SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom released the following statement on news that the parties have come to an agreement:
“I am glad that LAUSD and UTLA have come to an agreement, and I want to thank the thousands of dedicated teachers, parents and students who were powerfully demonstrating their passion for our public schools over the last 9 days. Increases in state funding are already translating into real progress for kids and classrooms, including investments in community schools. I look forward to working with the Legislature to provide flexibility for schools to hire more counselors and nurses and to better support our neediest kids, including those in special education.”
Just before the strike began, the Governor announced his state budget, which proposed making the largest-ever investment in K through 12 education. His budget proposed investing $6 billion in state funds to help school districts pay down pension debt and receive substantial new funding for special education and early education. The proposals will equate to $140 million in new funding for LAUSD alone and provided space for both parties to find common ground.