Jim DeFrancia, a principal at Lowe and a local representative for the firm, said the claims are untrue.,Representatives from Unite Here Local 11 didn't answer numerous questions from The Aspen Times about their campaign against the ballot question, including how they were alerted to the local election.,Roxana Aslan, a research analyst for Local 11 and the designated representative listed with the city, did not answer questions about the union's social media campaign.,In an email response to the questions posed by The Aspen Times, Aslan restated the union's claims about Lowe Enterprises.,The Aspen City Council approved a public-private partnership with the developers of Lift One Lodge, a timeshare project that also is part of the ballot question.
Cole, 75, and four other members of Craftsmen for Kids — a group of 16 retired men from central Ohio who formed a nonprofit organization to make and donate wooden educational toys — then began carrying in dozens of their latest creations.,Soon, 36 children from low-income families in the Head Start program in Logan were happily playing with wooden barns, trucks, blocks and doll beds, among other items.,Chris DeLamatre, director of the Hocking Athens Perry Community Action Program, which runs Head Start programs in those three counties, shook her head in wonder as she watched the men unload boxes from their gray pickup.,The men of Craftsmen for Kids make toys for Head Start programs in 15 counties, as well as for a program at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville and several battered women’s shelters.,“It’s nice to have high-quality wooden toys, because at home, our kids see a lot of plastic toys or they’re on their tablets with screens,” said Gwynyth Chmara-Huff, a teacher in the Newark Head Start program.
Today, teachers are once again on the brink of a walkout, saying public education is in peril.If the strike takes place Monday, as planned, it would be the third in the five-decade history of United Teachers Los Angeles.The earlier strikes, in 1970 and 1989, brought turmoil to the school system and angst to the city as students languished at schools with light supervision, played hooky or demonstrated while union and district officials wrangled in court and in the media for the upper hand.,The threatened walkout could do the same.As in past strikes, the pay dispute is compounded by deeper battles over the stature of teachers and the funding of public education.The district has offered teachers a 6% raise spread over the first two years of a three-year contract.,The union wants an immediate 6.5% raise, retroactive to a year earlier.Teachers have rejected the districts limited offer to reduce class size and add more support staff and are demanding the reversal of years of cutbacks to fully staff schools.The unions rhetoric reflects a theme of teacher empowerment that has been at the center of the school districts labor struggles going back to 1970, when UTLA members were off the job for nearly five weeks.The lasting effects of the earlier strikes have been mixed.,The paymaster here is the state.He wondered whether a strike might undermine any effort to amend California tax law in ways that would allow LAUSD to move up from the bottom 10 places in the country in terms of school funding.The same question infused the previous strikes.In 1970, teachers won a 5% pay raise along with smaller classes and the creation of advisory councils on which they would share power with administrators gains hailed as a watershed at the time.We have turned the school administrative system upside down, and teachers for the first time have achieved a dignity for themselves because they now speak to administrators as equals, Don Baer, UTLAs then-executive director, said at the time.But others cried sellout because the walkout failed to wring new funds from Sacramento, where Gov. Ronald Reagan remained unsympathetic.We should have stayed out on strike until Gov. Reagan and the Legislature were forced to realize that education in California is a top-priority problem, said a disgruntled teacher quoted anonymously in the Los Angeles Times.The union victory was further compromised when a court found that California law did not authorize school districts to engage in collective bargaining and nullified the contract.But the strikes impact was felt years later, in 1975, when the Legislature approved the Rodda Act, establishing collective bargaining for teachers.That was my bill to protect the teachers and give them a voice and make sure the students that the teachers taught were listened to, so the winners of the strike have to be the students, said Bill Lambert, a UTLA co-founder.,Teachers in 1970 ignored a Superior Court order declaring their strike illegal, ultimately resulting in $12,000 in fines for the union and five of its officers.The union went to court in 1989 unsuccessfully seeking an order to prevent Britton from withholding pay from teachers who refused to turn in grades.In the current dispute, the district asked a court, also unsuccessfully, seeking to require special education teachers to continue working during a strike, and the union went to court over the strike start date.But Kerchner, the Claremont Graduate University historian, sees the background themes of past strikes as greatly magnified today because of changes in the city itself no longer a mecca for socially engaged corporate leadership and the emergence of charter schools.This is a strike about the soul of public education, Kerchner said, calling it a contest between two prophets preaching opposite visions.On the one hand, Caputo-Pearl has a very clear idea of what he thinks schools in Los Angeles should look like, community schools with wraparound services.Beutner, he said, has been manifestly unclear about his plan, but given who supported him making a safe haven for charter schools is much more in his wheelhouse.For Tokofsky, this debate pits an unrealistic idealist against an unseasoned ideologue with a lack of reality on both sides.There is a lot of anger here that feels different, Tokofsky said.Johnson also sees the current situation as fundamentally different from the 1989 strike he led.UTLA keeps saying publicly its not about the money, Johnson said in an interview.
In their first season in Indianapolis, head coach Frank Reich, left, and offensive coordinator and Jamestown native Nick Sirianni have guided the Colts into the playoffs.,Father Fran, a member of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, coached Southwestern High School from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s; brother Mike is the head coach at Washington & Jefferson College where he has compiled one of the best winning percentages in the NCAA; and brother Jay coached Southwestern to a pair of New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in 2008 and 2009.,Once the youngest Sirianni arrived at the University of Mount Union, he played for Larry Kehres, who guided the Purple Raiders to 11 national championships in his career.,Upon his graduation, Sirianni began his climb up the coaching ranks with stops at Mount Union, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Kansas Chiefs and the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, before joining Reich’s staff in Indianapolis last February.,“One of the reasons I’m in the position I’m in now is because of the successful coaches I’ve been around, starting with growing up in a coach’s house, learning how to coach with my brothers, and then, obviously, playing for the most successful coach in NCAA football history in Larry Kehres,” he told The Post-Journal last October.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Unified School District has filed papers in federal court seeking an order to prevent a strike by members of United Teachers Los Angeles who provide “special-education support and services to more than 60,000 students.”,“To protect more than 60,000 special-needs students, Los Angeles Unified is seeking approval to move forward with a complaint to prevent UTLA leadership and its members from engaging in a denial of services to special needs students during a strike,” General Counsel David Holmquist said in a statement.,“A strike would be detrimental to students with disabilities and their families, depriving the students of the special-education support and services they rely on each day.”,Such students are protected by federal and state special-education laws, and LAUSD is monitored under a modified federal consent decree for special education, according to the district.,District officials said they are seeking permission to move forward with a complaint in Los Angeles federal court to ensure that special-needs students do not lose access to services they need if UTLA moves forward with a planned Jan. 10 teacher walkout.