There is a big development in the ongoing contract negotiations between the San Diego Unified School District and it’s teachers.
The hundreds of teachers, nurses and other education professionals who were told they would be laid off could possibly have a second chance at keeping their jobs.
District spokesman Bernie Rhinerson confirmed discussions are currently underway. He would not have any comment until those discussions were concluded.
The news comes after a letter was posted Sunday night on the San Diego Education Associations Facebook page. In the letter, the SDEA confirmed the appointment of a union bargaining team. The letter called for unity among teachers.
“We as educators have to make difficult decisions to protect our contract, stop the layoffs and continue to provide a quality education for our students,” reads a portion of the Facebook letter. “In order to win, we must be unified. We ask that you stand with us as we work to achieve our goals”.
The letter is signed by seven people. Presumably, the group makes up the negotiating team for the union.
For now, the big question remains – what’s currently being negotiated?
Meanwhile, a group of teachers critical of union leadership maintains the district is overstating it’s budget problems. Union members will have a final vote on any proposed compromise.