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LAUSD STRIKES DEAL WITH UNION TEACHERS WOULD GET 6% PAY RAISE.



Byline: NAUSH BOGHOSSIAN and PAUL CLINTON

Staff Writers

Averting a possible strike, the Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population.  and its teachers union reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract late Monday that gives teachers a 6 percent raise, sources said.

The raise for United Teachers Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  members is retroactive to July 1, according to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

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 those involved with the negotiations. An official announcement on the contract will take place today. The three-year deal also gives teachers the right to renegotiate salary provisions in the second and third years.

The district has also agreed to limit the number of students in high school classes to 42 and in middle school classes to 41, said Aaron Bruhnke, the UTLA's Harbor Area chairman and a social studies teacher at San Pedro High School San Pedro High School is a public high school located in the San Pedro section of Los Angeles, California.

The school is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The school celebrated their 100th Anniversary in 2003.
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"We made good on our promises of reducing the number of kids in a class and improving and personalizing instruction," Bruhnke said. "We see this as the beginning of our efforts to re-prioritize the district's budget to school sites and classrooms."

The 48,000-member union, helmed by pugnacious pug·na·cious  
adj.
Combative in nature; belligerent. See Synonyms at belligerent.



[From Latin pugn
 President A.J. Duffy, opened talks in May by asking for a 14-percent, one-year hike. The district countered in November with a 3 percent raise, retroactive to July 1, and $10 million to reduce class sizes in grades 4-12. Duffy responded with a threat to walk out over anything less than a 9 percent pay increase.

The contentious negotiations unfolded for the better part of a year, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's attempts to wrest wrest  
tr.v. wrest·ed, wrest·ing, wrests
1. To obtain by or as if by pulling with violent twisting movements: wrested the book out of his hands; wrested the islands from the settlers.
 control of the 720,000-student, 700-school district away from the school board hanging as the backdrop.

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