This from the SFUSD press office:
May 11, 2010 (San Francisco) - “We had our third mediated session with the teachers union last night and left at 2:00 a.m. without an agreement. The teachers union is demanding we agree to no layoffs next year. Given the economic reality in California, there is no way we can do this. The teachers union has held their economic concessions contingent to other agreements that would weaken teacher evaluation. Given our commitment to holding all employees accountable, there is no way we can do this.
“Regardless of last night’s disappointing outcome, we are committed to minimizing our layoffs and saving as many of our valuable employees as possible. Tonight I am going to propose to the Board of Education that we take a risk and lower the number of layoffs even without an agreement with the union, and without final budget numbers from the State, because we can’t afford to lose any more of our talented staff than absolutely necessary.
“On March 15, we noticed 701 certificated staff due to the State budget cuts. Tonight we are recommending that we rescind the budget related certificated layoffs by half – which means issuing final notices to 350 certificated staff on May 15. This number of certificated layoffs is still too high; however, we have a $113 million deficit projected over the next two years, which may increase depending on the State’s final budget. I remain hopeful that we will still reach an agreement with our teachers union in the near future and be able rescind even more layoffs as soon as possible. “