Sacramento Public Teachers, District Work Plan for Missed Teaching Time – Good Day Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Sacramento Unified School District negotiating team met with the City of Sacramento Teachers’ Association on Friday to find an agreement that works for both parties that would decide how to make up for lost teaching time. due to an eight-day strike that ended in early April.

Why make up for missed days?

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From the first bell of the year to the last days of class, California schools are required to meet a minimum number of instructional days and minutes each year. The Department of Education requires 180 school days and specifies a minimum number of minutes of total instruction, varying by grade level.

Many school districts schedule extra days with things like teacher training days, just in case.

In March 2022, CBS13 investigative reporter Julie Watts broke down the ripple effects that are now offered as additional learning days added at the end of the school year.

SCUSD has proposed extra instructional days, extending reduced Thursday hours by an hour for six weeks, and requiring teachers to provide instruction and services to students on extended days in order to “recover pay. lost during the pandemic”.

The full proposal, which includes ten points of agreement, is on the table for consideration Friday afternoon.

According to a spokesperson for the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA), both parties agree that the agreement must compensate for any learning loss and must prevent any loss of public funds. However, the spokesperson told CBS13 that SCTA would not comment on the proposal as negotiations are ongoing. They want to ensure “free trade” at the negotiating table.

SCUSD Superintendent Jorge Agular

In his first interview with CBS13 since the strike ended, SCUSD Superintendent Jorge Aguilar said publicly sharing the district’s proposal now and during the strike was an opportunity to be transparent with the SCUSD community.

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He said the goal of the district’s proposal is to ensure students receive a quality education.

“It’s not ideal and I hope it’s the last time we have to deal with something like this,” Aguilar said on Friday, two hours before negotiations began.

He said he heard frustrations over a possible extension of the school year from parents, families and teachers.

“There is still a lot of tension and we should be open about it; we should talk about the tension that exists in our community. I feel it, I hear it in the communications I’ve had with many people,” Aguilar said.

“We absolutely want to honor all of our employees who would be providing instruction during these extra days that we have offered,” Aguilar said when asked why teachers would see strike days removed from their May pay, in under the current proposal, with the possibility of recovering it in June during additional teaching days.

“There’s a function here around payroll and how payroll works, and kind of how the calendar works,” Aguilar said.

According to SCUSD, between the potential fines and the budget outlook, there could be cuts to programs that “directly support and serve students.”

“We have done everything we have to examine both the long-term effects of our budget and to demonstrate the value of all of our employees. We see the effect. I’m not here to say ‘I told you this was going to happen’, but we also treat negative certification very seriously,” Aguilar said.

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Negotiations on the proposed memorandum of understanding continued Friday afternoon.

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