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San Francisco set to approve millions in raises while facing deficit

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(The Center Square)- The San Francisco Unified School District is set to approve raises for its non-unionized employees amidst projected deficits of hundreds of millions of dollars for the upcoming fiscal years.

The school district in December announced it had approved “historic” raises for its unionized employees. Now, the school board has been recommended it approve the same raises for its non-unionized employees at its Jan. 9 board meeting, according to reports.

The across-the-board raises for all employees are budgeted to cost $88 million in 2024. The district is estimating a deficit of $194.4 million for the upcoming fiscal year of 2024-25 and a $420.5 million deficit for the fiscal year 2025-26.

The San Francisco Unified School District would pay salary increases between 6% and 16% for the different non-unionized employee categories if the school board approved the pay increases on Jan. 9.

Non-represented employees are district employees not subject to collective bargaining agreements with a union.

As previously reported by The Center Square, the district was planning to eliminate 927 positions in an effort to save $40 million in 2023 while also facing a spending freeze across all state agencies for the remainder of the 2023-24 fiscal year ordered by the California Department of Finance.

The school district did not respond to an email seeking comment.

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