Measurable Outcome #3

Annual Measurable Outcome #3:

Expected Annual Measurable Outcome: Class size averages will be restored within Ed. Code (no waivers), based on negotiated contract.

Actual Measurable Outcomes: Class size averages will be restored within Ed Code based on negotiated contract.

Planned Action/Services: at page 43 Ensure effective learning conditions by reducing class sizes and providing adequate instructional days for students.

Actual Service: at page 43 Enhanced effective learning conditions by reducing class size and providing adequate instructional days for students. Fully implemented 180 days of school and decreased class sizes per negotiated agreement.

Estimated Actual Annual Expenditures: To Reduce Class Size

$3,949,600 Certificated Personnel Salaries Base

$  987,400  Certificated Personnel Salaries Supplemental

$4,937,000 Total

CUSD did not reduce class sizes in 2014-15 as documented in a letter from OCDE to the District dated April 16, 2015

 

The LCAP states that CUSD spent $4,937,000 to reduce class sizes in 2014 -15 which the District submitted to OCDE.

LCAP Annual Up-date June 24, 2015 Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda Item #5 page 45 of 73 page 36.43At the same time that OCDE stated in a letter to CUSD regarding the Public Disclosure of Collective Bargaining Agreement that class sizes were not reduced in 2013-14 or 2014-15, OCDE accepted an LCAP that stated class sizes were being reduced. 

Class Sizes were not reduced so where did this money go? The District hired a lot of new teachers in 2014-15 but they were all designated as "Pre-School" teachers. Was money that was earmarked for K-12 CSR used to hire Pre-School Teachers, or was it used for employee compensation increases? 

June 27, 2012 Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda Item #1 Public Disclosure of Collective Bargaining Agreement July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 page 7:

Number of teachers: 2155 

Average Compensation: $ 95,673

August 14, 2013 Board Meeting Agenda Item #2 Public Disclosure of Collective Bargaining Agreement July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2-14 page 8

Number of teachers: 2034

Average Compensation: $105,340

April 22, 2015 Board Meeting Agenda Item #4 Discussion/Action Exhibit 4 Page 24k

Number of teachers: 2093

Average Compensation: $108,392

Contractual Class Size Maximums:

Source: CUEA/CUSD Contract July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 page 20

Source: CUEA/CUSD Contract July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 page 20

MOU dated 6/12/12:

"Article 8.3 The Association proposes to increase class staffing ratios for regular classes by 1.5 students in grades K- 12 for the 2012-13 school year." 

In 2012- 13 Average Teacher Compensation increased from $95,673 per year to $105,340 per year. That compensation increase was paid for with a class size increase of 1.5 students across all grades and 3 instructional furlough days. When the MOU expired class sizes went back to 2011-12 levels.  

Summary of Contractual Class Sizes:

 

California’s new Local Control Funding Formula Law is providing financial incentives to reduce class sizes in grades 1- 3 to 24:1 and providing financial penalties for class sizes above stated maximums.

Source: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sd/dr/cefteachavgclssize.asp

The State of California has written the law to intentionally allow districts to use class size increases as a means of balancing its budget if they choose to negotiate such a contract. Financial incentives to encourage class size reduction rather then financial penalties for excessive class sizes is a policy change that puts students at a disadvantage at the collective bargaining table. When a District has Union elected Trustees and a District negotiation Team that is essentially co-workers with Union staff, that means there is no one sitting at the collective bargaining table negotiating on behalf of what is in the best interest of students and tax payers. 

Source: California Department of Education- LCFF Frequently asked questions - K-3 Grade Span Adjustment.

Source: http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/lcfffaq.asp