A Look Inside Fresno Unified’s ‘Historic’ Contract with Teachers

The Fresno Unified School District reached an agreement with the Fresno Teachers Association this week, narrowly avoiding a teachers’ strike that would have impacted 74,000 students.

Bigger Salaries

Fresno Unified teachers will receive an 8.5% raise this school year. In 2024-25, they’ll receive a 3% raise plus a 2.5% one-time bonus. In 2025-26, they’ll see their pay increase 4.5% with a 2.5% bonus. Overall, teachers will earn 21% more in the next three years — up from the district’s previous offer of 19%. 

Smaller Classes and SPED Caseloads 

Beginning in 2024-25, teacher-to-student ratios will be 8 students per teacher for pre-K; 12 students per teacher for TK; 23 students per teacher for K-3; 28 students per teacher for grades 4-6; 27 students per teacher for grades 7-8; and 28 high school students per teacher. 

The agreement also stipulates a reduction in caseloads for special education.

More Resources for Students 

Fresno Unified has agreed to invest more in Arts education and students’ emotional well-being. The two sides will also work to ensure there is a school nurse on every campus.

Read the contract here to see what else was included.