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October 2020 | Issue #1 Dinuba's Journey: From Conflict to Cooperation Julia E. Koppich, Ph.D., J. Koppich & Associates Julia Koppich is a leading education policy researcher and has served as a consultant for numerous state and federal organizations. Introduction Dinuba Unified is a small rural school district in Tulare County. Its nearly 7,000 students (6,659) are primarily Hispanic (93.3%) and disproportionately socio-economically disadvantaged (83.6%). Nearly a third (33.8%) are English learners. Dinuba boasts a better than 90 percent graduation rate (92.3%), a tangible reflection of the district's guiding philosophy, "to end generational poverty through education." 1 Labor-management relations in Dinuba historically have been rocky, even toxic. This Spotlight chronicles Dinuba's labor-management transformation, its journey from conflict to cooperation. Data were collected through interviews with Superintendent Joe Hernandez and Dinuba Teachers Association President Gregory Garrison (March 11, 2020) and with CSEA chapter President Ana Hernandez (May 26, 2020). The Dinuba team's presentation at CA LMI virtual Summit (June 24, 2020) provided additional information. 2 Image: The Dinuba labor-management team presenting at CA LMI Sacramento / El Dorado Regional network convening, February 2020. Los Angeles Sacramento Dinuba DINUBA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT • County: Tulare • Locale Type: Rural • Union Representation: CTA, CSEA • 601 Employees: 329 Certificated 242 Classified 30 Administrators California Labor Management Initiative Each Spotlight will feature a researched story of transforming labor-management practices in one of the 150+ districts that have participated with CA LMI. CA LMI SPOTLIGHT | 1

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