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California Quality Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act (2008)

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The Quality Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act (07-0087) was a initiated state statute in California that would have established a requirement that teachers and administrators must be paid the same based on their experience, education, and number of days worked. It was headed for the November 2008 ballot, but its supporters failed to turn in 433,971 valid signatures by April 21, 2008.

The initiative reads as:

Prohibits public school districts from paying any employee a salary higher than that paid to the highest-paid classroom teacher. Requires teachers and administrators to be paid on the same salary schedule according to their experience, education, and number of days worked. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: No fiscal effect on overall K-12 education spending. Redistribution of resources at the local level in response to a cap on administrator salaries. (Initiative 07-0087.)[1]


The salaries and benefits for certificated employees are set at the local level. Specifically, teachers are typically paid on a locally negotiated salary schedule that is based on years of experience and educational attainment.[2]

  • The highest average pay for a teacher in 2005-6 $71,000. However, in a few districts, teacher salaries topped out at over $100,000.
  • Salaries for administrators tend to be higher than teachers. The salaries vary depending on the specific position as well as the size of the school district. School site principals in California earned an average annual salary of $96,000 in 2005-06, whereas district superintendents earned an average of $133,000.

Fiscal impact

While this would have no or relatively little impact on the state budget, it would create issues where pay would need to be redistributed.


The initiative was sponsored officially by William H. Schindler.


The initiative had been approved for circulation by the California Secretary of State and Attorney General.

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