Sacramento teachers end strike, but questions loom about required instructional time

A negotiation between the Sacramento City Teachers Association and the Sacramento City Unified School District ended Sunday night with a new deal on salaries and healthcare coverage, but now officials are worried about how the seven-day standoff will impact the state-mandated 180 days of instruction for students.

From the Sacramento Bee:

By law, the district must provide at least 180 days of instructional time. If it doesn’t, it faces serious financial penalties that can run into the millions of dollars. The Sacramento district has a 181-day school year, meaning it has to make up for at least seven strike days to avoid sending money back to the state.

Sacramento Bee

According to officials, penalties for not meeting the 180-day instruction time requirement without a successful appeal to the state can be costly. A 2019 strike in Oakland, according to the Bee, cost the school district about $1 million per day while a week-long work stoppage in Los Angeles that same year yielded more than $15 million in total costs.

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