Most of us will never see a 100 percent raise without changing employers, let alone 174 percent. But that is exactly what the Los Angeles school board received as a cost of living increase -- the result of a recent vote by the L.A. Board of Education Compensation Committee.
Board members previously made $45,000 a year, which is less than the $50-80,000 range for the Los Angeles Unified School District teacher.
However, the board believes the 174 percent increase is “a good starting point” per commission member Efren Martinez, citing the size of the L.A. city council -- which he implied handles less work -- and eyeing their salary, which is $191,000 per year.
Mike Opelka pointed out that this is more than a United States congressperson makes for running the country, which is $174,000. Meanwhile board members who have a salary from another job will receive $50,000 a year, up from $26,000. With all this overspending, Mike feared Los Angeles may need to “burn itself down in order to be rebuilt.”