San Francisco School District prepares for teacher
By Adam Martin, Bay City News Service
March 30, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO(BCN) - The San Francisco Unified School
District cannot expect to see any more state money to support
a pay raise for teachers.
State Superintendent Jack O'Connell today wrote in a letter to
Gwen Chan, the district's interim superintendent, " ... expenditure
reductions or additional revenues in excess of the state-wide
revenue growth projections would be required to balance the budget.''
United Educators of San Francisco, which represents the district's
teachers and paraprofessionals, has called for a 10 percent raise
over the 18-month contract period. The district has said it will
not agree to more than 7.5 percent.
Union members are scheduled to vote tonight on whether to approve
a strike if their demands are not met during the next two state-mediated
negotiating sessions. The sessions are scheduled for April 4 and
10. The union has said it will not strike before the end of the
last scheduled session, but that it will not schedule any more
District spokeswoman Lorna Ho said today that each percentage
point of salary represents a $2.7 million per year cost for the
If the union strikes, Ho said, "We (the district) will take
the necessary steps to keep the schools open,'' including bringing
in temporary teachers.
But Ho said a strike would put the district in "an awkward
Union president Dennis Kelly has said that the negotiations have
gone on long enough. "The district has taken every opportunity
to prolong these negotiations,'' he said in a March 16 news conference.
Union members are scheduled to meet from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
today, at Kezar Pavilion at 755 Stanyan St., San Francisco, Hardy
said. The result of the vote will be read at about 8:30 p.m.,
Ho said the district will issue its response to the outcome of
tonight's union meeting at about 9:30 p.m. at the district's headquarters
at 555 Franklin St.
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