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With a teacher strike on the loom of happening, the LAUSD is ready for the possibility.
The district has decided they will be filling the absent classrooms with non-union substitutes.
These substitutes will come at a large price for the LAUSD because these non-union subs will be making more than regular LAUSD subs.
The LAUSD has about 2,000 district employees, who have teaching credentials, assigned to work in specific schools already. But according to new reports, the district is eligible in bringing in up to 4,400 non-union contract substitutes to fill any holes there may be.
This LAUSD teacher strike, that could happen as early as Thursday, comes after two years of back and forth between the school district and teachers' union over a new contract.
These new contracts that have been under negotiations would have an affect on salary and class size.
Over 30,000 teachers are looking to strike and leave their classroom empties in the meantime.
The district is looking at substitutes from private agencies, such as Charter Substitute Teacher Network and Maxim Healthcare Services Inc.
On average a preschool substitute teacher makes a maximum of $167.12 daily in their first 35 days. The new contract subs that the LAUSD may be forced to bring in, could make up to $240 a day.
The teachers' union has spoken out on these claims and said they would be exploring legal options to protect their union substitute teachers.
The LAUSD, on the other hand, has promised to do whatever it takes to keep their schools running, even if the strike does move forward.
“We have hired substitutes, we have made plans as to alternate curriculums for days that there is a strike but our goal is to make sure schools are safe and open so kids continue to learn,” Austin Beutner said in December. “My concern first and foremost is the safety and well-being of our students.”
The LAUSD has not said specifically which role the 400 substitutes are going be distributed if need be.
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