LONG BEACH — Benefiting from recent legislative moves to fully fund K-12 public education, Ocean Beach School District teachers will receive a 21 percent salary increase, according to a June 12 announcement from the Washington Education Association.
“We are excited to announce more great contract wins,” the teachers union said. “In the same week that the state Supreme Court officially closed the McCleary case, news came from a couple locals of major gains at the bargaining table.”
The McCleary case required state budget writers to make sure all school districts have enough funding to make schooling the paramount priority it is required to be under the Washington State Constitution.
The Washington Supreme Court found that the Legislature met the court’s order to provide additional $1 billion in funding for educator salaries, effective the 2018-19 school year, the union said.
“And, as if to put an exclamation point on that, Ocean Beach … announced new agreements with significant increases in educator salaries — 21.1 percent in the case of the south Pacific County district.
“The district realized and followed through with the legislature’s recommendations: this is money for salaries,” Doug Pellerin, Ocean Beach Education Association’s president-elect.
Local teacher Miki Frace said her new contract makes her and her colleagues “feel respected, and not just in my district, but in my state.”