A Tentative Agreement to End the Teachers Strike Addresses Class Size, Pay, and More

But is it enough?

After a six-day strike (not including the day off for the MLK Day holiday), the L.A. teachers union announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District. The union is urging its members to vote yes when a vote takes place later today.

The highlights laid out in a summary on United Teachers Los Angeles’ website include:

  • A salary increase of 6 percent (3 percent retroactive for the 2017-18 school year, and an additional 3 percent retroactive to July 2018)
  • A modest reduction in class size over the next three school years (four fewer students total per classroom as of the 2021-22 school year)
  • At least 150 full-time nurses will be hired this school year and 150 nurses next school year, which amounts to a nurse in every school
  • At least 41 full-time librarians will be hired this school year and 41 next school year, which amounts to a librarian in every secondary school in the district
  • At least 17 full-time counselors will be hired by October

The agreement also addresses testing, green space, charter school caps, and other issues.

In a tweet, The Atlantic‘s Alia Wong shows a side-by-side comparison of what the district initially offered and what’s in the tentative agreement, which indicates the overall financial investment in schools increased dramatically.

On Twitter, in response to UTLA’s announcement, a number of teachers expressed dissatisfaction with the deal, not to mention the expectation that they read, process, and vote on the full proposal in a matter of just a few hours.

Teachers have to approve the agreement before the strike ends; it can be read in full here.

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