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What is QTEA?

05/01/17

You may not have heard of the Quality Teacher and Education Act (QTEA), a voter initiative approved in 2008 for a parcel tax to support San Francisco’s ability to attract and retain quality teachers, but its impact is undeniable.

The QTEA Oversight Committee gave an overview of achievements in the 2016-17 school year to the Board of Education on April 25, along with recommendations for the future.

Funds from the parcel tax have supported SFUSD’s ability to increase teacher raises by 1.5%, or $5.2 million, and they have added $32.9 million in total teacher compensation. QTEA contributes to our ability to retain quality teachers by providing money for teachers’ opportunities for professional development, including the Master Teacher Program.

Not only does QTEA give more opportunities to teachers, it also supports 35% of SFUSD’s spending on technology. This includes providing 4,500 laptops to teachers in our Laptops for Educators program; technology support for teachers, including digital learning professional development; and the implementation of our student information system Synergy, including the Gradebook for All project.

QTEA also combines its focus on quality teaching and technology with the Impact and Innovation Awards, which encourage schools to use design- and user-centered thinking and SFUSD’s iLab to come up with creative solutions to address their unique challenges. In 2016-17, 20 schools were awarded funds, and every school that applied for the Innovation Award received funding and coaching so they could all benefit from the design process.

The winning projects and schools will be showcased on May 5.

Learn more about QTEA.