Email sent by SDEA to SDEA members on September 5th about the 36 student cap:
SECONDARY CLASS SIZE LIMIT OF 36 IS IN EFFECT!
The secondary class cap of 36 that SDEA members won in 2010 is now in effect! There is no “waiting period” before you can enforce your right. All secondary classes (except music, business, and physical education) should have no more than 36 students as of the first day of school. You can refer to this Memorandum of Understanding (see 9c) for the new class size limit. If any class or classes have more than 36 students, it’s a good idea for the AR and affected union member(s) to have a Step 1 informal grievance meeting with the principal. A good solution to such a grievance would be for the class size to promptly be reduced to 36. If you have questions, would like to talk through an upcoming grievance meeting, or if you had a Step 1 informal grievance meeting and the class size violation wasn’t resolved, please contact an SDEA Contract Specialist at 619-283-4411.
Email sent to UCHS staff on September 12th regarding SDEA’s email about the 36 student cap:
From: Olivero Jeff
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 9:19 AM
To: 0355A University City HS – All Staff
Subject: 36 Hard Cap Question
Please know that I am aware your have been sent information regarding the 36-1 class size cap agreement to be implemented this year by SDEA. On Thursday last week I contacted district officials to better understand where we were with respect to the cap question. Below is the response back:
The district has informed Bill Freeman and Tim Hill that the 36 student hard cap is not part of the current staffing ratio due to the June 2012 agreement. In March 2012 the district advised SDEA under Article 13 that all class sizes, including the 36 student hard cap, would be suspended due to budget issues. The district sought consultation on this issue, but SDEA declined to consult. As a result, the Board was then free to adopt the layoff resolution. That resolution was approved by the Administrative Law Judge and adopted as the Decision of the Board. In June 2012 the Board and SDEA agreed to restore the 2011-12 staffing. The 36 student hard cap was not part of that staffing and the Board has not reinstated it.
Just to be clear, I will implement whatever has been decided. At this time, there is no hard cap 36 rule. We are, however, operating off of the 180 number for teachers.
I send this out so that you all know what I have been told. -Jeff
Principal, University CityHigh School
6949 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, CA92112