SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Almost 6,000 San Francisco San Francisco school teachers and paraprofessionals reached a tentative contract agreement with the San Francisco Unified School District on Thursday that will return laid off teachers to work and reduce furlough days. However, teachers won’t be getting a pay raise.
This marks the fifth year in a row SF teachers won’t be getting a raise, but Dennis Kelly, president of United Educators of San Francisco, said the district has agreed to cancel all but one-half day of furlough days, a win for both teachers and students.
“That means we’re almost going to get back to where we were in terms of student learning time before these cutbacks started,” Kelly said.
Tom Ruiz, the chief negotiator for the school district, praised teachers for working to make the best of a bad situation brought on by state budget cuts.
KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:
“The superintendant and the Board of Education appreciate all of the sacrifices that our employees have made to enable the school district to remain solvent,” Ruiz said.
Almost all of the teachers who were laid off will get their jobs back, but the agreement is predicated on voters approving a tax hike in November. If voters don’t approve the tax hike, school will be cut short by an entire week next summer.
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