Statement of Ama Nyamekye, Executive Director of E4E L.A., On UTLA's Ratification of a New Contractual Agreement

December 16, 2011

"The new contract represents an important step forward in giving teachers an opportunity to have a voice on the issues affecting their careers and classrooms. The overwhelming support among teachers for this groundbreaking agreement demonstrates their desire to have a real say in the process of improving achievement for their students. We congratulate UTLA for moving swiftly to ratify the contract and encourage the Board of Education to follow suit and empower teachers to create classrooms of excellence. Our members hope this spirit of collaboration continues and that UTLA and LAUSD will get back to the negotiating table to finally agree on a meaningful teacher evaluation system."

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