Thoughts on the current salary negotiations.
Catching up on important local school news, the college admission race, and Betsy DeVos.
San Bruno District in financial difficulties. Special Ed costs may be one of the main reasons.
This article provides the background financial data on the teacher salary issue that I have been able to gather to date.
Here is the announcement from the San Mateo Foster City School District regarding their Board action last night (11/17/16).
It is essential that this measure pass so that the school system maintains its current funding levels.
This measure will NOT, however, lead to the kind of teacher salary increase that I am currently lobbying for, but it will at least prevent cuts that would make a bad cost-of-living situation for teachers even worse.
I have had important exchanges this week with the Superintendent and teachers in the district regarding increasing teacher salaries and will be posting news as soon as I get final approval of the text.
Interesting article in today’s San Mateo Daily Journal.
I am continuing to hold behind-the-scenes meetings with local officials on a similar initiative for the San Mateo / Foster City elementary and middle school district to prevent loss of teachers and ensure that we can get the best new teachers for our kids. One such meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, 11/16.
No one likes to pay higher taxes, though I note that statewide school initiatives fared well in the recent election. I think people realize that the cost-of-living issue is reaching crisis levels here.
I believe that we need a comprehensive solution involving compromises by all parties: school districts, teacher unions, and the public. We have been pursuing band-aids for too long.
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From Education Week today:
According to a March 2015 study by the National Education Association, the state ranked 48th in terms of teacher pay during the 2013-14 school year. Since then, lawmakers in the other states that have hovered near the bottom of that ranking—Mississippi, South Dakota, and Idaho —have all passed bills to increase educators’ salaries. Whether Oklahoma teachers see raises will depend on the results of the November 8 ballot initiative on whether to institute the penny tax. ”