Claims are often made that support staff should be paid more, but those claims are rarely accompanied by data justifying that request. Demands for higher pay are usually supported with anecdotal hardship stories, stories of low pay compared to other similar jobs, and stories of problems with attracting and retaining quality employees.
We often hear how choosing to be in education means taking a vow of poverty and making great sacrifices in their personal lives. Perhaps true in the past, but now a career in education administration no longer results in a lifetime of searching couch cushions for quarters to buy groceries
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress shows only 52 percent of students meet or exceed standards in English, and a miniscule 31 percent in math. The “Nation’s Report Card” puts California 45th in the country, with the drop in performance called “a national concern.” ACT scores have dropped “every year of the last five.”
An audit by the state of California found an egregious amount of mismanagement and lack of transparency from the superintendent and board of the Bellflower Unified School District. The superintendent’s failure to […]
A recent whistleblower document on misconduct within the Shasta Sheriff department has been verified as authentic by a police captain within the county. The user, first known by the pseudonym “Shasta,” wrote […]
In the latter half of 2021, the DOI attempted to institute email retention policies that would delete emails automatically after 180 days if not manually archived. Now the state assembly is doing something about it!
With most state agencies, an appeal can be filed in a local superior court, but with the Utilities Commission an appeal must be filed in the state appeals or even supreme court. This makes for a far more difficult and costly process that deters most applicants.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Michael Markman has ruled that the CalPERS Board of Administration violated California’s open meetings law two years ago when it held a session that was closed to […]
Transparent California has now collected over 2.5 million salary and benefit records for 2020. One of the most recent uploads was for the City of Industry in Los Angeles County. The upload […]
Last month, the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) was issued a “lack of growing concern” determination from the Contra Costa County Office of Education. Simply put, this means the district […]
City of Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer has publicly disclosed that the City of Fresno lost over half a million dollars at the hands of scammers. As reported on by Brianna Calix at […]
It’s Sunshine week! No, I’m not talking about the weather. I’m talking about the week that celebrates openness and government transparency across the United States. Ever since its founding in 2006 by […]
At Transparent California, we take pride in collecting information on pension benefits across the state so that taxpayers can be informed where their dollars are being spent. The California Pension System is […]
Just what does it take to become one of the highest-paid school superintendents in California? Length of tenure, rather than performance of district size, appears to be the determining factor, according to […]
December 2022 update: In response to our lawsuit, the City promptly provided all of the requested public records and paid all of the legal costs we were forced to incur to compel […]