Mediator to join school district vs. union battle 

With less than three weeks before final layoff notices must be sent to teachers and administrators, the San Francisco Unified School District is officially at an impasse with the union representing some 6,000 employees.

On Monday, the state Public Employment Relations Board agreed that the district and the United Educators of San Francisco require a neutral mediator to reach an agreement, according to a report on the blog site of Board of Education member Rachel Norton.

In her blog, Norton posted an e-mail that Superintendent Carlos Garcia sent to district employees explaining the ordeal.

In the e-mail, Garcia offers more numbers on how many layoffs he claims could be saved if UESF accepts the district’s latest proposal.

No matter what, however, there will be layoffs, Garcia said.

More than 900 preliminary layoff notices have been sent out — 700 are budget-related, the district said.

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