Letter: Re: Re: Facts regarding YCUSD and YCTA

posted Mar 6, 2016, 10:16 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association

Well, once again it's obvious the Yuba City Unified School District Governing Board and the YCUSD's administrators aren't interested in the facts. They aren't even interested in a dialogue that comes close to the definition and spirit of bargaining. As a resident and taxpayer of Yuba City, I wanted the facts: plain and simple, so I did my own research.

The facts are easy to find. YCUSD is obligated to post a "Student Accountability Report Card." The report is not a spin from a consultant or any other organization. You can find it on the YCUSD website under "About YCUSD." The facts show — no doubt about it — teachers in Yuba City are facing larger classes with less pay than their fellow teachers in like districts.

The SARC Report clearly shows an increase in class size. A specific example for the year 2012-13 reported math classes in secondary school averaged 26 students, but in the 2014-15 year the average class size was 34. (page 13 of the report).

Additionally, in 2013-14, the average entry level teacher for YCUSD was $38,572. The average salary for entry level teachers in "like districts" was higher at $43,062. However, it is a very different scenario for administrators. Listed in the same report (page 15), for secondary schools the YCUSD principals average $145,080, whereas in "like districts" principals earn $123,865. It should be obvious to anyone why YCUSD is not attracting and retaining good teachers.

The district's budget over the last four years has increased by 42 percent. Sadly, YCUSD's recent proposal in negotiations would result in a decrease of the most senior teachers' salary by approximately $10,000. This is not the way to treat your most valuable employees.

In a recent article in the Appeal-Democrat, Superintendent Nancy Aaberg stated, "We believe the children of our community deserve as many opportunities and as much support as students in any school district." I agree, so negotiate and value the members of YCTA. It's a win-win for our students, community and district.

Curtis Neale Klein

Yuba City