The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) and its teachers` union have reached a tentative agreement after months of negotiations. The agreement, which is subject to ratification by both the district`s Board of Education and the union`s membership, aims to improve working conditions for teachers and provide better educational opportunities for students.
The tentative agreement includes several key provisions that address the concerns of both the district and the union. Among these provisions are salary increases for teachers, the reduction of class sizes, and the implementation of additional support services for students with special needs.
In terms of salary increases, teachers will receive a 3% raise retroactive to the start of the current school year, with an additional 1% increase scheduled for the next school year. The tentative agreement also includes a clause that provides for the automatic implementation of salary increases based on the state`s cost-of-living adjustments.
The reduction of class sizes has been a major point of contention between the district and the union. Under the tentative agreement, class sizes in kindergarten through third grade will be reduced to no more than 24 students, while classes in grades four through six will be reduced to no more than 28 students. The agreement also includes provisions for reducing class sizes in middle and high school, although the specific targets have not yet been determined.
Finally, the tentative agreement includes provisions for providing additional support services for students with special needs. These services will include additional classroom aides, counselors, and other support staff to help address the unique needs of these students.
Overall, the tentative agreement between the WCCUSD and its teachers` union represents a significant step forward in improving the quality of education in the district. The agreement addresses some of the most pressing concerns facing teachers and students alike, and it will help ensure that all students have the support they need to succeed. If ratified, the agreement will be in effect for the next three years, after which time it will be subject to renegotiation.