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Novato Teachers Lag Behind County and State in Average Salaries

A new online tool shows the average teacher salary in most California school districts and the news isn't good for Novato Unified educators.

Debating if public school teachers are overpaid or underpaid is a hot topic whenever cuts to education funding loom or student test scores are released.

A new online comparison tool lets the public compare average teacher salaries by school district, revealing that Novato teacher salaries lag behind the average teacher pay in California. Teachers in the Novato Unified School District were paid $62,904 on average.

Statewide, the average teacher salary declined slightly during the 2011-12 academic year to $68,531, the Bakersfield Californian reported.

In April 2012, the Novato teachers and school district officials reached a new agreement that included a 2 percent teacher pay raise.

Overall, Marin County educators are on-par with the state average.

But the California Teachers Association doesn't put much stock in the comparison tool. Teacher salary scales are configured with formulas that take into account years of experience and education level, but many young and early-career teachers have been laid off due to budget cuts in recent years.

Teacher Salaries 2011-12
School District Average Pay Student Enrollment Dixie (San Rafael) Elementary SD
$73,844
1,793 Kentfield Elementary $76,351 1,177 Larkspur-Corte Madera $75,909 1,363 Mill Valley Elementary SD
$76,909
2,968
Novato USD
$62,904 7,999 Reed Union Elementary SD (Tiburon) $79,999 1,401 Ross Elementary SD $75,230 346 Ross Valley Elementary SD $62,744 2,210 San Rafael City Elementary SD $62,608 2,000 Sausalito Marin City SD $70,975 396 Tamalpais Union High School District $87,497 3,839 Source: Ed-Data

California public school teachers make 16.1 percent less than other college graduates, according to the California Teachers Association. The disparity increases for those with master's degrees.

Are Novato teachers overpaid, underpaid or paid fairly? Tell us in the comment section below.

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T.Sprocket February 14, 2013 at 09:41 PM
..and what do you do for a living andrew randolph?
HistoryLover February 15, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Interesting that Reed Unified School Dist is not on the report (highest paid?) Novato is the lowest 'price per sq ft.' in Marin IJ each week, maybe the cost of living is lower here? Maybe there is a relationship to teacher pay and student performance.
Avanti Monty February 15, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Having a solid education is the most important thing we should provide for everyone that wants it and/or is required to have it.. Having a well educated populous would alleviate problems concerning race, religion ,finances, social issues and politics ( well 4 out of 5 is 80% politics will never be alleviated). Good teachers equal good students that's a proven our teachers be paid well. However as usual its all about money who can afford to pay higher salaries aka taxes. We continue to hear lagging and infuriating made up number comparisons from our water department empire, our competing utility companies, monopoly internet servers, our gargantuan garbage dynasty, and designer gas stations, Parochial school tuition's are so outrageous they require endowments and charitable contributions to provide scholarships to fill desks as well as giving up your first born.. Novato is not Ross, Belvedere, Corte Madera , Mill valley or the like when it comes to expendable money. We do have good schools and good teachers maybe we should cut the salaries and perks of the administration thereby freeing up more money for our teachers. No more bond issue's that go towards everything but the intended recipients Just say'n
Tina McMillan February 15, 2013 at 05:40 AM
http://novatonft.org/ 2009-2012 NUSD/NFT Contract I am not sure how much the increase to the teacher's salaries in 2012 made a difference, but the discrepancy between teacher's pay and administrator's pay has always been a problem in Novato. When you compare our district based on the revenues we receive, our administrators are paid far more and are teachers far less than similar districts. Novato teachers finally got a 2% raise. 25% or more of new teachers come to Novato to get training and then move to other districts to find jobs. This may be due to pay but also due to difficulties within the district itself. Families use to move to Novato for the public school system. It was the one place you could find affordable housing and great public education and still be in Marin. If you read the district's own Strategic Report since 2003 the impacts to each school have been significant. NUSD has yet to find a curriculum that can meet the needs of impacted learners. The mentality within the district is to turn a blind eye to change. The recent boundary study didn't address curriculum problems. It didn't look for new sources of revenue. It just redistributed student population. Change is needed on many levels. It begins by paying teachers a living wage.
Jerry February 15, 2013 at 07:42 AM
What needs to change is the discrimination in school funding the State gives to Novato schools. My recall is that for decades Novato has been getting 30% less in education funding than most Marin County districts and 30% less than the average of all state-wide school districts -- and that is after including the special local taxes we voted for . This has gone on for decades. As for teacher pay, all school districts should be paying teachers top dollar. We need the best and the brightest teaching our young. Look at sucessful foreign countries - good educators make the top dollar. Here we spend our top dollars for politicians and breaurcrats ...and we all know how well that's worked out for us.

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