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LAUSD’s Parcel Tax Failure and the *Reasonableness* of Teacher Pay in L.A.

15 Jun

I taught for thirty years in the public schools in California (1975-2005) and I know I was never paid what I was worth.

How do you measure worth?

I worked on average 60 to 100 hours a week. Those hours included teaching, planning lessons, calling parents, taking work home, correct that work, doing grades, et al.

Since I worked near LA Unified in South California, lets see how much I would have actually earned per hour based on that $75k.

That $75k is based on a salary. Teachers do not earn overtime pay. A general guideline is approximately 36 weeks of instruction a year, which comes out to about 180 school days a year. That means during the school year I worked 2,160 – 3,600 hours (I worked more because the 36 weeks does not count holidays when I always took work home to catch up).

$75k divided by 2,160 hours = $34.52 an hour.

$75k divided by 3,600 hours = #20.83 an hour.

The medium would be 80 hours a week or 2,560 hours and that would equal $29.29 an hour.

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Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) includes “most of the city of Los Angeles, along with all or portions of 26 cities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. About 4.8 million people live within the District’s boundaries.” In 2018-19, LAUSD’s estimated enrollment was 694,096 students.

On June 04, 2019, voters within the LAUSD boundary could have voted to approve or reject Measure EE, a school parcel tax measure authorizing LAUSD to levy 16-cents-per-square-foot tax over 12 years to fund the LAUSD as follows, in brief:

Proceeds from the Tax shall be used for: lowering class sizes; providing school nursing, library, and counseling services and other health and human services for student support; providing instructional programs, school resources, and materials; retaining and attracting teachers and school employees; and providing necessary administrative services. …

This Measure requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote for passage.

The opportunity to vote was there, but…

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