Who really sets the pay for LAUSD Board Members?

It seems some people didn’t do their homework before asserting LAUSD board members gave themselves a raise.

Here’s the truth, as established by the Charter of the City of Los Angeles.

Who sets the pay?

The total compensation for members of the Board of Education shall be set by a compensation committee which is comprised by seven members which must reside within LAUSD boundaries.

  • Two of them must parents of students attending an LAUSD school, one inside LA City and one outside.
  • One must be an expert in compensation.
  • Two must have business experience, one must be a corporate executive, one must be a small business.
  • Two must represent labor unions.

Who appoints them?

  The members of the committee are appointed by:

  • the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles
  • the Mayors of the Cities of Bell, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Mayoowd and South Gate
  • the Mayors of the Cities of Gardena, Carson, Lomita, Monterey Park, San Fernando and West Hollywood
  • the Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
  • the President of the Los Angeles City Council

and confirmed by a majority vote of the Los Angeles City Council. 

The committee then adopts a resolution that establishes the annual salary and the medical, dental, insurance and other benefits of the Board of Education members.  The committee shall be dissolved 60 days after adoption of the resolution.

When did they last raise the pay?

A committee convened in 2007 and raised the salary from $26,000 to $46,000 (for board members who did not have a separate job). This was the first major salary bump since 1984. A committee convened in 2012 and voted not to make changes to the salary.

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