Debating if public school teachers are over- or under-paid is a hot topic whenever cuts to education funding loom or student test scores are released.
A new online comparison tool lets the public compare average teacher salaries by school district, revealing that Mill Valley teacher salaries are ahead of the average teacher pay in California and among the highest paid in Marin.
Last year, Mill Valley officials unveiled a “shared sacrifice” strategy to help the district combat a $1.4 million budget deficit in advance of the effort to pass Measure B, an expansion of the parcel tax. An agreement with the Mill Valley Teachers Association featured a number of concessions that district officials say will save more than $400,000 dollars.
“The bottom line is that we’re all in this together,” said district Superintendent Paul Johnson at the time.
The concessions include two unpaid furlough days during the 2012-2013 school year for every teacher and administrator, including one today. The district projects that it will save $200,000 from the two furlough days.
Teachers received a 1 percent pay increase under a deal reached in February 2011, and the new reductions amount to a 1.1 percent pay cut. The new deal calls for no salary increases through the 2012-2013 school year.
Overall, Marin County educators are on-par with the state average.
Statewide, the average teacher salary declined slightly during the 2011-12 academic year to $68,531, the Bakersfield Californian reported.
But the California Teachers Association doesn't put much stock in the comparison tool. Teacher salary scales are configured with formulas that take into account years of experience and education level, but many young and early-career teachers have been laid off due to budget cuts in recent years.Teacher Salaries 2011-12
School DistrictAverage PayStudent EnrollmentDixie (San Rafael) Elementary SD
1,793 Kentfield Elementary $76,351 1,177 Larkspur-Corte Madera $75,909 1,363 Mill Valley Elementary SD
$62,904 7,999 Reed Union Elementary SD (Tiburon) $79,999 1,401 Ross Elementary SD $75,230 346 Ross Valley Elementary SD $62,744 2,210 San Rafael City Elementary SD $62,608 2,000 Sausalito Marin City SD $70,975 396 Tamalpais Union High School District $87,497 3,839Source: Ed-Data
California public school teachers make 16.1 percent less than other college graduates, according to the California Teachers Association. The disparity increases for those with master's degrees.
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