Teacher training among cuts in SFUSD-union deal 

Teacher recruitment and training funding is among casualties in the new deal between the teachers union and the San Francisco Unified School District that’s expected to save around $30 million during the next two school years.

The two sides have been grappling over a two-year contract while the district struggles with a two-year, $113 million deficit. After months of contentious talks, they finally struck a last-minute deal May 11.

The deal would cut down proposed budget-related layoffs from around 350 to less than 200.

Union members now have to ratify the agreement. They have been mailed ballots that are due Thursday at the latest, according to United Educators of San Francisco, a 6,000-member union.

Under the agreement, certificated teachers would lose a chunk of Proposition A funds. The proposition is a parcel tax passed in 2008 that was to be used to attract, retain and train teachers and other school personnel.

As part of the deal, funding for several programs that teach teachers would be slashed in half, and retention bonuses also would be halved.

The agreement includes four furlough days in both school years that would reduce union members’ pay. All -sabbatical leaves would be suspended in 2010-11, with some restored the following year.

The various contract reductions would be temporary, for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years only.

In 2012-13, "all Proposition A reductions and the work calendar year shall be restored to the pre-2010-2011 levels," the district said.

In return, the union, as part of the deal, would win various changes to the language in its contract that it says would improve working conditions.

Also, if the fiscal situation improves heading into the 2011-12 school year, the two sides would discuss restoring some of what the teachers lost.

Another $9 million of Prop. A funds will be saved from the fall semester of the 2008-09 school year.

The public will be able to hear more at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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