Salaries Rise for Highline Educators

Salaries Rise for Highline Educators

Under a tentative agreement reached this week, we will raise educator salaries by 13% for the 2018-19 school year. This is the latest in a multi-year effort to raise teacher pay. 

Through a combination of cost of living adjustments and salary increases, we have consistently invested in educator pay over the past five years. Combined, these increases amount to a 36.4% increase.

Increases to teacher salaries have been:

  • 2014-15: 3.5%
  • 2015-16: 4.7%
  • 2016-17: 5.6%
  • 2017-18: 9.6%
  • 2018-19: 13% (subject to HEA ratification)

The increase in the tentative agreement provides our teachers with a salary range that tops out at $111,245 for 2018-19—among the highest in comparable school districts. 

This increase allows us to stay within our budget through the coming changes in school funding prompted by the McCleary decision. Check out this video that explains the funding picture in simple terms.

Under the state legislature’s McCleary plan, we will get more state dollars but fewer local levy dollars. The McCleary plan increases state dollars through a funding swap: next year, our local levy funding will be cut to less than half what voters approved in 2018.

Much of the new state dollars must be used for certain programs, like lower class sizes and special education. The increase we receive from the state will not make up for the loss of levy dollars next year.

In 2019-20, we will have a net loss in revenue. In 2020-21, we will see a revenue increase, but it will be minimal. 

To prevent major cuts to staff and programs in the next two years, we are saving some current year levy dollars to make up for the loss in revenue.