Arbitrators rule in favor of teachers union in case against school district
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An arbitrator has ruled in favor of the teachers in its months-long dispute with the Clark County School District.
The Clark County Education Association had filed two complaints with a state government board, claiming that the school district did not bargain in good faith when negotiating 2011-13 teacher contracts.
According to the school district, a pay freeze was needed for 2011-13 in order to close a $63 million budget shortfall without layoffs.
The school district had warned that without the pay freeze, a thousand teachers could lose their jobs.
In a press release sent this morning after the decision, CCSD says it will now be forced to pay raises for teachers for 2011-12 as well as the 2012-13 school year.
The district will immediately begin to assess its budget to determine how many pink sips it will need to issue in order to present a balanced budget on May 16.
Superintendent Dwight D. Jones says he remains committed to ensuring that every student receives a quality education and is 'Ready by Exit.' “While this is certainly not the outcome we wanted, there are no winners here,” Jones said. “While some teachers will receive raises, other teachers will receive pink slips. That's not what's best for our students.”
The CCEA union proposal will go into effect retroactively July 1, 2011, the start of the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
Board of Trustees President Dr. Linda Young echoed Jones' pledge to keep teachers in the classroom, but warned that economic issues facing the District tomorrow are not solved by arbitration.
According to a statement released by the teachers union, the school district "did not need to demand concessions from teachers to balance its budget and that the school district has the ability to fulfill its purpose to provide an education to the students attending Clark County public schools."
The statement also claims that they learned that the school district has more than $70 million in its fund balance at the end of the fiscal year.
Both the school district and the teachers union will be holding press conferences later today to discuss what this will mean to teachers, students and the school district.
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