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Last week was a big one for local education news. First, the San Diego Unified school board voted to lay off one in every five teachers at the district. Then, the region’s top labor leader took the unusual step of publicly calling the teachers union back to the negotiating table to talk about giving up upcoming raises.

With all that swirling, school board member Richard Barrera stopped by to guest host VOSD Radio with me. Barrera is a self-described union guy who’s found himself at odds with the union over layoffs and the board’s request for teachers to give up pay increases.

We talked about his openness to take risks, whether he still defends the 2010 deal the board’s now trying to undo and whether this crisis give us a chance to forge a more universal reform of the school district. Listen here.

VOSD Radio also airs on FM News and Talk 95.7 and AM 600 KOGO on Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. Subscribe to the podcast here.

I’m the editor of VOSD. You can reach me at andrew.donohue@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0526.

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