thumb_school_bus(1).jpgSan Francisco Unified School District officials Tuesday night announced a tentative agreement with the teachers union representatives that could reduce a portion of impending teacher layoffs.

In advance of a 6 p.m. Board of Education meeting, a conceptual agreement was reached between the district and the United Educators of San Francisco teachers’ union, according to a statement released by SFUSD officials.

“We are grateful to have arrived at this conceptual agreement and look forward to finalizing the details so that we can let more of our teachers know their jobs are secure,” Superintendent Carlos Garcia said in a statement.

Without an agreement ratified by both the school district and union membership by May 15, state law would require that final layoff notices be sent to approximately 350 certificated positions.

If Tuesday’s conceptual agreement is formally adopted, at least 150 of the layoff notices could be rescinded, according to the school district.

A statement from the teachers union was not immediately available.

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  • Harmon Youngblood

    You know, something that is not mentioned is the method that the district and the union use to decide who gets rescinded if teachers have the same hire date. It has nothing to do with evaluations, nothing to do with colleague or administration interviews, no students are spoken to. They simply take the names, put them in a box (I was told it was a hat, but I think there were using that for imagery) and choose the names of the people who stay. That is how our teachers are being chosen. The union and the district should be ashamed of themselves for not taking this opportunity to be holistic about who stays to teach our children, and who goes. The way I know about this hat/box process is because I was a victim of it. I understand that they are simply trying to be equal, but we are not longshoremen or construction workers, we are teachers and our job, and who gets it is an important decision. The fact that these people have chosen such a random way to choose such an important position shows a lack of creativity and lack of knowledge about what it takes to be in a classroom. It’s time for change on all levels of the education system in our city.