Another SFUSD Flub Could Cost Teachers Money

The San Francisco Unified School District admitted this week that it failed to file three quarterly wage reports with the state last year. As a result, some workers have not been able to file their tax returns and will see their refunds impacted.

“While SFUSD did withhold state taxes from employees and paid them to the state, the District is in the process of filing a final report which identifies the amount of taxes paid by each employee,” a district statement reads 

SFUSD added that it is working to file the quarterly wage reports with the State Employment Development Department (EDD). An investigation into the cause of the mishap is also underway.

"We are deeply sorry for the stress and concern this has caused our staff and their families. SFUSD is undertaking accountability measures to ensure this does not happen again," Superintendent Matt Wayne said in a  "We are urgently working to rectify this error and the possible cascading impacts for employees."

This is just the latest blunder to impact the wallets of SFUSD workers. Hundreds of teachers and staff saw their wages delayed last year due to the shoddy rollout of a new payroll system. It was a monumental embarrassment for the district, making the latest error all the more unfathomable.

"Almost one year ago, San Francisco educators slept on the floors at the SFUSD central office for days to demand that they be paid properly and their benefits accurately distributed,” said United Educators of San Francisco, which filed a complaint against SFUSD with the California Public Employees Relations Board last year. “It is frustrating that, while many issues have been addressed, SFUSD district management has again failed to uphold essential employer responsibilities by not submitting quarterly tax reports to the State of CA.”