The local teachers union will not back legislation allowing the cash-strapped San Diego Unified School District to delay a deadline for issuing layoff notices for the upcoming school year.
The San Diego Education Association appeared at a news conference Wednesday that was initially thought to be held in support of a proposal by local Assemblyman Marty Block.
District officials appeared and spoke in favor of the proposal – to create a June 16 deadline as a temporary extension.
However, union leader Bill Freeman stipulated the teachers would only support such a move if the district agreed to not issue any layoff notices for its members.
Standard procedure holds the SDUSD to a March 15 deadline to issue layoff notices.
The way it works now is the district provides the notice of potential layoffs based on a worst-case-scenario budget.
So, the district sends out more layoff notices than actually needed. More than 1300 layoff notices were issued in 2011 but more than 90 percent of those notices were rescinded once accurate budget data was available.
The proposal would extend that deadline to June 16.
The extension would only apply to San Diego Unified School District, for the 2011-2012 school year.