I was very proud this summer to announce a historic deal that cancelled the layoff of nearly 1,500 teachers. Last week I was pleased that we came to a tentative agreement with the principals for the same set of concessions.
All I had wanted throughout the past several months was for the San Diego Unified School District staff and the San Diego Education Association leaders and the administrators’ leaders to sit down to work together on a solution.
When we realized that Sacramento was not going to give us the funding to keep our schools operating on the same level, I knew that the only solution was for both sides to sit down and talk. Of course, that’s easier said than done. It took us several months to get there.