The San Diego school district and its teachers union have reached a tentative deal that will save 1,372 teacher jobs but keep shortened school years and postpone scheduled across-the-board raises.
If a proposed statewide tax hike fails at the ballot this fall, the district will continue to put teachers on five-day unpaid furloughs and knock another two weeks off the school year. Also, the district is offering a deal to certain experienced teachers: retire in return for $25,000.
By postponing raises and extending unpaid days off, “the district can save enough to rescind about one-third of the layoffs. If the taxes pass in November, that would rescind an additional third,” our reporter Will Carless writes. “Most of the remaining 500 or so layoffs will be rescinded as teachers agree to take leaves of absence or retire. But, as long as the deal is approved, all of the laid-off teachers will be back in a classroom by Sept. 1, and San Diego Unified will continue to enjoy relatively low class sizes.”
Our 2011 story explains how the district got into this mess in the first place.
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