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Budget and Negotiations #6 | Schools and Communities First
Posted 2/28/20

The Board of Education of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) has been accused by the San Ramon Valley Education Association (SRVEA), our teachers union, of refusing to endorse the Schools and Communities First Initiative. This is a significant area of disagreement for SRVEA, and one of the issues on which they threaten to strike. 

 

When the Board votes to take action on any proposition, they are sending a message that they are aware of the possible intended and unintended consequences of a measure on students, schools and the SRVUSD community. The Board does not have that level of awareness at this time.

 

Here are the facts:

  • At their meeting on February 21, 2020, the Board of Education tabled a discussion considering the initiative until there is more information available. 

    • The Board will revisit their discussion when/if the initiative qualifies for the ballot and more information is known.  

  • According to the union’s Proposal, in order to resolve this year’s negotiations, the District must commit to spending money from the initiative beginning July 1, 2021.

  • The amount of revenue that SRVUSD might receive from the initiative is still uncertain.

  • If passed, the earliest the SRVUSD would receive revenue would be the 2022-23 school year.

    • Appeals or court challenges could postpone that date further.

  • In response, the District proposed that the parties return to the table to discuss how new revenues will be allocated when and if the initiative passes.

  • The County Office of Education will not approve the District’s budget if future revenues and a source of those revenues cannot be verified.

 

The Board and the SRVUSD continue to partner with our State legislators to emphasize the importance of adequate funding for public schools and are absolutely committed to advocating on this front until the State makes funding its public schools a financial priority.