San Jose's Evergreen School District Negotiations at Impasse
Teachers from San Jose’s Evergreen school district are rallying Thursday night before a school board meeting. They’re holding a mock funeral to signify what they’re calling the district’s “Death of Respect” for educators.
"We have been attempting to resolve our current contract negotiations," says Brian Wheatley, president of the Evergreen Teacher’s Association. "We’ve been at it for over a year. The district has declared impasse and we are now in mediation. And our concern is the district is continuing to attempt to dictate terms, rather than negotiate."
The Evergreen district, with about 13,000 students, is going through some of the same problems hurting schools around the state.
Teachers say they’ve gone for 6 years without a pay raise, and say now the district wants to make cuts to their health care package.
District officials say Evergreen has been deficit-spending at an unsustainable rate and needs to balance its budget.