The San Diego Unified School District and the teachers union have reached a tentative agreement that would bring back more than 1,000 teachers and other educators, we reported.

It’s a deal with ramifications for schools across the city. We recently looked at how the layoffs would have impacted Central Elementary and Fay Elementary in City Heights. Will Carless has the details on the deal:

Negotiators for the San Diego Education Association, the local teachers union, agreed to put off a series of pay raises promised by the district two years ago, and also agreed to extend five unpaid furlough days for an additional two years.

Under the proposed plan, which must be still be ratified by a majority of union members, the school year could also shorten by two weeks next year if two new state tax measures fail in November’s general election.

The district is offering a one-time deal for San Diego Unified’s most experienced teachers: educators with more than 25 years of experience who are older than 55 will be offered a one-time payment of $25,000 if they choose to retire this year.

For more on the deal, Carless also laid out key points to take away from it and a member of the teachers union urged other members to ratify it in a letter.

You’re reading our roundup of news from Speak City Heights, a collaboration between KPBS, The AjA Project, Media Arts Center San Diego and us.

Here are the rest of this week’s stories:

• Thanks to a state grant, several canyons in the City Heights area will be connected with trails in a few years, reports City Heights Life.

• KPBS talks to a local immigration law expert and Rep. Brian Bilbray about the immigration policy change President Obama announced last week. Bilbray opposes the change.

• Local schools are providing free lunch to kids at dozens of locations this year, reports KPBS.

• Media Arts Center has video of a dance program in City Heights that helps young people better express themselves.

• Media Arts Center also talks with students at Crawford High School about what constitutes “safety” to them. Watch the video here.

• In this week’s Twitter news roundup: Impacts to welfare program in state budget deal and readers react to a story about an artist from City Heights and middle school suspensions.

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Dagny Salas is the web editor at Voice of San Diego. You can contact her directly at or 619.550.5669.

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Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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