San Diego Reader
Only one month after Donna Frye, on behalf of Californians Aware, addressed the Sweetwater Union High School District board on potential Brown Act violations, the superintendent and trustees swept the meeting room clean of anyone who wished to address them.
At 6:00 p.m. on October 21, the parking lot at district headquarters had filled with teachers protesting the administration's recent offer on health benefits. While the district, earlier in the year, offered to pay 68 percent of the rate for all employees, three weeks after open enrollment, the district offered a formula that will result in a reduced percentage and hit teachers with families the hardest. At the same time, the district wants a three-year deal where class sizes (which was inflated during the recession) remain the same. No salary increases were offered.