WCSD Superintendent: "Teachers deserve a raise"
January 2019…newly-elected Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak pledges to give teachers a raise.
“Stand with our educators by including them in the 3% pay raise for state employees for the first time in 12 years,” the Governor said during his State of the State Address.
Fast forward about five months, Washoe County School Superintendent Traci Davis says she remains hopeful this will happen.
“The Governor has been committed to giving teachers raises. We all value our teachers; they have the job that does no other job and they impact the future, right? And so how do we continue to value our teachers and also help our kids but also balance the budget, right? So those balls are kind of still in the air right now, balancing the budget, three percent raise. But we also have to remember that there are bargaining units and they are negotiated,” she explains.
That raise, Davis says, isn't as easy as it sounds. With the session still underway in our State Capital, plus her district still finalizing its budget for next year, it's still unclear, she says, where that money will come from.
"People want hard numbers; we are working right now on working through the legislature and I think part of the problem is that we haven't gotten to the end. Right now as we talk, they are working on the funding formula, and what those things look like. But here is what we do know, we value our educators and our educators deserve a raise. The resiliency that people forget is over the past four years, we have significantly walked our way out of a structural deficit that had existed for almost a decade and 30 million dollars of that was cut from Central Office," Davis tells us.
She adds that the well-deserved raises will be a collaborative effort on the part of the Legislature, school district and Governor's office. But when it comes to paying our educators, lawmakers and district leaders are in agreement that they can all work together.