Teachers have reached a tentative deal with the San Diego Unified School District after nearly two years at the bargaining table.
The agreement includes five furlough days the next two school years to preserve class sizes and protect services such as nursing and counseling. Also included are cuts in health care which will mean increased co-pays for members and other coverage changes. The teachers will also hvae language in the contract that guarantees to cancel the furlough days if the district's budget problems improve.
In a release issued Sunday, the San Diego Education Association called the agreement a "monumental victory for educators, students, and parents."
No schools will close, special education programs remain untouched but schools will add five furlough days for teachers under a plan approved by the San Diego Unified School Board last week.
Board members agreed to $63 million in potential cuts as a necessary step to try and balance a budget deficit of almost $88 million.
More than 232 probationary teachers would get laid off, according to the Union-Tribune. Other areas affected are the Old Town, Balboa Park and Camp Palomar programs and further consolidation or reduction of the district's central office.