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March 6, 2013

In agreement


How you doing?   Me, I’m great.  Oh by the way, I have the skinny on the tentative agreement that will be voted on by the teachers union next week.  The last day of voting will be on Thursday of next week, so hopefully we’ll have an idea if the membership was okay with this contract.

Here are the big things that are part of the contract:


  • A retroactive 2.5% raise for the 2012-2013 school year
  • In 2013-2014, a .75% raise AND a one -time raise of 1.25%
  • For 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, teachers will only be required to work 184 but will get paid for 185 days of work

Other stuff:

  • K-3 class sizes will stay fixed at 25:1 as long as Measure A is around, after Measure A sunsets class sizes will stay fixed until new negotiation.
  • Five AEA members and five district staff will work on a proposal for the Professional Learning Communities for possible pilot.
  • District will propose two sets of calendars for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years which AEA will vote on in April

Under the “Money!” category there is also a bit about the possibility of a raise for 2013-2014.  On or before January 31, 2014 the School Board will make the determination if there is enough money for a 1.75% raise if there is, then essentially there is a fully negotiated contract until November 2014.   If the School Board says that there isn’t enough money then the contract will be reopened and if no agreement is made by February 15, 2014 then the District will “agree” to impasse.

Given the information above I am super hopeful that  this will be something that the majority of the AEA membership can support.   Fingers crossed!


  1. Going by what you have here, it sounds like an O.K. deal. Not great, but given the times we are with, not terrible either. Maybe the “Money!” category could be solved by selling the old Island High site. Drove by there the other day & saw the site has been leveled, all the old portables gone. Surely they can find a developer that will want it, it’s a primo location.

    Comment by Kristen — March 6, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

  2. I forgot to point out that the document I have noted that the total raise offered is 4.5% which is the same that was requested in other negotiation sessions by AEA.

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 6, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

  3. 2. While the total offered may be 4.5%, it’s apparently not all guaranteed (as per your post). Still, I’m happy that the District found something more to offer the teachers, and I hope that the teachers realize it’s a pretty good deal, given the times we are in and what may be facing the District in court. Certainly, in my book the teachers’ contributions to our children is worth more, and I’d like the District to match what they paid (percentage wise) the superintendent and senior staff in bonuses and health care benefits this year. I’m still incredulous that they would reward the senior staff as they did and then cry ‘poor mouth’ when it came to negotiating with the teachers. Where does the rubber meet the road, anyway?

    Comment by Not. A. Alamedan — March 6, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

  4. And in other breaking news, the Court of Appeal just confirmed its earlier ruling in the Borikas case, so the AEA might want to jump on the deal they just made. Just saying.

    Comment by Oh the Irony! — March 6, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

  5. 4. well good thing Measure E failed so that we ended up putting Measure A in it’s place or we would be giving back the whole parcel tax. Maybe it’s a good thing Superintendent Vital took her first contractual pay increase during the E campaign, just in case that flat footed PR move was what it took to tip the scale against that campaign. Are you implying that the wise and all knowing administration has somehow agreed to an untenable deal without making provision for Measure H settlement? You are always ready to poke a stick in the eye of AEA, but have never to my observation had even one word of criticism for anything the administration has done, not even TIMING of the last administrative salary increase during the summer.

    3. IMHO I would prefer to see a little stronger leadership example with regard to setting an example for teachers of belt tightening, but as to the entire staff getting that increase, it’s good to understand that the five member cabinet is tied to the superintendent as a matter of structure, as whoever is supe gets to hire their own cabinet and so the whole group are tied together. At least this is how I understood it as explained by school board member. Previously, the superintendent inherited that staff when they were hired and it seems reasonable to me that a CEO should be able to make those hires. I think the justification has been that the over all dollar impact was not tremendous weighed against the over all budget, where as the disruption of letting supe walk would have been a liability. I also asked for an opinion on the economic justification of having in house counsel when few if any districts our size have that practice. I’m not sure I am knowledgeable to thoroughly vet the response I got, but justifications were made which I had to accept at face value, since I am not prepared to do the heavy lifting to sort that out. I would be curious to know the percentage of legal work done by in house lawyer on Robles Wong, Measure H, as well as personnel and the other usual legal questions faced by school administrations.

    It ain’t over til it’s over, but I have to raise an eyebrow to remarks of “dave” and others who predicted AEA choice of going to impasse would result in their having their asses handed to them. Despite all criticisms of AEA with which I agree, it seems the scrappy leadership can be somewhat vindicated.

    Speaking of criticisms of AEA, I did quick visit to the facebook page and was disappointed that to see links to Action Alameda linger there, also quote of MIke McMahon about the role of BOE not being to listen to public had been posted without any context and there was a slight feeding frenzy by offended teachers some of whom I know and whose teaching skills I respect. Quit being so knee jerk you guys! As Lauren posted here that statement was made as a bottom line contrasted to doing whatever a vocal public asks ( Trish) resulting in harm to the district. Poor choice of words or not, it was not like Romney’s 47% which itself took that statistic out of context but couldn’t be justified itself by any context.

    Comment by MI — March 7, 2013 @ 10:31 am

  6. I was annoyed at John Diaz fawning article about Michele Rhee a couple weeks ago in the Sunday Insight section of the chronicle because it was a puff piece and completely neglected any mention of the problems with the test results during Rhee’s tenure in D.C. being tainted by serious indications that administrators cheated by fudging results. I am seriously irked that he has stepped it up and is now apparently offering Insight section as a bully pulpit for Rhee’s propaganda without any balance like articles from groups like Network for Public Education

    So I ended up going to SF gate to submit a letter to the ed, but got waylaid reviewing articles from past issues from weekday issues. This article about Oakland strike is three years old, but many points are very relevant.

    Here is one quote: “Stress rises when teachers have no control. In her new book, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” educational historian Diane Ravitch recounts the story of how a sweeping, top-down authoritarian reform campaign in San Diego schools from 1998 to 2005 that forced curriculum changes without allowing teacher input triggered a wave of teachers reporting depression and anxiety at the local Kaiser Permanente clinic. When a new superintendent with a more collegial approach took over, clinic visits went down.”

    Read more:

    Glad the PLC with stipend went down in round one and in the contract that was ratified there will be a joint committee to negotiate implementation.

    Comment by M.I. — March 18, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

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