By Allison Jarrel
Well over 100 teachers and supporters sporting lime green “Settle Now!” stickers filled the Capistrano Unified School District board room Wednesday night, occupying many of the seats and lining the back wall during the brief, two-item meeting.
During public comment, two representatives from the Capistrano Unified Education Association spoke to the group’s reasons for attending the meeting, including shedding light on labor negotiations between CUSD and CUEA that have been ongoing since September.
CUEA president Sally White told the Board of Trustees that teachers are “tired of begging for a raise.”
“They have been worn out and worn down by constant changes to education that come from above,” White said. “Since 2007-2008, they’ve only seen 2 percent added to the salary schedule; that’s 0.25 percent a year.”
White noted that Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2016-2017 budget delivered good news this week in terms of increased education funding statewide.
“Please show them by your budgeting that they matter … that someone is noticing what they’ve been doing a shoestring for too many years,” White implored.
Negotiations between CEUA and CUSD are set to continue on Jan. 22.
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