ABOUT PROPOSITION G
The Living Wage for Educators Act of 2018 will raise around $50 million a year to ensure San Francisco Unified School District can attract and retain quality teachers and staff. The measure, which will be on the June 2018 Primary ballot, establishes a $298 parcel tax for teacher pay that will adjust with inflation each year for the next 20 years.
ADDRESSING THE AFFORDABILITY CRISIS
As we all know, San Francisco is one of the most expensive places to live in the country. Skyrocketing rents and the Bay Area’s affordability crisis have made it difficult for San Francisco teachers to make ends meet and many are being priced out of the City. San Francisco public school teachers currently make less than teachers in many other school districts across the Bay.
INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE
The Living Wage for Educators Act will help move San Francisco teacher pay to the top quartile in the Bay Area by 2019-2020, giving our teachers much-needed relief in the midst of the daunting affordability crisis. The San Francisco Unified School District has hired more than 500 teachers over the past year, but our schools still face a teacher shortage. This measure will allow the School District to recruit new high-quality teachers.
San Francisco is the technology capital of the world. This measure will allow the District to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and math programs so students are ready to excel in college and future careers.
ALL FUNDS STAY IN SAN FRANCISCO
California schools have struggled from consistent underfunding. Our state ranks 42nd in per-pupil spending across the nation. All of the funds generated by this measure will be spent here in San Francisco and none of the funds can be taken by the state or federal government. The measure will create an independent Oversight Committee that will ensure all funds will be spent appropriately. The Oversight Committee will submit annual reports to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors that will evaluate how the funds are spent and recommendations on future spending.