SCUSD, SCTA reach tentative agreement that includes teacher collaborative time

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SCUSD and the Sacramento City Teachers Association have reached a tentative agreement on wages and compensation.

Pending union ratification and Board of Education approval at Thursday’s meeting, the tentative agreement provides a salary increase for SCTA members and gives teachers dedicated time every week to get together and develop plans to improve student achievement and outcomes.

“The addition of dedicated weekly collaborative time for teachers next fall has the potential to be a game-changer for improving the quality of teaching and learning in our schools,” said Superintendent José L. Banda.

To accommodate this collaborative time, schools will be adjusting bell schedules for the fall and releasing students about 48 minutes earlier on Thursdays. Students will stay in school about 12 minutes longer all other days.

Research shows that by providing dedicated time, teachers can strengthen their practice and improve student academic performance. These weekly planning sessions are vital to helping our schools maximize their full potential to teach and support students. Teachers will be better supported, too, and students will benefit from this collective approach to learning.

The details are still being worked out for each school. Over the summer, the district will be working with after-school program providers and the transportation department to ensure a seamless transition.

Please check back with your school for an exact bell schedule for the 2016-17 year.