San Luis Coastal teachers and district prepare for Friday talks

Feb 19, 2015

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Teachers and district leaders are coming together Friday to hammer out differences over work load and salaries in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. 

Paul Orton, President of the San Luis Coastal Teachers Association, says one of the biggest improvements they hope to achieve is the addition of more prep time. 

"K through 3 teachers have no time set aside in the contract for them to work on lessons, and with this Common Core new curriculum it's an incredible amount of work load," said Orton.

He says another issue is regarding collaboration time, when teachers come together to discuss lesson plans for an hour on Monday mornings. He says the district wants to "control that time."

The district—which covers all of San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and Los Osos—and the teacher's association both say they hope to reach a settlement to avoid going into fact finding deliberations.

Teachers in the neighboring Five Cities district of Lucia Mar are also working to finish contract talks with a "fact finding" session scheduled on Feb 27.