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Schools chief discourages Compton teacher protest

Compton Unified School District Superintendent Darin Brawley urges teachers in the district to reconsider a rumored protest that might adversely impact students and their families.

Brawley: ‘We ask our teachers to continue to work with us towards a contract we can all live with’

COMPTON (MNS) — The Compton Herald is in receipt of a letter sent by Compton Unified School District Superintendent Darin Brawley, Feb. 3, to teachers in the district, urging them to reconsider a rumored Compton teacher protest that might adversely impact students and their families.

In his letter, Brawley notes that the rumored action may correspond with ongoing collective bargaining negotiations between the District and the Compton Education Association.

Herewith is the correspondence from Brawley in its entirety:

Letter From Superintendent Darin Brawley to Our Teachers and Our Parents Feb. 3, 2016

We have learned that some of our teachers are considering an action later this week, which may disrupt our schools and our students. It is our understanding that this action is related to the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations between the District and Compton Education Association.

We respect the right of our teachers to express their concerns; however, on behalf of our students and their families, we ask our teachers to reconsider this action. Taking this action at this time would unfairly put our students in the middle of the negotiation process.

We are in the midst of a profound turnaround in Compton schools. Our students are doing much better: We’re graduating more seniors, we just opened an early college high school and our schools are winning prestigious national awards. Our teachers deserve much credit for these achievements. This is not the time to slow down or jeopardize our hard-earned gains, but to continue to work together to achieve excellence in our schools and programs.

We have been negotiating for a year with the teacher’s association to settle on a new collective bargaining agreement. The District has offered an ongoing salary increase of 2 percent as well as to increase the annual medical benefits cap for teachers by $1,000. This is in addition to the 5 percent on schedule salary increase the teachers received for the 2013-14 school year.

To put these offers into historical perspective, it is important to remember that unlike other school districts across the state, during the recent recession, Compton Unified School District employees never received a reduction in salaries nor were furlough days implemented.

We were fair to our employees during the difficult times of the recession and we are being fair now.

We have proposed what we believe to be a fair offer that maintains the fiscal integrity of the district while at the same time complying with the new school funding model’s requirements regarding the use of supplemental and concentration grant funds, which require school districts to provide additional services to students in order to spend that funding on raises.

We ask our teachers to continue to work with us towards a contract we can all live with. Please — don’t put our students and their families in the middle of these negotiations.

We want to assure our parents and community we will be doing everything we can to avoid losing valuable classroom time and we are also working to ensure our campuses continue to be the safest possible place for our students.

We look forward to continuing the negotiation process to reach a solution that provides services to students, compensates our employees, and maintains the fiscal solvency of the District.

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3 COMMENTS
  • Nancy February 24, 2016

    Many teachers in Compton are paying $700-800 a month for their medical benefits while Mr. Brawley is given over $20,000 a year for his medical benefits. Since he’s been superintendent he’s received two raises, but giving teachers a raise will cause the district to go bankrupt, according to Micah Ali. It is ridiculous the way the district treats its teachers.

  • Dylan Thomas February 6, 2016

    Mr. Brawley is only giving partial information regarding negotiations. The two percent is contingent on funding that if is no longer available takes away the increase. The five percent increase has also been taken away by the increase in healthcare. He also fails to mention an increase in teacher work day. So there goes the so called seven percent increase.

    He doesn’t want people to know the truth about what goes on in the schools. There are amazing teachers in CUSD. But administrators are not allowed to administrate due to his poor micromanaging. Keep suspension rates down. Allow students who have cursed teachers out, actually had physical fights to stay on campus. What sane school district does that?

    Bottom line is he doesn’t want protesting because truths will be revealed. He was quick to get his raises approved. He’s quick to divulge negotiations information, which I thought was illegal. He doesn’t deliver the message that CUSD was told they weren’t bargaining in good faith. He doesn’t tell about the criminal activity going on at schools that small children are being exposed to after his brainchild of putting 5 yr Olds with 14 yr Olds on the same campus. Oh let’s not forget the roach, rat infestations. He cares about students? Where’s the support staff like additional counselors and psych? This man is a joke. A poor example of superintendent. Leave it to Compton to bring a super on who was fired from his previous position.
    No folks, the reason the schools stay afloat is because of the teachers and staff who care. It’s time they were rightfully compensated.

    On a final note, if Mr. Brawley runs such a tight ship, why has their been a mass exodus of students to neighboring districts under his reign? Can’t blame the teachers. Many who were here previous to his arrival remain. So think again.

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