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.


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