Tracy Teachers Limit Workday

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(Tracy, CA)
Monday, March 14, 2005

The District and the union representing 800 teachers have hit a hang-up in contract negotiations. Because of the impasse, the union is telling teachers not to work beyond the number of hours stipulated in their current contract.  That could result in cutbacks of after-school activities. Tracy Educators Association President Ann Mooney says homework could be curtailed.  

"It's up to the individual teacher's judgment about whether or not homework is part of that seven-and-a-half hour workday that are said for."            

However Associate Superintendent Ray Strong says assigning and evaluating homework is not an option. 

"The District has a board policy. Teachers are required to continue to provide homework."

The union and the District are deadlocked over the size of a teacher salary and benefit hike. The district is offering a two-point-four percent increase. Teachers want three percent. The two sides acknowledge a strike is possible if mediation, scheduled to continue later this month, doesn't work.