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Palo Alto Unified teachers, senior managers to get 2% raise

Original post made on May 15, 2019

The Palo Alto school board unanimously approved 2% raises for its teachers union and senior managers on Tuesday night.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 9:39 AM

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Posted by Cover-up Culture
a resident of Community Center
on May 15, 2019 at 5:10 pm

The school board is in bed w the teachers union. So is the PAMA. Too bad our esteemed publication seems to be right there along w them.

The teacher's union snookered the board and district out of an unbudgeted $4 million just last year for raises - and now what happens - they get a raise! Without any accountability or any performance evaluations.

When they were already the highest paid at @20k/student/year in the state.

Let's make sure their managers will be cheering them on by tying their compensation together.


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Posted by Lewis
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 16, 2019 at 7:26 am

@cover up. PAUSD is NOT the highest paid in the state. One need to only look next door to our neighbors in MVLA who make more. Get the facts correct.


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Posted by Green Acres parent
a resident of Green Acres
on May 16, 2019 at 3:40 pm

Green Acres parent is a registered user.

@Lewis,

MVLA is a high school district. High school teachers are generally paid more than elementary and middle school teachers. Unions set their members' salaries based on education and tenure, resulting in relatively little difference between elementary, middle, and high school teachers' salaries. This makes it hard to compare salaries between MVLA and PAUSD. It also makes it hard for PAUSD to attract and retain good high school teachers despite the fact that the average PAUSD teacher's salary is high.


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Posted by Lewis
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 17, 2019 at 9:18 am

@green acres yet those teachers have identical degrees and are all public school teachers. The point is and still remains PAUSD is not the highest paid in the state. Thanks for trying tho!


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Posted by Green Acres parent
a resident of Green Acres
on May 17, 2019 at 1:46 pm

Green Acres parent is a registered user.

@Lewis,

There's no need for snark. My point was just that it's hard to compare salaries between high school districts and unified school districts.

Salary data is public - see Web Link - so let's dig a little deeper. I scanned through the unified school districts and Palo Alto appears to be the third highest paid for the 2017/18 school year. The average schedule salary paid by each of the top three unified school districts was:
- $123,191 - St. Helena Unified
- $110,289 - Carmel Unified
- $109,894 - Palo Alto Unified

The average schedule salary paid by each of the top three high school districts was:
- $132,580 - Mountain View-Los Altos Union High
- $109,866 - Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High
- $105,873 - San Mateo Union High

Salaries tend to be correlated with cost of living and these are all expensive areas, so this isn't surprising.


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Posted by Lewis
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 17, 2019 at 2:53 pm

Cool, so like I said, PAUSD is not the highest paid in the state. Now an interesting stat would be salary compared to actual cost of living. I bet you PAUSD would drop in those rankings real fast.


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Posted by Old Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on May 17, 2019 at 3:50 pm

Unfortunate result.
Poor planning and foregone conclusion given the negotiating parties biases.


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Posted by Educator
a resident of another community
on May 22, 2019 at 8:27 pm

Nice to know that so many in the community support us. I have to pay close to $4,000 per month for a small place that is nothing special, just so my commute isn't over an hour. My wife and I look at this and can't fathom how we will one day be able to buy a home here. We work so hard for the students in this district. The hardest job I have ever had and I have worked at other schools and in the private sector...and yet many of you want to bemoan us this modest increase. All of you knights of the keyboard should find something meaningful to do with your time rather than sit around railing against educators. There are real problems in the world, this is not one of them. I know that I often consider leaving PAUSD as do many of my colleagues. One day, you might get your wish and you will lose the high quality educators that currently keep your school system top-ranked in the state.


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Posted by Cover-up Culture
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 22, 2019 at 9:46 pm

@Educator - thanks so much for supporting our kids and speaking up when the administrators continued to break the law and not take care of them. Not. Wonder where you were then.


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