Update: Pavik v. Fillmore Unified (PERB Decision)

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May 30, 2013 On May 23, the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) in Pavik v. Fillmore determined that the Fillmore Unified School District (FUSD) retaliated against three teachers, who were developing a conversion charter school petition, by transferring them from a low performing school, where they had worked for years, to other district schools after the denial of the charter petition.

While this case is limited to FUSD and these teachers, it stands for the proposition that teacher participation in the development of a conversion charter school petition is protected activity under the Education Employees Relations Act, the state law that governs all collective bargaining activity in district and charter schools. This means that school district teachers can engage in charter school development and petition activities without fear of retaliation from the school district.

This decision can be appealed by FUSD to the PERB Board. The deadline to file an appeal is 20 days from the decision date. We will keep you updated. Read a copy of the decision.