On Black (Balloon) Tuesday, Teachers, LCUSD Deadlocked

The small army of La Cañada Unified School District’s teachers at Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, clad in their matching blue T-shirts and toting black balloons, signaled that no accord had been reached between the teachers’ association and the district.
The two sides, which are wrestling over teacher compensation, met for the 10th time Monday. Continue reading “On Black (Balloon) Tuesday, Teachers, LCUSD Deadlocked”

Adoption of New Math Textbooks Delayed

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board opted to delay adoption of new math textbooks for at least a week and maybe longer.
Reacting to concerns from several parents in attendance, and at least 93 others who signed an online petition, the district will delay adoption of Everyday Mathematics for kindergartners through 5th-graders until parents can learn more about the materials. Continue reading “Adoption of New Math Textbooks Delayed”

LCUSD, Teachers at an Impasse on Pay Increase

Both sides say they want the same thing, but after 80 hours spanning nine negotiation sessions through last week, no deal.
La Cañada Unified School District teachers say they want to be paid salaries that are in line, long-term, with comparable districts such as San Marino and Manhattan Beach.
The district’s top administrator says she and the Governing Board share that goal, identifying the retention of high-quality teachers as the top priority in the Local Control Accountability Plan that is part of the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. Continue reading “LCUSD, Teachers at an Impasse on Pay Increase”

Consultants Can’t Solve the Sagebrush Puzzle

It appears that not even an expert consulting firm could crack the more-than-half-century-old Sagebrush conundrum.
Last July, the La Cañada and Glendale Unified school districts, along with the city of La Cañada Flintridge, hired Capitol Advisors Group to help the parties — who divided the $15,000 price tag for the consultants’ services — explore all viable options for a mutually agreeable transfer of the 385 acres in the western edge of the city between districts. Continue reading “Consultants Can’t Solve the Sagebrush Puzzle”