Two weeks ago, we published this statement in support of the city allocating some of ERAF windfall money to support the teacher salaries in SFUSD. On February 6, a group of Innovate parent leaders attended a hearing of the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors. They testified that the district being able to attract great teachers ultimately supports their children.
We are happy that the Supervisors voted this week to sign onto a deal that allocates $13.5 million to fund teacher salary increases and $52 million to a reserve fund for teacher wages in 2020-21.
As we said in our original statement, we continue to call on the school district to use any resources they can to support schools with large numbers of underserved students. In particular, we would like to see the funds go to the specific schools that Superintendent Vincent Matthews has identified as PITCH schools.
To make a difference for these schools, we need a lot more resources, better policies, bold leadership, and big changes in order to improve outcomes for our underserved students. We are happy to see resources going to our public schools, and we need to see much more!