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SDUSD teachers pressure district for more special education resources

SDUSD teacher rally
Posted at 11:30 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 02:30:34-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - About 80 teachers and parents in the San Diego Unified School District marched to the office of Superintendent Cindy Marten on Monday afternoon.

They were seeking more funding and resources for the district's special education students.

Kisha Borden, president of the San Diego Education Association, the union that represents teachers and certified staff, claims that special education teachers at 20 schools are over their caseloads.

“That means teachers are working 10 to 12 hours a day trying to keep up with the paperwork, trying to keep up with the needs of those students,” said Borden. “At a certain point, our educators are saying enough is enough.”

A spokesperson for the district told 10News they are currently in contract negotiations with teachers. The spokesperson said they do have some vacancies in their special education departments but were trying to fill them.

At the rally, Borden announced the pressure they had been putting on the district was already starting to work. She said the district had decided to postpone a plan that would have further increased some special education instructors caseloads from 20 to 24 students.

Superintendent Marten did not approach the group of teachers who gathered at the district headquarters Monday night. Borden said they were now pushing for a community meeting with Marten to be scheduled in the near future.