LA teachers union rips into LAUSD offer for a 6 percent raise. It’s an ‘insult,’ officials say

LOS ANGELES — An angry teachers union has slammed the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education vote to offer its educators a 6 percent salary increase and reduce class sizes at 90 schools as part of its contract.

The new offer on Tuesday came two days before the district and union begin the formal mediation process.

In addition to the salary increase and reduction in class size at 15 middle and 75 elementary schools in communities with the highest needs, the district’s offer also includes additional pay to teachers for taking courses in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, dual language instruction, early literacy intervention and other areas that help teachers better support their students, according to Shannon Haber, district spokeswoman.The offer will also create what the district calls a “plain language” version of the labor contract to help students, families and communities have a voice in all of the issues the contract covers, Haber said.

“Today’s offer to L.A. Unified’s teachers shows our commitment to helping students most in need,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “Our offer creates a pathway for L.A. Unified and UTLA to avoid a strike that would hurt L.A.’s most vulnerable students and families.” Click here to read more: