Education research has consistently demonstrated that successful student achievement is determined by teaching quality. However, many urban schools serving low-income and students of color find it difficult to recruit and retain experienced educators. At high-potential schools, one-third of teachers are first or second year teachers, and educator turnover is 27%, compared to district-wide turnover of 21%. This pilot program seeks to improve student outcomes by addressing the recruitment and retention issue that currently exists at high-potential schools.
"Students in San Francisco deserve a high-quality education, regardless of where they live or go to school. These stipends are one way to help make sure that qualified educators can keep working in our City and that our students are well-served," said Mayor Breed. "San Francisco is an expensive place to live and we hope that these stipends will help our educators afford the cost of living so that they can be part of the community in which they work."
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The City budget for Fiscal Years 2019-20 and 2020-21 includes $10 million over two years to provide stipends to over 1,000 educators at high-potential schools and is in addition to an existing SFUSD stipend program. Teachers at high-potential schools currently receive $2,000 on top of their base salary. Starting this year, educators will receive $3,000 per year for a total stipend of $5,000. In FY 2020-21, educators will receive an additional $2,500, bringing the total stipend amount to $7,500 per year.
"We appreciate the Mayor and City partnering with SFUSD to support our mission of each and every student thriving in the 21st century," said Superintendent Vincent Matthews. "Recruiting, retaining and supporting teachers in our high potential schools is a top priority."
In 2008, San Francisco voters passed a bond measure, known as Quality Teacher and Education Act (QTEA), to fund increased teacher compensation along with professional development and accountability programs. Since then, SFUSD has offered a $2,000 annual stipend to teachers at high-potential schools through the QTEA Initiative.
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