From the Seattle Times:
In an effort to show the public that state funding cuts hurt, Seattle Public Schools plans to shut down for one full day before school starts, and close school early on another day during the school year.
Principals have agreed to take Aug. 31 as a furlough day, and the district announced Wednesday that it has reached a tentative agreement with teachers and other school staff to do the same, plus a half-day later in the year.
The Aug. 31shutdown will be a few days before the school year starts on Sept. 7. It will affect training and other activities scheduled for that day. The district's enrollment office will be closed, too. Nearly all district staff will be gone, Harman said.
The other half-day will occur sometime in January or February, and the union hopes to hold some kind of joint district-union activity in Olympia.
Um, will anyone really notice?
In Seattle, Harman said, "we did not feel that, given the reductions we've already made over the last three years, that we could just simply ... backfill for this loss in state revenues."
If approved by the union's representative assembly, teachers will take 1 1/2 days of furlough in each of the next two school years, plus give up 5.5 hours of training. The district will make up the rest — roughly one-third of the total loss.
The district previously announced that all central office employees will take furloughs, too. Upper level management will take four days; others will take two.
It pretty much looks like the teachers get a wash as far as the raise for next year and the principals are absorbing 85% of the state's mandated 3% cut to their base salary. (I believe their contract would still allow them to receive any benefits beyond that including performance pay.)
(I didn't get a press release on this story nor on the story that upper level management taking 4 days furlough.)