Fresno Unified, Teachers Union Reach Swift Agreement on Pay and Class Sizes

There was something different about the most recent negotiations between Fresno Unified and its teachers union. Gone were the 18-month back and forths over what the Fresno Teachers Association (FTA) wanted vs. what the district could afford. There were no threats of a strike. Instead, with relative ease, the two sides reached an agreement that will give teachers a 3% ongoing salary increase plus a one-time 1.5% payment, according to the Fresno Bee. The district has also agreed to new caps on class sizes.

Per the Bee:

Beginning July 1, core classes in middle school will be capped at 28.

For the 2019-20 school year, a teacher who is over 33 students at the elementary level will get a choice of a $2,000 yearly stipend or a teacher’s aide.

At the secondary level, teachers in core classes with over 36 students have a choice of $500 or a teacher’s aide.

Superintendent Bob Nelson called the deal — and the process — revolutionary.

The biggest beneficiaries: the students.


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