SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A tentative agreement with the San Diego Unified School District that would save nearly 1,500 teaching jobs in exchange for deferred salary increases was ratified by San Diego Education Association members, the union announced Wednesday.
The Board of Education is scheduled to consider approving the contract at a special meeting on Thursday.
More than 4,500 ballots were cast at SDEA headquarters in Mission Valley over three days, with 67 percent voting in favor of the pact, according to a union statement.
The turnout was higher than for ratification of previous contracts, according to union officials, who said nearly 3,200 members voted for the deal in 2010 that included the raises that will now be held off until more funding is available.
The school district faced going into the next academic year with an estimated budget shortfall of around $120 million.
The school board issued layoff notices in March to around 1,500 teachers to save $68 million. The concessions, which include five furlough days, equal that amount.
Board of Education President John Lee Evans praised the outcome.
"As president I had insisted that we have an agreement that would responsibly balance the budget and protect our educational mission at the same time," he said. "This agreement does that."
SDEA officials said they would begin working with the district to implement the agreement and ensure that schools are fully staffed when the next academic year begins in September.
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