Outpouring of local, state, national and global support from parents, fellow educators, elected leaders and communities reaffirms strong support for public education
BURLINGAME – California Teachers Association President Eric C. Heins issued this statement in support of L.A.’s teachers after announcement of a tentative agreement between United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD):
“We congratulate the students and outstanding members and leaders of UTLA on the historic tentative agreement reached this morning with the LAUSD. The outpouring of support from parents, the public, elected leaders, fellow educators and union members from near and far, has been the force behind the courageous teachers who walked the picket line in the cold and rain for their students each day of this six-day strike. They walked to ensure each and every one of their students, regardless of ZIP code, can count on lower class sizes, nurses and counselors, charter school accountability, investment in neighborhood schools, and a stronger voice for educators and parents.
“UTLA’s fight has been all our fight. The strike put the national spotlight on the multiple challenges facing public education, and on the historical failure of society to provide educators with the resources needed to ensure their students get the best education possible. CTA is proud to be part of this historic moment and we look forward to continuing to support our UTLA members as they work within this new agreement to build a better future for all Los Angeles students.”