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San Diego teachers call for smaller class sizes, raised salaries

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Hundreds of educators and parents packed San Diego Unified's school board meeting Tuesday, demanding smaller class sizes, higher salaries and greater school resources. 

Armed with a petition the length of a football field which they presented to the school board, teachers said that nearly five thousand community members back their "Fight for 5" contract proposal, which outlines their demands as their current contract draws to a close this school year.

Last spring, the San Diego Education Association (SDEA) asked for a 10.25 percent pay increase over two years.

 San Diego Unified district officials are offering a 1.4 percent raise over the same amount of time.

"That is disgraceful... it is absolutely disgraceful!" one teacher stated during the meeting's open-comment session. 

School board president Kevin Beiser, a teacher himself in the South Bay, said  he's in support of the educators and their proposals to help students.

"Where we have to have conversations around is: to what extent are we able to find the funding from Sacramento in order to make those things a reality for our kids?" Beiser told CBS News 8, later adding, "Unfortunately, the state has still not restored funding from the most recent recession yet ."

With the statewide passage of Prop 30 though, which raises taxes to help fund California schools, these teachers are not buying that.

"Its very hard to believe that the district doesn't have the money to lower class sizes when they have the money to give the central office administrators double-digit raises," said SDEA president Lindsay Burningham.

The current contract for San Diego Unified's teachers expires on June 30. 
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