Nevermind the steep budget cuts facing our schools or that 500 teachers received pink slips — San Francisco education officials want a hefty raise and it looks as though they might get one.
After much debate over the last several months, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors favored placing a measure on the ballot as early as June which — if passed — would allow school board members a much better salary.
Should it pass at the polls, the seven school board members would get paid equivalent to half of what a first-year teacher makes — roughly $25,000 annually. Now, board members get a $500 monthly stipend which anyone will concede isn't enough to cover a week's worth of rent.
Nobody ever said they don't deserve it; as many board members have
pointed out they often work as much as 20 hours a week
meeting with teachers, students, and spending ungodly hours at board