San Diego Unified School District, teachers reach tentative deal that potentially averts strike

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A tentative deal was reached Wednesday between teachers and the San Diego Unified School District, according to the district’s School Board president.

SD Unified School Board President Kevin Beiser announced on Twitter that a tentative three-year pact was agreed upon at about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Beiser tweeted: "I'm thrilled that we have a tentative agreement with our teachers, nurses, and counselors to provide a quality education for all of our students"

The tentative agreement includes a two percent raise for the 2018-2019 school years. The raises are staggered with one percent to be paid in July of 2018 and one percent to be pain in February of 2019. 

In addition, the agreement awards SDEA employees a one-time, one percent off-schedule payment. 

The preliminary contract also includes three weeks of paid maternity leave for women in SDEA who have worked in the district for at least a year. 

Before the preliminary agreement becomes official, members of SDEA have to ratify the contract revisions and the San Diego school board must vote to approve the agreement. 

Teachers and the district were in negotiations since last June, when the last contract expired. Since then, SD Unified teachers have been working without a contract.

According to the San Diego Education Association, the teachers wanted the following in a new contract:

-- Lower Class Sizes
-- Enrichment Opportunities
-- Attracting/Retaining Educators
-- Resources for Students
-- No Destabilizing Cuts

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