What is Sacramento City’s Unified Plan for Lost School Days

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Parents in the City of Sacramento Unified School District are still waiting to hear how their children will make up for school days this year after teachers and staff went on an eight-day strike earlier this year.

There are proposals on the table to start adding instruction minutes as early as May 5, but an agreement has not been finalized.

By law, the district must provide at least 180 days of instruction time. If he fails to do so, he faces serious financial penalties of up to millions of dollars. The Sacramento District has a 181-day school year, which means it must make up at least seven strike days to avoid being penalized about $47 million by the state.

The California Department of Education said it made it clear to the district that the waivers did not apply to strikes.

“All parties have also been advised by the CDE of the penalties associated with the loss of instructional days and loss of instructional time,” reads a statement from the state.

Any change to the district schedule must be negotiated with the unions as it will affect the work schedules of the employees.

The district and the Sacramento City Teachers Association last exchanged proposals on April 22 and 25, respectively. Both proposals plan to extend the remaining six Thursdays by 60 minutes, starting May 5.

The district and teachers’ union also plan to expand the June 16 minimum day to a regular school day.

But the SCTA says they haven’t heard from the district since April 25.

“Superintendent (Jorge) Aguilar and the school board have returned to the complete lack of urgency that stalled negotiations when we were on strike,” SCTA President David Fisher said. “We gave the district another proposal to address lost instruction time on April 25 and we are still awaiting a response.

“It’s almost like they want to be penalized $47 million.”

A district representative told The Sacramento Bee there was no update on the negotiations.

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Sawsan Morrar covers accountability and school culture for The Sacramento Bee. She grew up in Sacramento and is an alumnus of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, she was a freelancer for various publications, including The Washington Post, Vice, KQED and Capital Public Radio.

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