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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

City Bails Out Schools While Taxpayers Boost School Board Salaries

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 8:34 AM

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San Francisco city supervisors are thinking they might need to bail out the local school district --  again. Understandably so: Schools are in dire financial straits.

But what's more difficult to understand is why taxpayers are being asked to increase salaries of the education board when there's no money.

The San Francisco Unified School District is facing a $113 million budget shortfall this year; tack on another $26 million from state cuts, and we have a real crisis on our hands. So on on Tuesday, city supes introduced a resolution that would allow schools to tap the city's rainy day fund.

If the resolution is approved, the school

district would be entitled to 25 percent of the fund, or $8 million this year.

"I think it's fabulous," said schools superintendent Carlos Garcia onTuesday night. "We may have a state that doesn't care enough about

its young people and its future, but it's great to have a city that does

take care of its kids."

It looks like the city has no choice. Last week, SFUSD sent more than 400 pink slips to teachers,

preparing for the worst-case scenario.

Those layoff notices were

announced the same evening that city supervisors decided to put a

measure on the ballot to give school board members a hefty raise.

Make sense?

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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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