“Fighting an unfair firing can be a lengthy process,” said Tina
Solórzano Fletcher of San Diego’s AFT Guild, Local 1931, which
represents faculty and staff at local community colleges. “Our
certificated members who appeal a termination continue to receive
compensation. Our classified employees should also.”
Tens of thousands of classified staff in K-12 school districts
across California have signed up for the third year of an
innovative state program to support some of the lowest paid
employees on campus.
The Classified School Employee Summer Assistance Program (CSESAP)
allows eligible staff to withhold up to 10 percent of their
monthly salary during the school year, and receive that money —
matched by the state up to a dollar for a dollar — in one or two
payments the following summer.
Bernard Benson is enrolled in the new Classified School Employee Summer Assistance Program. His deductions began in August and will continue through June. The state will match his savings up to a dollar for dollar in July.
“It would be ludicrous for me not to participate,” explained Benson. “Where else can I set aside $200 a month for 11 months and make a 100 percent return on my investment?”
Classified employees should take special note of Assembly Bill
1808, an omnibus education trailer bill. Along with dozens of
AB 1808 increased the state budget for staff training and
other classified programs by $100 million.
Half the increase was earmarked for professional training,
including $45 million for K-12 districts and $5 million for
community college districts. The other $50 million will go into a
Summer Assistance Fund for staff who earn less than $49,920 per