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San Ramon teachers, school district reach tentative agreement

SAN RAMON (KRON) - Negotiations went on for over 13 hours between the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and its teachers. 

It even went into the night and it was well worth it because both agreed on most things and reached a tentative agreement. 

But this was the situation on Friday when it almost escalated to a strike as 98 percent of the teachers in the union voted to authorize a strike if need be, but it looks like that won't be necessary after yesterday's long negotiations. 

This is what the district and teachers agreed on: 

  • A 4.18 percent salary increase
  • School nurses working five more days and will get an annual 5 percent stipend of their annual base salary
  • Speech-language pathologists will also work 5 more days
  • Teachers will get more planning time and personal time off

While both are calling this tremendous progress, here's what they did not agree on: 

  • Lower class sizes
  • More nurses district-wide
  • Lower counseling ratios
  • Special education maximums
  • Reduction in 4th and 5th grades staffing ratio 29:1

The union says they were unable to reach an agreement because the district insisted on having authority to change all improvements discussed after three years. 

However, both sides say they look forward to returning back to the bargaining table to discuss the remaining issues not agreed upon. 

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