Bargaining Update July 14, 2017 SDEA members spoke loud and clear this past spring: Resources for students, including students with IEPs, is a major priority in our L.E.A.R.N.! bargaining campaign. In yesterday’s bargaining session, SDEA’s team made a strong initial proposal on Article 29: Special Education that would greatly increase such resources for our students with IEPs, and rights for special educators. Highlights of the proposal include: Establishing a true continuum of services for students Making special educator caseloads a hard cap Lowering Resource Specialists caseloads to 20, to match Education Specialists: Mild/Moderate caseloads Reducing Speech Language Pathologist caseloads Increasing special education staffing levels Additional prep time for special educators who co-teach Release time to conduct excessive initial and triennial assessments Article 29 Special Education SDEA Initial Proposal July 13 […]
Posted on Jul 14, 2017 | Read more
Bargaining Update June 22, 2017 For the third bargaining session in a row, the District’s bargaining team came to the table with no new initial proposals, despite having opened up 26 articles in our contract. SDEA’s team brought two. All the District brought to the table was the argument that SDEA’s L.E.A.R.N. proposals are too expensive, which apparently means they can’t bargain. The District failed to counter any of the eight proposals SDEA now actively has on the table. The teams had set aside 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. for a full day of bargaining today. Instead, bargaining began shortly after 9:30 and ended an hour later because the District was unable to respond to any of SDEA’s proposals. The only bright spot was the District officially withdrawing their destructive, […]
Posted on Jun 22, 2017 | Read more
Bargaining Update June 9, 2017 Today’s bargaining session was deja vu all over again. SDEA’s team came prepared to make three new initial proposals: Class Size, Safety and Shared Decision-making. SDUSD’s team brought no new proposals, and just one counterproposal that was limited to changing bargaining timelines. Class Size Lowering class size and caseloads is one of the five pillars of our L.E.A.R.N.! contract campaign! SDEA’s proposal includes: Changing the grades TK-3 site average of 24-to-1 to a hard cap of 24. Lowering the grades 4-6 class size from an average of 35 over 30 days to a hard cap of 30. Further lowering class size for elementary combo classes. Lowering the secondary class size from a hard cap of 36 to 32. Changing the PE class size from an […]
Posted on Jun 9, 2017 | Read more
Bargaining Update May 26, 2017 District Already Delaying at the Table Yesterday marked our third bargaining session, and the District is already beginning to drag their feet in bargaining. SDEA came prepared to make two proposals. The District came prepared to make none. The District showed up at 10:05 for our 9:30 bargaining session, and extended our one-hour working lunch to an hour and 50 minutes. What the District did have time for at the table was asking why in our Article 8: Hours proposal, SDEA’s team thought elementary teachers need 90 minutes of prep time each week (as opposed to the current 45-60 minutes). Apparently 90 minutes of prep in one week is excessive for elementary teachers, but top District administrators need more “prep time” than that in a single day—and […]
Posted on May 26, 2017 | Read more
Bargaining Update May 19, 2017 SDEA Proposes Overhaul of Transfer Process and a Major Expansion of Parental and Other Leaves SDUSD Proposes Gutting Our Transfer Article and Seniority Rights Today’s bargaining session highlighted a growing division between SDEA members and the District. Do we want a District where decisions are made together by educators, administrators, classified workers, parents, and all community stakeholders? Or do we want a District where decisions are top-down and management driven, with no one else having a voice or a seat at the table? SDEA members believe in the first vision, and advanced two key areas of our L.E.A.R.N.! campaign today to do exactly that. SDEA’s team proposed an entirely new transfer process that is fair and transparent, and a leave article that significantly expands parental […]
Posted on May 19, 2017 | Read more
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