Educator Salaries Show How Very Small Districts Benefit
While some educators argue that they aren’t getting paid enough, data from the State Controller’s office suggest that perhaps they’re just working in the wrong counties.
According to the data, Orange County is home to nearly 25 percent of the top 40 best paid K-12 educators in the state. There are more than 609,000 K-12 educators in the state split among 1,022 school districts.
After accounting for wages as well as a benefits package, Emeritus Superintendent of Schools Jack Deasy from Los Angeles Unified topped the list with $485,634. However, LAUSD is also the biggest school district in the state and second largest in the nation, so perhaps his large salary makes sense in terms of per student cost.
When Deasy’s salary is calculated against the 646,000 enrolled students in the district, he is getting paid roughly 75 cents per student. However, Superintendent Tammy Murphy of Montecito Union makes $290,443 for overseeing 448 students, equating to about $648 per student.
Under state law only six students are needed for an elementary district, and only 11 for a high school or unified district. According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, half of all public school districts were “small” or “very small,” meaning they serve fewer than 1,000 students or 100 students, respectively.
Smaller districts are reaping the benefits of more funding per student. Very small districts get about twice as much per student than larger districts. So it can be expected that these tiny districts won’t be consolidating anytime soon.
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