Alameda's public school teachers have voted to accept an agreement on class size and a calendar for the 2012-13 academic year, the Alameda Education Association and the Alameda Unified School District announced late Thursday afternoon.
The Board of Education is expected to ratify the agreement at its June 26 meeting.
The vote appears to settle, at least for now, two of the most contentious issues between the district and the AEA, the bargaining unit for AUSD teachers.
The agreement maintains maximum class sizes for kindergarten through third grade at the current level of 25 students but would allow the district to increase class size if state funding decreases, according to the AUSD press release. The AEA earlier had asked for a reduction in maximum class size.
It also finalizes a 2012-13 calendar (with Aug. 27, 2012 as the first day of school) and sets out a procedure for approving a 2013-14 calendar by Jan. 31. 2013.
The agreement gives teachers an additional paid work day for the 2012-13 school year, and gives teachers some say in the agenda for one of three paid days of professional development next school year, according to an AUSD press release.
The tentative agreement and attached calendars were not released Thursday but will be posted on the AUSD website at http://www.alameda.k12.ca.us/index.php/home/labor-negotiations, the district release said.
The agreement covers only what are called "reopeners," or issues that may be revisited during the term of an existing contract. It resolves one set of negotiations between the district and the teachers' group. Separate negotiations on a new contract will continue.