The Los Angeles teacher strike is set to pave the way for the future of teaching and education across California. From Sacramento to San Diego, thousands of teachers work tirelessly to create effective change in the lives of the students they teach. Teachers are expected to be effective instructors providing differentiation, rigor, and creativity to the lessons we engage in every day. While California is among the top states for starting teacher salaries, a high cost of living also comes with this. This can be challenging to do all the while working multiple jobs in order to make ends meet, and then many worry about having leftover funds for the school supplies we purchase out of pocket.
Various teacher unions in the Bay Area may soon join the Los Angeles teachers with a strike of their own, asking for smaller class sizes and a “livable, competitive wage.” KTVU recently conducted an analysis on teacher salaries across California and presented the starting, average and ending salaries for teachers across various school districts within the Bay Area. The KTVU study reported, “This list was provided by the California Teachers Association and is drawn from numbers pulled by the National Education Association and the Oakland Education Association, as they negotiate a contract with the district. The lowest starting salary is about $46,000 and the highest ending salary is $117,000, according to the union data.” These statistics represent the huge wage gap between teachers and school district administrators. Between teachers and superintendents, the starting salaries differ by about $166,000, with a difference of about $78,000 between principals and teachers.
Some Oakland teachers have planned to call in sick this Friday with the hope of aiding the labor dispute between the district and the teacher’s union. This “sick-out” is not sanctioned by the teacher’s union, The East Bay Times reports. Oakland teachers held a similar action last month to demonstrate that they are “ready to strike,” the report further states. The union is demanding a 12% raise and was met with a 5% counteroffer from the district. My hope is that the union and district will collaborate in the collective bargaining process, student learning is at stake. The loss of learning minutes will have a significant impact on the learning process. Let student learning be our priority as the debate on teacher working conditions and wages continues in California.
Latest posts by Daniela Felix (see all)
- The Importance of Mid Year Data for Teachers, Students, and Families - December 18, 2019
- Las Familias Deben Participar en la Mejora de los Resultados de las Pruebas SBAC de California - December 10, 2019
- La Guia de los Aprendices de Inglés de California es un Recurso Útil para los Maestros - December 4, 2019
- California’s English Learner Roadmap Is a Helpful Resource for Teachers - December 2, 2019
- Families Need To Be Involved in Improving California’s SBAC Test Results - November 27, 2019