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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

S.F. School Board Raises Move Ahead; Budget Cuts Loom

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Our schools are broke, but so are our teachers
  • Our schools are broke, but so are our teachers

Nevermind the steep budget cuts facing our schools or that 500 teachers received pink slips -- San Francisco education officials want a hefty raise and it looks as though they might get one.

After much debate over the last several months, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors favored placing a measure on the ballot as early as June which -- if passed -- would allow school board members a much better salary.

Should it pass at the polls, the seven school board members would get paid equivalent to half of what a first-year teacher makes -- roughly $25,000 annually. Now, board members get a $500 monthly stipend which anyone will concede isn't enough to cover a week's worth of rent.

Nobody ever said they don't deserve it; as many board members have

pointed out they often work as much as 20 hours a week

meeting with teachers, students, and spending ungodly hours at board



Yet the additional raises will cost an extra $175,00 annually at a time when San Francisco Unified School District is grappling with a $113 million budget deficit.

So we posit this question: Will the district have to layoff teachers to pay board members?

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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