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L.A. Teachers on What Was Won—And Which Battles Are Next

L.A. Teachers on What Was Won—And Which Battles Are Next

Julianne Tveten

Following a six-day teachers’ strike over inadequate public-school funding, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) reached a tentative agreement Tuesday. While tallies haven’t yet been released, UTLA has confirmed that teachers voted in favor of the contract and, as of Wednesday, have returned to their classrooms.

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Charter schools are to McDonald’s as community schools are to locally owned restaurants serving locally grown (hopefully organic) food. The former seek market penetration where the profits (in their case strictly money) flow away from the community into the hands of plutocrats. The latter model produces profits (in the form of quality of sustainable life along with monies associated with same) that remain largely within the community. Perhaps I shall have to add “localist” to my autobiographical adjectives.

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This is called throwing the dog a bone. What it does when reported on as some great victory is ensure all one gets in future strikes is bones which are also deemed great victories. It how the 1 percent ensures and entrenches its power while continuing to advance its agenda.

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This was merely one battle won in one city, and is not the end of the war. Privatization is in full bloom and charter schools are rising as fast as others go down. Look what DeVos (and Walker) did to her state and she has plenty of backing to continue gutting public education and unions. Higher education is under attack as fiercely as public schools.