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Teachers, El Centro school district arguments heard

October 11, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

Three judges of the state's Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal listened to arguments by both sides of the California Teachers Association et al v. the governing board of El Centro Elementary School District et al in the last case they heard Wednesday.

The case revolves around an October 1997 contract settlement that set teachers' compensation from July 1996 until June 1999.

According to court materials, retroactive pay increases effective July 1, 1996, were available to teachers employed as of the date of ratification.

Though having ratified the contract, the CTA claimed teachers who worked through the 1996-97 school year should receive retroactive pay for that year despite not being employed by the district at the time of ratification.

The CTA contends the agreement violated section 45028 of the state education code because teachers with similar qualifications had been paid different salaries for that school year.

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The appellate judges pointed out that the district was not required to provide retroactive pay in the contract negotiations and that the decision was made after those former teachers had already rendered their services.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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