Running a big-city teachers’ union is a time-consuming job, and so is running for that job. Alex Caputo-Pearl, a candidate for the presidency of United Teachers Los Angeles, found he was having trouble juggling the time commitments of campaigning for office and teaching high school social studies. Something had to give.
So Caputo-Pearl took unpaid leave for the equivalent of 17 school days to campaign. He had his principal’s permission, but the district says the principal exceeded his authority and now Caputo-Pearl may face disciplinary action for unauthorized leave.
Superintendent John Deasy said the district should never have to pay a substitute for time spent campaigning.
“When your duties are done for which we pay you, campaign your hearts out,” Deasy said. “In the meantime, please teach.”