CUSD begins search for replacement teachers

Mar 5, 2015 1:17 PM by News Staff

With hundreds of Chico teachers demanding better contracts and threatening to strike, the district has begun preparing for the worst-case scenario.

The Chico Unified School District placed an advertisement for substitute teachers in the Chico Enterprise-Record Wednesday.

The ad says that in the event of a strike, the district will be hiring k-12 replacements with a valid California credential or a BA degree. In the event of a strike, the district will pay teachers $280 a day.

The CUSD is currently at an impasse in contract negotiations with the Chico Unified Teachers Association. Both sides are going through mediation and fact finding in an effort to reach an agreement.

In addition to better working conditions and fewer top down management decisions regarding assessments, teachers are asking for their wages to reflect cost of living, a wage increase they haven't seen in the last seven years.

The district's Assistant Super Intendant Bob Feaster says the "best last offer" won't be presented until the end of the 60 day fact finding and mediation period, but both sides are preparing for a potential strike.


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