“People should be very alarmed,” said Chris Callopy, executive director of the Teachers Association of Long Beach, which represents some 3,700 employees.
The $58,000 raise comes as the district is facing the looming possibility of a 10% budget cut that would likely come with furloughs and layoffs.
At Alexander’s house in East Long Beach, he hosted a 25-hour long D&D-a-Thon just a few weeks before COVID-19 shut down the city’s schools.
“To see someone that looks like you, you start to think about that idea of a job or career. If you don’t see someone in front of you then it’s harder to imagine that.”
When Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state was facing a $53.4 billion budget deficit last week, it painted a bleak picture for the city of Long Beach, where public education is far and away the largest employment sector.
The COVID-19 shut down of campuses across the city is not the first time local teachers and students have had to come together to overcome extraordinary circumstances.
According to a district release, “The school district is working diligently to provide a memorable, virtual graduation celebration.”
Instead of usual 220 credits, students will only need the California minimum of 130 credits to get a high school diploma.
Over 1,000 people have signed a petition calling on the district to allow students the option to receive a grade.
The Long Beach Unified School District continues to distribute free breakfast and lunch to all Long Beach children aged 1-18, and it will add dinners starting on Monday.