Reed v. State of California - Notice of Class Action Settlement

In a historic settlement, the Los Angeles Unified School District reached a settlement agreement with the Plaintiffs, United Teachers Los Angeles, and the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools in the matter of Reed v. State of California, et al., which was originally filed in 2010. 

 
The agreement is the result of a collaborative effort between the District, the attorneys (ACLU, Public Counsel, Morrison & Foerster) representing the Plaintiffs as well as UTLA, the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA who represents the Principals and other administrators of LAUSD), and PLAS.  As part of the settlement, LAUSD will provide critically needed administrative and teacher support to 37 of the District’s highly challenged schools (“Investment Schools”) with teacher turnover, student drop-out rates, and low API scores.  Specifically, the agreement calls for the implementation of a program for the 37 Investment Schools that will provide an extra Assistant Principal, and a PSA counselor, Psychiatric Social Worker or Secondary Counselor, mentor teachers, retention/recruitment incentive pay for Principals among other things.  This settlement also calls for layoff protection provisions.  It provides professional development “special training” of the teachers that will enable the District to use it as a skipping criteria under Cal. Education Code § 44955(d)(1) should there be a layoff in the next three years.  By providing greater administrative and teacher support, the agreement is designed to address teacher retention issues, promote stability and ultimately, student achievement. 
 
On April 22, 2014, the LAUSD Board of Education unanimously approved settlement agreement, and in July 2013, the agreement was approved by the Court. Notice of the Class Action Settlement can be found here.