Nearly a year and a half after its last contract expired, the teachers union has reached an agreement with San Diego Unified that will limit their workloads.

Union leaders say it will prevent teachers from being overburdened with new responsibilities and push schools to plan for teacher time. Workload rules have been one of the most controversial questions for the school district during the protracted negotiations with teachers.

Principals have questioned whether the new rules would hamstring schools from making necessary changes in teachers’ duties at all. To address those worries, the union added a section saying that the rule “does not prohibit the District from implementing programs, initiatives or curricular reforms.”

You can read the full agreement here. Feel free to send me your comments and questions at

Clarification: The school district has not worked out a full contract with the teachers union. It has only settled the question of how to handle workloads.


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