Saturday, October 1, 2016

NEWS RELEASE - San Diego Unified School District, Teachers, reach tentative agreement

San Diego Unified School District, Teachers, reach tentative agreement
Agreement ensures stability through the school year

The San Diego Unified School District and San Diego Education Association (SDEA) have reached a tentative agreement on wages and other issues, which will guarantee stability in the state's second largest school district through the school year. The agreement must still be ratified by SDEA membership and San Diego Unified's Board of Education, which officials believe will occur next month or early November.

"San Diego Unified students are enjoying unprecedented success thanks to rising graduation levels, test scores and an improving school climate," said Superintendent Cindy Marten. "There is no question that these things would simply not be happening without the vital partnership of our professional educators."

Under the tentative deal, teachers will receive a 3 percent pay increase retroactive to July 1 and a compounded 1 percent increase at the start of 2017. Other elements include:

* Teachers supervising students at after-school, school-sponsored dances, or athletic, drama, speech or band events will receive an hourly rate of pay of $29.50.
* Audiologists will be moved to the SLP (speech language pathologist) salary plan.
* The Early Childhood Education salary plan will be compacted from 23 steps to 17 steps.

Superintendent Marten said the agreement would also help the district continue progress for students by allowing local schools to attract and retain the most effective teachers. She thanked her bargaining team for their work throughout the seven rounds of negotiations that started during the last school year.

SDEA President Lindsay Burningham called the salary increase "fair and competitive." She said, "This salary increase will improve compensation for our members, while helping the district recruit and retain the best and brightest educators. We strongly believe this is a good agreement for all parties."

Contact: Andrew Sharp, 619-252-6848

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