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Ravenswood teachers get 10% raise, bringing salaries on par with neighboring school districts

Original post made on Nov 22, 2021

Ravenswood City School District teachers are receiving a 10% pay boost this school year, bringing their salaries on par with other nearby school districts.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 19, 2021, 3:28 PM

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Posted by Dawn1234
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Nov 22, 2021 at 12:42 pm

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That is great news!

Posted by Jennifer Bestor
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 26, 2021 at 5:14 pm

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This is actually a tragedy. Why do hard-won REF donations have to go to fund locally competitive salaries, rather than enrichment?

Last year, $306 million of property tax allocated for Ravenswood and the other state-funded school districts in San Mateo County was dismissed as "excess" to educational needs.

Why does Ravenswood have to close and rent out neighborhood schools--when neighborhood schools are crucial to the development and well-being of at-risk kids and communities?

All because an obscure mechanical adjustment in the Tax & Revenue Code--inserted in 1995 to solve a small problem in Napa--quietly handed 78% of that $306 million to San Mateo county government, 18% to cities, the rest to special districts--already among the best funded statewide.

Ravenswood squeezes blood out of a turnip for $1.3 million--while our County supervisors make a $39.7 million payment, on top of their regular pension payments, to reduce their unfunded pension fund obligations. $39.7M out of education-allocated property tax. Why?

The County relishes its untraceable pot of money while Ravenswood kids suffer--along with those in Daly City, Pacifica, Redwood City and across state-funded districts in this county ... and in San Francisco, Marin and Santa Clara Counties, where another $700 million slides off.

Who could change it? The Legislature. How? By reflecting the high local cost of living in funding to local schools. (This would claim this revenue -- already collected and allocated for schools.) Let's stop dismissing "excess" Educational Revenue Augmentation created by the 'new' and 'improved' school funding formula, which, since 2013, has caused 'excess' property tax to treble, to over $1 billion ... while Ravenswood kids suffer a sub-par education.

Sources: San Mateo Property Tax Highlights reports (p. 12-15 for 2020); California Dept of Education Special Education apportionment reports (P2 for 20-21); SamCERA CAFR (p. 52 for 2021).

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