Teacher pay raises gobble up Prop 30, LCFF funds

Teacher pay raises gobble up Prop 30, LCFF funds

In 2012, California voters approved Proposition 30, which temporarily raised sales taxes on everyone and income taxes on the wealthy. The measure was sold with the promise it would directly help public education. It was “for the kids.”

In 2013, the California Legislature approved a dramatic change in how schools were given state dollars in adopting the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The law was sold with the promise it would provide extra funding directly to the education of students who were English learners, the category of kids whom Gov. Jerry Brown had said were particularly crucial to California’s future.

It’s now December 2014, and the evidence keeps building that the primary use of both Prop. 30 and LCFF funds has been to respond to pent-up teacher union demands for pay raises.

This is from last week in the San Francisco Chronicle:

San Francisco teachers overwhelmingly approved a new contract Thursday night that gives them a 12 percent pay increase over the three-year term, union officials said.

More than 78 percent of the 2,799 teachers voting approved the terms of the contract …

utlaThis is from Wednesday in the Los Angeles Newspaper Group’s family of papers:

United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl will not be fulfilling his campaign promise of a double-digit pay raise this year, as union leadership backed down from demands for an immediate 10 percent hike.

The 35,000-member teachers union met Tuesday with negotiators for the Los Angeles Unified School District and proposed a 9 percent raise this school year paired with negotiations for additional raises the following year. However, leaders for the school district say they can’t afford to meet the demand.

LAUSD’s latest offer — 4.02 percent in bonuses and an additional 2 percent salary increase to be paid over the next seven months — is $80 million less, and because most of it would be in the form of one-time bonuses, the two sides are divided by $188 million per year in permanent salary hikes.

This is from Tuesday’s San Jose Mercury-News, which reports on a district where elected officials actually seem to remember the promises made about Prop. 30 and the LCFF.

SAN JOSE — Bargaining between teachers and the East Side Union High School District appears to have hit a wall.

The district has requested that the Public Employee Relations Board declare an impasse and appoint a state mediator, the district announced Monday.

In its latest offer, the district proposed a 5 percent salary increase, plus 1 percent more in the spring if the Legislature allocates more funds to school districts. The East Side Teachers Association rejected that offer on Friday, the district announced in a letter to staff and parents.

This diversion phenomenon hasn’t gotten much attention yet. However, when the Vergara v. California case reaches the appeals court level, it seems likely to be used by reformers as a telling new example of how major players in California’s education establishment value the interests of teachers over students.


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  1. bob
    bob 18 December, 2014, 07:53

    But “It’s fer da childern! It’s fer da childern!”


    Nothing to see here folks. Just move along now, please.

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  2. bob
    bob 18 December, 2014, 07:57

    The tax increases will stop when teachers are making $508,893 like the firefighters.

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  3. T Mind of your Ted Godhead System
    T Mind of your Ted Godhead System 18 December, 2014, 09:26

    1. It would be interesting if Chris’s spin was totally true, which, of course it is not. And…

    2. We should continue to denigrate public education, promote failing charters, keep teacher pay low, require lame teaching ideas developed by non educator pol hacks etc……soon the tea bag crew will have book burnings like the German teabaggers did in ’39.

    Please respond at once.

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    • Chris Reed
      Chris Reed 18 December, 2014, 09:32

      So noting the power of teacher unions in California is akin to Nazism?

      Ted, I always enjoyed it when you made fun of Let It Collapse for his excesses, but you’re not adding anything constructive here with such over-the-top language.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 18 December, 2014, 12:36

      It’s a product of society, it’s a symptom of a sick society, that the RAGWUS is complicit in creating.

      Our only means of changing this sick society, is changing ourselves. We have to remove our dependency upon a group of people who use their unions funded by taxpayer dollars to achieve what they refer to as fair wages, but it is two, three, or four times what the average household income is bringing home in the teachers district. The stealing will never be enough for the RAGWUS feeders. 🙂

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  4. T Mind of your Ted Godhead System
    T Mind of your Ted Godhead System 18 December, 2014, 09:26

    Bo-Bo LOVES teabag Fox News Kool-Aid ™.

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  5. Dawn Urbanek
    Dawn Urbanek 18 December, 2014, 10:41

    Worse than lying to parents/students and taxpayers. The State of California is intentionally underfunding suburban school districts and redistributing that money to districts with more than 55% English Language Learners and Poor. The new funding formula is unconstitutional because it bases school funding solely on wealth, race and ethnicity. To be constitutional the Base Funding Grant would need to be increased from $6,500 per year to north of $9,500. If anyone is interested in a case study of a District that always puts employee compensation above Student Services – it is the Capistrano Unified School District. The District received $8.24 million in new LCFF money and before any LCAP was in place the DIstrict used the money to restore employee salaries that were cut during a 2010 teachers strike.

    See: California’s Local Control Funding Formula – A Parents Perspective http://disclosurecusd.blogspot.com/2014/11/re-research-brief-toward-grand-vision.html

    and Certified Mail – Return Receipt Requested March 26, 2014 Letter to Governor Brown-


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  6. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 18 December, 2014, 10:45

    On the first day of Christams Bo Bo gave to us …….sour balls while hanging in a pear tree!

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  7. Dork
    Dork 18 December, 2014, 14:12

    If I was the one negotiating I would have started with a 10% CUT IN SALARY for ALL TEACHERS. Then inform them we are dropping Health Insurance, go sign up for Obamacare that you Campaigned for. Go ahead and quit, California has a Real Unemployment rate above 20%, and most of you are too stupid to maker it in the Private Sector. Thoie that can, do. Those that can’t, go into government.

    Abolish the Public School System.

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    • bob
      bob 18 December, 2014, 18:32

      “Abolish the Public School System.”

      You mean the Government Run Youth Indoctrination Camps? Never happen.

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  8. Dawn Urbanek
    Dawn Urbanek 18 December, 2014, 18:03

    I have always tried to support the Public Education System- but I am done. Average Teacher compensation in the Capistrano Unified School District went from $95,673 per year to $105,340 per year. Students had 3 furlough days and class sizes were increased by 1.5 students across all grades to pay for that.

    Source: http://disclosurecusd.blogspot.com/2014/12/capistrano-unified-school-district_4.html

    This year the District restored the furlough days but did so with minimum days instead of full days of school. That is how much the District cares about the instructional time of students.

    The Calendar for 2015-16 approved on 6-25-14 shows 180 days of school.

    Full Days 133
    ACE DAYS 34
    Minimum Days 13
    Pupil Free Days 3

    Who can support teachers when their Union deprives students of a full day of school so that teachers can work a couple less hours per week.

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  9. Dawn Urbanek
    Dawn Urbanek 18 December, 2014, 18:13

    So I am guessing that teachers are being paid for 183 days of service and they are only teaching 180 days- 1/3 of which are less than a full days work.

    Minimum Day is 180 minutes

    Ace Day is 203 minutes

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  10. Dawn Urbanek
    Dawn Urbanek 18 December, 2014, 18:35

    Think about that compensation – $105,000 for 183 days of work.

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    • bob
      bob 18 December, 2014, 19:43

      Now, now Dawn. You must remember that nothing is too good for our rulers and their minions. And if you question the premise you will be clubbed by the libtards and trough feeders that infest this blog. So instead I suggest you watch this video and just smile.

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    • T Mind of your Ted Godhead System
      T Mind of your Ted Godhead System 18 December, 2014, 21:43

      lol and your point is?

      They deserve the money for the education they must have, the certifications and the crap they take from the brat kids of the unwashed doomera masses of dull normal teabaggery a–clowns….I love seeing techers start to make a good professional wage!

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    • S Moderation Douglas
      S Moderation Douglas 19 December, 2014, 13:05

      “Think about that compensation – $105,000 for 183 days of work.”

      That seems to be close to the national average. It typically implies a wage of about $60,000 a year, plus benefits. Not outrageous, in my opinion.

      According to the latest AEI study, that is about the nationwide average (including pension and benefits) for those in either the public or private sector with somewhere between a BA and MA.

      Seems unrealistic to expect someone with those credentials and abilities to sacrifice 25% of potential annual pay because they are basically locked out for three months.

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      • bob
        bob 19 December, 2014, 18:40

        183 days is only 36 weeks and 3 days of work. That does not imply a wage of 60,000 a year.

        A typical private sector worker works 44 to 46 weeks a year.

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        • T.Steele
          T.Steele 19 December, 2014, 19:19

          BO BO

          Give em a break– they have to deal with your brat kids and the whining pol hacks usually on the school boards!

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          • bob
            bob 19 December, 2014, 19:21

            Rodger that, Ulysses, er Ted, or whoever the other guy in your head is.

  11. T Mind of your Ted Godhead System
    T Mind of your Ted Godhead System 18 December, 2014, 21:39

    Teachers and cops and nurses and firefighters are the new billionaires!

    Too much Fox News little buddies! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  12. Queeg
    Queeg 18 December, 2014, 23:35

    Who will competently train the next generation of compliant service workers?

    We need teachers.

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  13. S Moderation Douglas
    S Moderation Douglas 19 December, 2014, 04:24

    We need teachers…to teach the firemen.

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  14. Ulussess Uhaul
    Ulussess Uhaul 19 December, 2014, 12:47


    We all made choices. Some good ……others……doomed.

    Obviously, you’re challenged…..count your prridge bowls. It ain’t that bad out there!

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  15. Ulussess Uhaul
    Ulussess Uhaul 19 December, 2014, 12:47


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  16. T.Steele
    T.Steele 19 December, 2014, 19:25

    Mao Maoing the flackcatchers.

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  17. Dawn Urbanek
    Dawn Urbanek 20 December, 2014, 11:01

    Comparing the $78,000 salary at 36 weeks to a person who works 46 week a year would mean teachers in my District are making about $100,000 per year just in salary. The District keeps raising compensation for employees and uses furlough days, class size increases and deferred maintenance to pay for the increases. By 2021 when Jerry Brown has placed the increased CalSTRS contributions on Districts over 100% of the Districts budget will be salaries, pensions and benefits.

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