The SDUHSD School Board Meeting held on September 14, 2017 was extremely volatile and emotional. It is good to see our democratic process in action in our community; this means people are actually communicating. As long as blows aren't thrown, it is okay that we all get to truth and understanding in very different ways. The key with public institutions is we get there and we get there in public. Change is often a difficult process to endure; but endure we must.
In the heat of the communication, there was a shout from the audience. "We should be paying our teachers more." Or something to this effect. Board President Amy Herman, gavel in hand took a firm stand of agreement that, Yes we need to pay our teachers.
We hear this a lot in our District, from both sides, about the paying of teachers. In 2014, Huffington Post wrote a brilliant piece on "What is a Teacher?"
No one would disagree that our most valuable staff is our certificated teachers. These are the people on the front lines with our Students everyday. They are trained and credentialed to be with Students.
However, the actions of our School Board through their votes may be more concerned with the perception of taking care of our teachers, then actually giving our students the qualified personnel they need on the front lines with them in their full educational journey in our District.
There are numbers thrown around all the time in our Community about our District. Let's keep it really simple and from credible source data.
General Fund Revenue (Gov Fund 01-60; Gen Fund 01-08) = $100,569,190
Number of Certificated Employees (teachers but not SpED) = 786
Number of ADA (this means students attending school) = 12,485
General Fund Revenue (Gov Fund 01-60; Gen Fund 01-08) = $127,240,126
Number of Certificated Employees (teachers but not SpED) = 678
Number of ADA (this means students attending school) = 12,726
SDUHSD has a 27% increase in Revenue
SDUHSD has a 2% increase in Students
SDUHSD has a 14% DECREASE in Teachers
This does not look like Teachers are the Priority
Source Data: SDUHSD EdDATA
Transparent California (2016 data up finally)