CUSD Superintendent Has Been Put On Notice

CUSD Superintendent Has Been Put On Notice

Calaveras Unified School District (CUSD) Superintendent Mark Campbell has been put on notice by the California Teacher’s Association.   The CTA’s legal department has sent a legal notice to Campbell, stating the district’s obligation to bargain in good faith class size reduction, with the Calaveras Unified Educators’ Association (CUEA).   Calaveras teachers are at impasse with the district over class size, specifically for transitional kindergarten to third grade.  CUEA President Lorraine Angel says the district has failed and refused to address class size as required by state law while accepting K-3 Grade monies from the state to reduce class size.  According to a press release from the Calaveras teacher’s, CUSD has received approximately $1.4 million over four years for class size limits and Angel says, teachers are concerned accepting these monies without class size reductions, will jeopardize those resources for students in the future.  The CTA’s letter also notes, CUSD’s own auditors have expressed doubts about the district’s claim to the monies based on an agreement with teachers.  CUEA proposed a class size limit of 24 students for transitional kindergarten to third grade, 30 students in grades four to six, and 180 student contacts per day in grades seven to 12. The district wants to keep class size averages at its current 30 to 1 for all grade levels. CUSD Superintendent Mark Campbell told KVGC they are in compliance. Angel also argues, CUSD cannot attract and keep high quality teachers because salary and benefits are not competitive with other districts.  Last year Calaveras Unified lost 14 teachers, not counting retirees.

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