Enough is Enough! Time to Rescind the Layoffs & Settle a Fair Contract
Just How Bad Is It?
The district now wants:
- 9 furlough days over the each the next two school years (4 more per year than previous demand) K-3 class sizes raised to 25
- disability coverage reduced from one year to 60 days
- 18 hours of Prop. A professional development for teachers (worth $720) and paras eliminated
- significant reduction of pay for day-to-day substitutes
That is on top of $36 millions in cuts they already asked for:
(including $5.2 million in permanent cuts)
- $18 million – ten non-school days (furloughs)
- $4 million – permanent eliminations of sabbaticals
- $2 million – permanent elimination of CORE substitutes
- $3 million – permanent elimination of AP prep periods
- $1.4 million – permanent elimination of Department Head prep periods
- $7.2 million – elimination of six Prop. A professional development days
And severe changes to the contract that have nothing to do with money:
- Radical Changes to Special Education: increases in class sizes, dismantling of teacher rights, expanding inclusive practices district-wide with no guarantee of resources or support.
- Massive Cuts to Early Education: Elimination of 27 school days costing teachers as much as $4,300 with unknown cost to paras, forcing early education teachers to administer oral medications.
- Elimination of AP Preps: AP teachers stripped of their ability to plan for teaching college level courses, damaging the most successful urban AP program in the state and disproportionately harming students who need the most help.
- Arbitrary & Unnecessary Layoff Notices Sent by the SFUSD: 500 notices sent to Pre-K & K-12 certificated staff & 138 notices sent to Pre-K & K-12 classified staff
All the while, the district has enough resources (over $80 million) to rehire all laid off staff, and fully fund the classroom without any cuts:
- $56 million in Unrestricted Reserves
- $6 million from the San Francisco Rainy Day Fund
- $11 million from a recent property sale
- $7 million in unexpected transportation funds from the state