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CUSD votes to increase Average TEacher Compensation and cut the number of instructional days

The CUSD Board of Trustees is voting tonight (August 14th, 2013) on a teachers contract that will close school three days in order to increase teacher compensation by $10,000 per year. Average teacher compensation for 183 days of work will increase by $10,000 from $195,000 per year to $105,000 per year. The contract specifies 2 Furlough days plus a "New" "Pupil Free Day (a furlough day for students - but teachers are paid not to teach)
- it is unclear from the documents if teachers will be required to go to work on the newly celebrated "PUPIL FREE DAY" (kind of sounds like "tax free day"), or if this will just be a paid day off.

The compensation increase will include the following:
- 1.2% salary restoration from the 2010 Teachers Strike.
- Step & Column Salary Increase -Full year (= to a 3% salary increase)
- 1.56% COLA (Salary Increase)
- The Elimination of 2 Instructional Fulrough Days (with corresponding Salary Increase)
- Eliminations of 3 non- instructional furlough day with corresponding salary increase.
- The addition of 3 paid days for teachers to learn "Common Core Standards"

The salary increase is about 9%.

Students are looking at increased class sizes
- no Open House
- increased class sizes
- and cuts to programs.
Congratuulations to the Teachers Union for helping to elect Trustees who are suppose to represent the studenst and the public- but choose to show solidarity with their employees who already have representation.
fact checker August 15, 2013 at 01:08 PM
This post is full of misinformation and is based on assumptions that are made on that misinformation. Teachers are being paid for teaching on reinstated furlough days. That is not a raise.
fact checker August 15, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Not every teacher receives a 3% step and column raise.
fact checker August 15, 2013 at 01:10 PM
The monies for Common Core Standards training is a one time grant from the state to be used only for that training. It is not a raise.
fact checker August 15, 2013 at 01:11 PM
The 3 reinstated pupil free days are required work days for teachers which have been on the calendar for decades. They are not a raise.
fact checker August 15, 2013 at 01:12 PM
The 1.2% is a restoration not a raise.
fact checker August 15, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Teachers will still make less than they did before the recent draconian cuts to school district budgets began 5 years ago. This is not a raise.
fact checker August 15, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Class size has decreased NOT increased.
fact checker August 15, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Which programs have been cut this year?
fact checker August 15, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Open House is an entirely different issue and has nothing to do with salary negotiations. Many parents agree that the time spent on Open House preparation during class time would be better spent on other instruction. This is not a raise.
fact checker August 15, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Editing check. I'm sure Dawn meant to say $95,000 Not $195,000. Or did she?
fact checker August 15, 2013 at 04:56 PM
The headline is incorrect. The number of furlough days for students has been decreased by 2 not increased by 3.
Dan August 15, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Dawn, you are about as disingenuous as they come.
Dawn Urbanek August 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM
disingenuous? It is disingenuous for CUSD to release statements to the press that are intended to mislead the public- Read the Districts Press release See: "Tentative Pact Increases School Days, Reduces Class Size" http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/news/view?d=x&id=1374484868707&group_id=1218998864154&return_url=1375811052490
Dawn Urbanek August 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM
"Tentative Pact Increases School Days, Reduces Class Size" _________________________________________________ What is a “Tentative Pact”? Wouldn’t it be clearer to say “Tentative Contract” or “Tentative Agreement”?
Dawn Urbanek August 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM
A tentative agreement developed by negotiators representing teachers and the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees increases the number of school days, implements a tiered reduction in class sizes, and mandates Common Core professional development, officials announced today." ---------------------------------------------------------------------- What the District Did Not Say Students will have 2 Furlough Days and 1 “Pupil Free Day”- 3 less days of school than their counterparts in the Saddleback School District who restored their school year to 180 days. The “Tiered Reduction in Class Sizes” is actually a newly negotiated increase in class sizes. (The 2012- 2013 Class Size increase of 1.5 students across all grades expired 6-30-13) There is no “mandate” for professional development days for common core for 2013- 2014. According to the California Department of Education – Common Core Standards Implementation cannot be done until 2014- 2015 when instructional materials will have been identified and adopted. http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/tl/index.asp
Dawn Urbanek August 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM
“The proposed contract would raise the number of school days to 177 and reduce class sizes." ----------------------------------------------------------------------- What the District Did Not Say: A full school year is 180 days. While Saddleback School District restored their school year to 180 days, CUSD will have 3 less days of school then their counterparts in Saddleback. (2 Furlough Days + 1 Pupil Free Day)
Dawn Urbanek August 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM
“The agreement acknowledges both parties’ interest in incrementally decreasing class sizes which were increased by an average of 1.5 students for the 2012-2013 school year. This proposal would decrease student-teacher ratios by .75 in grades K-3; by .5 in grades 4-5; and by .25 in secondary classes where more staffing flexibility exists.” ----------------------------------------------------------------------- What the District Did Not Say: The Class size increases expired June 30, 2013. Without new negotiations- class sizes would have decreased by 1.5 across all grades. The Tentative agreement includes newly negotiated Class Size increase of .25 in K- 3, .5 in grades 4- 5 and an increase of.75 in secondary classes where more staffing flexibility exists.
Dawn Urbanek August 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM
“In addition, the proposed mandatory Common Core professional development will be funded by money earmarked in the state budget for that purpose.” ----------------------------------------------------------------------- What the District Did Not Say: There is no State Mandate for Common Core Professional Training for the 2013- 2014 academic year. According to the California Department of Education – Common Core Standards Implementation cannot be done until 2014- 2015 when instructional materials will have been identified and adopted. http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/tl/index.asp This is not a “Mandate” rather a choice on the Part of CUSD to be an “early adopter” of Common Core.
Dawn Urbanek August 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM
“This proposal signals a significant shift in how we do business,” Superintendent Joseph M. Farley said. “With the cooperation of our teachers, we are now adding to the instruction and services we are able to provide to our students. This proposal does not get us back to an optimum level, but it is a tremendous step towards that goal.” ----------------------------------------------------------------------- What the District Did not Say: The words "Status Quo" were used in all of the District’s budget presentations". The last Budget Presentation to the Public called for “Status Quo”. Status Quo really means a "Two Pronged Approach to balancing the budget"- First taking "unilateral cuts" and then backing into negotiated concessions." Status Quo- protects employee compensation. There has been no change in the way CUSD is doing business.
Dawn Urbanek August 16, 2013 at 10:51 AM
“The proposal must be ratified by the members of the Capistrano Unified Education Association (CUEA) and approved by the CUSD Board of Trustees before it becomes official. It is scheduled to be voted on by teachers in the next two weeks and brought before the Board at its Aug. 14 meeting.” ---------------------------------------------------------------------- What the District did not Say: When is the Public going to have an opportunity to have their voice heard before the matter is brought before the board for a vote on August 14th?
Dawn Urbanek August 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM
“The tentative agreement follows mandatory restoration language triggered by increased funding from the state, which reinstates the 1.2 percent salary reduction and three non-student furlough days (and corresponding pay cuts) teachers have taken over the last three years. The agreement also includes three days of “mandatory” professional development to prepare teachers for the Common Core and two instructional furlough days with the corresponding salary decrease.” ----------------------------------------------------------------------- What the District Did Not Say: There has always been controversy over restoration language triggered by increased funding from the State during past negotiations. If you read the CUEA Bargaining up-date dated February 5, 2013: “With the news that there will be a minimum of a 1.65% increase to the base revenue limit, the language negotiated during the 2010 strike comes into play yet again. The contract states that, "Any increase in new funded base revenue limit would need to be indexed so that once the first $1,700,000 in new unrestricted funded base revenue limit is realized, CUEA would receive restoration equal to 60% of this amount." Given that the proposed increase to the base revenue limit would generate over the required amount per contract, the restoration language would kick in for the 2013-14 school year. Currently, the only remaining cuts from the 2010 strike are three non-student furlough days and a 1.2% cut to the salary schedule. Whether there will be restoration or not, will be determined once the state budget is finalized.” Question: If A Contract has expired by 22 days (June 30, 2013)- Does the Restoration Language still apply? Question: Was the Trigger actually met- the public is entitled to a finding of fact about this issue.
Dawn Urbanek August 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM
“This agreement adds instructional days to the calendar, reduces class sizes, and makes substantial progress towards restoring salaries to what they were four years ago,” CUEA President Vicki Soderberg said. “I hope that future budgets from Sacramento allow us to continue moving towards the day that furlough days, class size increases, and pay cuts are no longer constant threats to the quality education we provide to our students.” ----------------------------------------------------------------------- What the District Did not Say: • 1.2% salary restoration (Salary Increase) • Full Year Step and Column Step and column (3% salary increase) • Elimination of 2 student furlough days (with corresponding salary increases) • Elimination of 3 non-student furlough days (with corresponding salary increases) • Addition of 3 Common Core training days (with corresponding salary increase) 8 additional days of pay + 1.2% Salary Restoration and 3% Step and Column The Average Teachers compensation will go from $95,000 per year to $105,000 per year. CUSD children have three less days of school and increased class sizes to pay for these compensation increases. Students get three less days of school than their counterparts in Saddleback and increased class sizes. NO OPEN HOUSE this year- but the District does not disclose the issue of open house its “Additional Information on Tentative Agreement” dated July 31, 2013
Dawn Urbanek August 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM
OH yes- forgot the COLA a 1.56% salary increase
fact checker August 16, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Oh yes, and you also forgot that the facts do not back up your opinions.
fact checker August 16, 2013 at 01:07 PM
You refused to count furlough days as pay cuts in your diatribes over the last few months but now that they have been restored you count them as pay raises? What is your spin for doing that?
fact checker August 16, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Come on Dawn, stating the same misinformation again doesn't make it accurate.
fact checker August 16, 2013 at 01:09 PM
So, if SVUSD restored furlough days do you also count that as a raise for those teachers?
Teresa August 17, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Dawn...if you spent even a fraction of the time helping at risk kids as you do ranting online, you would actually make a difference in the lives of kids (you know the ones you say you care so much about). Your lies and opinions do nothing to help anyone. Get off the computer and do something meaningful with your time.

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