Teachers union lashes out at LAUSD superintendent amid contract talks

KOREATOWN, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- As negotiations continue between teachers and the LAUSD administration under state mediation, the union lashed out at the district superintendent.

Teachers union representatives accused Superintendent Austin Beutner of promoting a privatization agenda and holding a series of meetings at expensive restaurants and exclusive clubs with charter-school advocates.

They found out about the meetings after threatening a lawsuit to obtain Beutner's public schedule. They questioned why he was holding the meetings during school hours and whether the district paid for the meals.

Teachers have been negotiating for a new contract for more than a year. A strike is still on the table and there are no signs the talks are going well.

The district did not have an immediate response to the UTLA press conference.
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