SF schools chief to make final recommendations regarding teacher layoffs 

San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Carlos Garcia will make his final recommendation regarding teacher layoffs to the school board at Tuesday’s meeting.

On March 15, the district sent 701 layoff notices to staff members due to state budget cuts, the superintendent’s office said. The board has until Saturday to rescind some of those layoffs, and Garcia will recommend that half of them be retracted.

“This number is still too high,” Garcia said of the remaining 350 layoffs. “However, we have a $113 million deficit projected over the next two years, which may increase depending on the state’s final budget.”

The layoff issue is further complicated by the fact that the district still has not reached a contract with the United Educators of San Francisco teachers’ union, Garcia said.

Representatives from both groups finished a 17-hour bargaining session at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning without making much progress.

“This almost certainly means that the district will send out a far higher number of layoffs than if they had worked to resolve this issue at the bargaining table,” union president Dennis Kelly said in a statement.

Union leaders accused the district of posturing and arrogance, while the superintendent has said the union was aiming to weaken teacher evaluations.

The school board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Irving G. Breyer Board Meeting Room at the school district’s office at 555 Franklin St., San Francisco.

 

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