I’m not sure whether tonight’s headline should be “Board approves 349 permanent layoff notices” or “District, teachers union reach ‘conceptual’ agreement.” Both are true, and equally newsworthy to readers of this blog.
I’m going to give a lot of credit to the leadership of UESF, who persevered and got to an agreement they could take back to their membership after many long and inconclusive hours at the negotiating table. This agreement, subject to ratification by the union membership in coming days, took shape just minutes before tonight’s Board meeting convened. I can’t give many details, but I can say that it keeps elementary class sizes at current levels through the 2010-11 school year. I can also say that earlier today, any agreement looked far away indeed. So kudos to the union leaders and to district staff, equally bleary-eyed after a very long and sometimes bitter negotiation. I truly hope the membership will agree that what UESF leadership will present is the best that could be wrought under the circumstances we find ourselves in.
Unfortunately, there will still be layoffs. Unlike almost any other urban district in California, we have not had to confront layoffs in recent years due to the City’s Rainy Day Fund. But that fund is now depleted, and it is unfortunately time to face what others across the state have been dealing with for at least the past 18 months, if not longer. First, let’s review the numbers:
- $113 million — the amount of the district’s projected budget shortfall through 2010-11;
- $3.6 billion — the shortfall between the estimated 2010-11 state revenues in the Governor’s January budget and the current estimate expected to be released in Friday’s May Revise (which could mean additional cuts);
- $18.1 million — the amount the school district received from the Rainy Day Fund in 2008-09
- $24.5 million — the amount the school district received from the Rainy Day Fund in 2009-10;
- $6 million — the amount the school district expects to receive from the Rainy Day Fund in 2010-11;
- 502 — number of FTE positions sent preliminary (“March 15″) layoff notices for 2010-11;
- 348.72 — number of FTE positions to be sent permanent (“May 15″) notices for 2010-11.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Rachel Norton: recapping an eventful day
This is an excerpt from a recent post on Board of Education member Rachel Norton's blog:
Labels: Budget cuts: SFUSD
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