CUSD Negotiations with Teachers Revealed

Furlough days and class-size increases are favored by both sides, according to a memo from the Capistrano Unified Education Association.

In a memo to teachers in the , the union has identified the where it differs with district officials on how to resolve the cash-strapped district’s financial troubles.

A gulf between the two sides’ proposals is whether teachers will take a pay cut. The Capistrano Unified Education Association doesn't propose that at all. The district only wants it if doesn't pass in November.

Both sides agree a large number of furlough days may be the answer.

Like all school districts in California, Capo must balance its budget for 2012-13 by the end of the month. District officials have said they which envisions a temporary tax hike on the November ballot failing.

According to the CUEA memo, here are the differences:

Budget Negotiations  CUSD Proposal  CUEA Proposal Class-size increases  Yes, by 2 students   Yes, by 1.5 students  Freeze in salary advancements  Yes, until Jan. 1, '13   Yes, until Jan. 1, '13 Salary cuts  No  No Furlough days  5  5, at end of year Additional Cuts if Taxes Fail

Furlough days

 8  10

Salary cuts

 Yes  No

According to the memo, the district and the union representatives have only met twice, May 25 and May 31. The next meeting is scheduled for June 11.

An increase of two students per class means cutting 91 teachers. . In addition, .

The district has , 6 at the district's headquarters, 33122 Valle Road in San Juan Capistrano.

OC Mom June 11, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Darby, BTW, other than executives can someone share what type of private sector job gives free medical and dental coverage? Those are the type of benefits reserved for politicians, executives and government employees. The rest of us "little people" have never gotten free benefits and in fact have seen the cost of them soar. We earn less in our paychecks because of high healthcare costs. My healthy family of 4 is paying $600 a month thru our employer for HMO and dental coverage. The copays have increased too! Welcome to reality. This is why we can't afford any further taxes. I guess if you're not paying $600 or more a month for healthcare then you would probably not mind another tax increase.
Yeparoo June 11, 2012 at 03:49 AM
@ Darby O'Gill - it seems as if the District leadership and the teachers union see eye to eye that salary reductions should consist of mostly furlough days. Assuming neither tax measure passes and all 13/15 furlough days are taken next school year, what will be the impact on the mission to educate? Also, do you know if CUSD will have any issues with the CA / OC Deptartments of Education for shortening the school year by that many days? Lastly, do you think the shorter school year will make it more difficult for students to be accepted into colleges?
LeAna Bui June 11, 2012 at 04:15 AM
The proposal is to cut the number of school days. There is no proposal to reduce or change curriculum standards which are driven by the state. Teachers will still be required to teach to the standards - they will now have to do it with fewer days.
Yeparoo June 11, 2012 at 05:00 AM
LeAna Bui - Interesting. Did the District say that was case in either the union negotiating points or at the Parent Forum? Could you point me to any official statement that says the same curriculum will be taught in 13/15 fewer days? And if it not too much trouble, when you say teach to the standards would you mind explaining that? , Are you referring to the standard testing? I don't know LeAna Bui, call me simple, but approximately 10% fewer instructional days and achieving the same results seems unwise to me. And if the same or better academic results are possible, then why bother to restore furlough days if more revenue materializes? Something doesn't make sense with the furlough days.
Capo mom June 11, 2012 at 03:02 PM
If parents decided to keep their kids out of school for three weeks, they'd be dealing with a truant officer. If the curriculum goals can be achieved in 165 days or less, why not reduce the school year to that-permanently. Contracts, calendar and budgets can reflect and enjoy the savings. Students and families would have a better ability to plan and control their time. It could be a win-win. I suspect however the union would strenuously object and not because they can't cover the curriculum in 165 days. They don't do a great job of covering it in the time we have now, even though there is plenty of time to watch Ironman over and over. Penny rightly suggests that the trend in successful education systems is for more time, not less. Forget the impact on students and families, think about what this crazy process does to teaching as a profession. We hear constantly about the need to keep salaries high to attract the "best" teachers. That is a charade. Starting salaries are not particularly high. The system effectively prohibits teachers from moving between districts. The only to earn a big paycheck is for years in the system. Earning a high salary has got nothing to do with being the best. The "best" are pre-sorted out by the instability that union pinkslipping creates The best won't even consider education craziness as a profession. If by chance they do, they're likely to be laid off so someone who likes to show Ironman repeatedly can keep their job.


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