At LAUSD, making a deal on teacher raises is easier said than done

Getting on the same page in the nation’s second-largest school district is not an easy thing.

As a teachers’ strike looms, teachers, parents and the Los Angeles Unified School District agree that L.A.’s public school teachers should be paid more. But that’s about where it ends. Getting there is where the wall is — just ask a board member who represents the San Fernando Valley, union officials and local parents.

On one hand, union leaders and backers argue, more money for teachers will ultimately translate into a financially healthier district. But, say district officials, outsized union demands are a prescription for bankruptcy.

Teachers affiliated with United Teachers Los Angeles overwhelmingly voted late last month to authorize their union leadership to call for a strike. More than 80 percent of 33,000 teachers voted in the election and 98 percent authorized a strike.

That wouldn’t happen until both sides complete state mediation and fact-finding, which could last weeks. The first mediation session is scheduled for Sept. 27. The union said contract talks, which began 18 months ago, reached an impasse this summer and the state Public Employee Relations Board agreed. Click here to read more: