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Negotiations at an Impasse, Alameda Teachers Call for Emergency Meeting

Late yesterday, Alameda Unified School District Superintendent’s Assistant Kerri Lonergan released a media statement announcing that the school district and the teachers’ union are officially at an impasse. The teachers’ union has called for all-teachers emergency meeting.

The media release from the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) says that the teachers’ union and the district are unable to agree on class size maximums for the 2012/13 school year. The state Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) has granted the school district’s request to officially declare the two parties at an impasse. The agency will now appoint a mediator to try to reach an agreement.

According to AUSD’s filing with PERB, the issues in dispute are class sizes for grades Kindergarten through 3, secondary class sizes for classes in which only one period is offered, whether teaching assistants are included in class size calculations at the secondary level, whether special education students receiving periodic instruction in general education classes are included in class size calculations and compensation for exceeding class sizes at the secondary level.

The district says that the latest school parcel tax, raising $84 million over 7 years, and which passed by a slim margin in March of this year, promised only that K-3 grade classes wouldn’t exceed a student-teacher ratio of 25:1.

The teachers’ union wants a ratio of 20:1 which would require more teachers for the same number of students in the district.

In August of this year, AUSD approved a four year contract for AUSD Superintendent Kirsten Vital that would see her compensation rise to as much as $236,000 per year.

The teachers’ union, on its Facebook page, has called for an emergency meeting for all teachers for Tuesday, November 29th at 4:00.

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