March 5, 2020

On March 5, 2020, the District and SDEA met for the third successor bargaining session.  SDEA passed a proposal on Article 15- Grievance Procedure. Building on the Call to Action for our students with disabilities presented at the February 11, 2020 Board meeting, the District presented a counterproposal addressing operational issues in Article 29- Special Education including:

  • Principals, general education teachers, and education specialists develop and organize instructional schedules to prioritize students with disabilities and maximize services when receiving Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) in the classroom.    
  • Compensation and/or release time for education specialists monitoring and assessing students in Non-Public Schools (NPS).
  • Simplify the caseload monitoring process to give sites flexibility when assigning students, while ensuring sites receive appropriate staffing allocations.
  • Ensuring 20:1 caseloads for Education Specialists: Mild/Moderate.
  • Collaboration time for co-planning for co-teachers.
  • Opportunities for feedback and discussion on distribution of workload.

The District’s Article 29 proposal can be found here. The District will provide responses to items with an associated cost in Article 29- Special Education after the Governor’s Budget May revise.  

SDEA presented a counter proposal on Article 29 similar to their proposal passed on February 6, 2020. 

On March 3, 2020, the District and SDEA exchanged counterproposals for the Memorandum of Understanding related to the impacts and effects of the implementation of Healthy Start Times/SB328 (see SDEA proposal heresee District proposal here). At successor bargaining today, SDEA passed a counterproposal related to the Healthy Start Times/SB328 MOU.  

The parties are set to bargain next on March 19, 2020.

February 6, 2020

The San Diego Unified District met with the San Diego Education Association for the second day of bargaining on Thursday, February 6, 2020. The parties began the day with a thorough discussion of the impacts and effects of the implementation of Healthy Start Times. The District proposed a Memorandum of Understanding.

SDEA passed a proposal on Article 29- Special Education. The parties spent the remainder of the day discussing support for the needs of educators; the District will present a counter proposal at the next bargaining session on March 5, 2020.

Update on Governor’s 2020-21 Budget Proposal

On January 28, 2020, the District provided an update to the public regarding the Governor’s proposed funding for K-12, click here to review this budget update. The update highlighted several specific concerns about the proposed budget, including a reduction to the cost of living adjustment (COLA). However, district staff also noted a clear alignment between the priorities of the school district and the Office of the Governor. For example, the district was pleased to note a shared commitment to equity and community-based schools.

January 23, 2020

San Diego Unified leaders and professional educators start contract talks

The San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego Education Association met for the first time on January 23, 2020, to begin bargaining a new contract; the current contract expires on June 30th of this year.

Summary of the January 23, 2020 bargaining session:

  • The parties established Ground Rules to keep the conversations productive.
  • SDEA passed a memorandum of understanding related to support for teachers who provide oversight to non-public schools. The District shared that we look forward to providing a response and discussing all Special Education related concerns after SDEA presents their Article 29: Special Education proposal at the next session so that the District can review all Special Education issues as a whole.
  • The District team affirmed that its goal for the current bargaining cycle is to project the progress we are making together far into the future. We want to work with our professional educators to ensure the values of excellence and equity take root across the District by looking to SDEA to raise the specific issues that are most needed. The District’s initial proposal pointed to several recent studies showing San Diego Unified students are making steady academic progress and pledged to work with educators to continue that progress. The links to initial proposals can be found here:

The Parties are scheduled to bargain next on February 6, 2020.