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SFUSD & Teachers Union Announce Tentative Contract Agreement

Press Release

Agreement includes 12 Percent Raise Over Three Years

Nov. 24, 2014 (San Francisco, CA) – The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and the United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) announced today that they have reached a tentative agreement in contract talks, including a 12 percent raise over three years for teachers, paraprofessionals, and other educators represented by UESF.

This financial settlement is one of the largest recent tentative contracts for any urban school district in the State the California, and is one step towards helping teachers to afford to live in San Francisco.

“To ensure our students get the education they need to be successful, we must invest in the people who are charged with teaching and supporting them. We have ambitious and urgent goals for what we want every SFUSD graduate to be able to know and do,” said Superintendent Richard A. Carranza. “While it is a financial stretch for the school district given that state funding is still not even back to 2007 funding levels, we have thoroughly analyzed the numbers and feel this is a fiscally responsible and fair agreement.”

“We would like to thank the thousands of parents who supported us during these contract negotiations,” says UESF President Dennis Kelly, who pledged to continue working on issues of affordability in San Francisco. “This contract is just the first step in our ongoing advocacy for stable schools that meet the needs of all students, rooted by teachers who live in the communities we serve.”

The tentative agreement also provides additional compensation for teaching assistants, known as paraprofessionals, most of whom work directly with students with special needs. Paraprofessionals will receive the same 12 percent over three years. Additionally, more than 70% of SFUSD’s current para workforce, who have worked at least eight years in the district, will receive an additional step increment of 3 percent, bringing their three-year salary increase to 15 percent.

In addition to state revenues, the financial settlement is possible because of the support of San Francisco voters. The Quality Teacher and Education Act (QTEA), passed by voters in June 2008, will provide revenue to support 1.5 percent of the 12 percent raise to all UESF members. The intent of QTEA is to provide funds to support teacher salaries, professional development and resources for technology and innovation.

In addition to significant salary increases, the tentative agreement between the district and teachers union includes some other important changes to benefit students. These include:

  • A significant increase in elementary teacher preparation time that includes time for teachers to collaborate and develop personalized instruction for every student. Prep time for elementary school teachers within the work-day will go from 60 minutes per week to 150 minutes per week.
  • Additional hours for high school counselors to support students in meeting graduation requirements, graduating on time, and successfully transitioning into college or career.
  • Lowering class size goals for transitional kindergarten classrooms to 22 students per class.

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and the United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) have been in formal contract negotiations since February, 2014 and have been working with a state appointed mediator since July, 2014.

The SFUSD Board of Education will vote on the agreement at an upcoming meeting. San Francisco teachers will have the opportunity to vote on the tentative agreement by mail, with ballots due by December 11, 2014.


Page updated on 11/25/14