Chula Vista Teachers, District Battle Over Class Sizes
Negotiations between the Chula Vista Elementary School District and its teachers reached an impasse last week over the issue of classroom sizes.
The district has proposed increasing class sizes for grades 4 through 6 from a maximum of 31 students to an average of 31. The district says the change is necessary to offset the costs of rising pensions and special education. The teachers, who are getting a 2% raise, say it is unacceptable.
“There’s no way we’re going to finance a pay increase for ourselves on the backs of our kids,” Susan Skala, President of the Chula Vista Educators teachers union, told KQED. “We’re hoping that the district will come to their senses and bring us an offer we can bring back to our members.”
The district counters that it does not have funds on hand. It is already planning on some $7 million in cuts for next year’s budget. The teachers union points to $34 million in district reserves.
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