A wave of new incentives greet teachers returning to school
School districts across the state are offering myriad incentives for teachers as they return to in-person-instruction. The wave of new benefits underscores the ongoing risk of working during the pandemic and, more importantly, the power teachers and their unions are wielding after a year without kids in school.
EdSource has a summary of some of the incentives being offered. These include:
- A temporary 7% raise for Sweetwater Union High School teachers who returned in April and a 2% salary increase in May and June for teachers who return by May 3.
- Retroactive pay raises (1% for last school year and 2% for the current school year) plus a one-time 2% bonus for teachers at Long Beach Unified.
- A a $2,000 stipend for Oakland Unified staff who showed up in person to help with reopening, an additional $200 a week for those who returned by March 30, and a 5% pay raise during April and May for staff in certain high-contact positions.
- Stipends of $2,500 to $5,000 per course for teachers at the Campbell Union High School District in San Jose with additional earning opportunities for those who “team teach.”
- A 1% ongoing raise or one-time bonus of 1% for teachers and staff at nearly all Sacramento County school districts.
It pays to be back.