The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Compensation Review Committee has authorized a hefty pay raise for Los Angeles school board members.
Under the city charter, the Board of Education sets salaries every five years. This year’s commission authorized new annual salaries of $125,000 – up from $45,637 – that will take effect in 60 days. The raise equates to a 174 percent salary increase.
Efren Martinez, a commission member appointed by cities in southeast Los Angeles County, said, “It’s very obvious how much hard work the school board members put in day in and day out.”
Los Angeles City Council members make $191,000 a year, and Mr. Martinez noted that a typical board district is twice the size of a City Council district.
Yolie Flores, who left the board in 2011, argued that members should receive pay equal to that of City Council members, but commission members found that jump too large.
Mr. Martinez described the 174 percent salary increase as “a good starting point.” (Source: Los Angeles Times, July 11.)