|Selma USD teachers claim district owes thousands of dollars|
The Selma Unified Teachers Association has accused Selma USD of exceeding class-size maximums, with up to 50 students in one independent-study class at one time. The case stems from two educators each regularly having up to 47 students who were taking independent-study courses last school year; once, a teacher had 50 students, the teachers association alleges. In lieu of hiring another educator, the school district saves money by “placing students in overcrowded conditions that limit teachers' effectiveness,” the teachers' association claims. It's demanding over $25,000 in unpaid compensation for the teachers. Based on the collective bargaining contract in Selma Unified, the class-size cap is 32 students for middle and high school. The contract doesn't differentiate class maximums for independent study. If a class size will be over the max, the Selma contract instructs the district to obtain a waiver, saying the teacher agrees to have additional students. Depending on students' grade levels, there are formulas outlined in the contract to calculate the extra pay for the added work of having more students. The additional pay formula considers the number of students who are over the class-size maximum and the number of days the teacher had those extra students. One teacher submitted timesheets for $15,303 but was compensated $3,060, the teachers' association said, and the other teacher submitted $16,996 but was paid $3,399, leaving a difference of $25,839. An arbitration judge will soon settle the matter.