers, reached the agreement after several days of marathon negotiations, the union said Wednesday night. Superintendent Austin Beutner confirmed the deal Thursday in a joint statement with Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of the union. I don`t think the average person has any idea how long it takes to prepare for teaching and curriculum, let alone grading and all the other communications and work that takes place outside of teaching minutes. We often comment among ourselves that it is more difficult to be absent than present, because preparing for a replacement involves so much in writing that otherwise we would be dealing simply and routinely in class. Now we have to put everything in different forms and formats, different workflows, revised requirements and schedules, new delivery systems, updated instructions, modifications, revisions . If you don`t know how much work this involves, please give up negative assumptions and erroneous reviews. We have always worked beyond the minimum for our students and we will continue to do so. It is shameful that this article has spawned some unsensorous criticisms who have mocked us (most often anonymously) during a global health emergency.
I am one of those who still have to work outside the house every day. I work for an essential company. Every week on weekends, our teachers publish the tasks and calendar for the week. So I set up their work on Sunday evening during the day and organized it into a file during the day. Post-its to mark the pages they need for the week and add the conference call times for the week in Google Calendar so I can call them and remind them to join the calls. The union also secured what Caputo-Pearl called the “best deal in the United States” for substitute teachers. These parents are crazy when they think that we teachers can teach a whole day of school from home, with our own children and family, and with the limited resources we have outside of our classroom. The involvement of parents in the reopening process and the increase in the amount of live online learning were two of the main demands made by speak UP parents after being excluded from the side agreement negotiated by UTLA with LAUSD this spring. As a result of this earlier agreement, Speak UP`s parent survey showed that black, Latino, and low-income, English-learning, and special needs children received less live instruction and contact with teachers than white, more affluent children in general education classes. There are also benefits for students in the agreement which states that students from March 13 do not get any grades worse than their grade. Their grades can only improve the rest of the school year. This policy is in line with the requirements of the state.
The negotiation of these agreements was important to ensure clear safety procedures for all volunteers and to protect the right to refuse to participate without reprisals or to withdraw from it. In accordance with our agreement with the district, all personal services provided by UTLA members are strictly voluntary. However, here are 10 tips that significantly improve security and data protection when using Zoom. You can give Zoom a try while following these easy-to-provide security and privacy procedures. Under the agreement that expires on June 30, teachers have the flexibility to set their own working hours, while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. . . .