To The Editor:
Your article on providing housing for teachers in Milpitas Unified (“MUSD receives 52 responses after putting out call for rooms for rent for educators” 9/2/22) provides some great insight into the difficulties being created by the incredible rise in the price of housing. High housing prices are making it difficult for everyone.
Kudos to the parents of the district in stepping in to help. Community at its best. But left unsaid in the article is whether Milpitas Unified teachers bear a special burden in this or if this is just a reflection of the market.
US Census Bureau per capita income in Milpitas was $49,812 in 2020. Actual pay records obtained from the school district using a legal public records request and published on the Transparent California site show the median Milpitas teacher with a total pay of $103,623 that year. And that is a number that doesn’t include the extra benefits teachers receive in the form of contributions by the district to retirement above and beyond what private employees receive.
That adds another $17K/year to their total compensation making that number $121K. Given private employees would have to take $17K out of their income to provide themselves with the same funding for their retirement, that is really the comparable number.
The housing market makes it difficult for all, but significantly more difficult for someone making $50k/year than one making $121K.
Great to see parents stepping up and helping. We need to do everything we can to make the education of our kids as good as possible. Just providing some facts here to make sure we all have a good understanding of the issue.