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S.F. Unified, teachers union agree to 6% raise

Retroactive raises for teachers and paraeducators, more time for class preparation and dedicated substitutes assigned to specific schools are among the agreements reached over the weekend between San Francisco Unified and its teachers union.

According to the agreement, elementary teachers will have 195 minutes of preparation time per week. High school and middle school teachers will get one class period a day for preparation time, plus an additional 30 minutes per week.

Also, the district agreed to assign a full-time substitute teacher to certain schools. When no teachers are absent, the school’s administrator will assign the substitute other duties.

The agreement, hammered out by the district and United Educators of San Francisco, now heads to the board for final approval, likely in October.

“This agreement is an important investment in our educators and an important step for SFUSD to attract and retain talented professionals,” said SFUSD Superintendent Matt Wayne. “I want to thank our educators who continue to teach and nurture students every day in SFUSD schools and classrooms. We are committed to working with our labor partners to cultivate a vibrant education workforce and partnering on efforts to sustain these investments.”

“This agreement is one step in a series to ensure educators are able to stay in SFUSD. We are glad we could come to agreement in the fall on this year’s much-needed raise, as it will immediately impact UESF members and their families,” said union President Cassondra Curiel.

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