Lee is waging a competitive, well-funded campaign despite failing to win the backing of the teachers union. As a result, teachers are putting money down to support their endorsed candidates.
Pay will rise 12% over 2 years. Teachers’ health care costs will fall, and elementary classes are now capped at 27 students.
Berkeley Unified faces a shortage of substitute teachers, after-school care providers, and special education aides.
Critics say the raise comes at the expenses of direct services to students, while proponents say the raise is barely enough to address the high cost of living in Berkeley.
The union president called the contract proposal a “huge win” for educators.
Monday was a tumultuous day for Berkeley Unified.
With the school district and union still struggling to reach a contract agreement, teachers stayed home to ramp up the pressure.
As the district recuperates from millions of dollars in budget cuts, officials are pondering three different ballot measures that would support the schools.