Successful appeal put teacher in LAUSD’s top 10 salary list
Vanessa Romo | March 23, 2015
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The release of salary records for all LA Unified employees by the Los Angeles Daily News on Friday produced a list of the district’s highest paid officials in 2014, with one apparent anomaly: an elementary school teacher.
While nine of the top ten earners are headquarters administrators, starting with former Superintendent John Deasy, who made $439,998 the year he was ousted, the odd name on the list is Jose Martinez, a grade school teacher who earned $235,329.
Martinez was removed from his job by the district in November 2011, though it’s unclear under what circumstances. He fought the decision, appealing to the Office of Administrative Hearings and the Commission on Professional Competence, which sided with Martinez and ordered the district to reinstate him and the salary he would have otherwise been paid.
According to a statement from LA Unified’s legal department, “The District unsuccessfully appealed the decision to reinstate the teacher, entitling Mr. Martinez to reinstatement and approximately $164,564.92 in back pay.”
The lump sum covered unpaid earnings from “November 2011 to March 2014, which explains the unusually high salary reporting in 2014,” district officials said.
In case you missed it, here are the top 10 paid LA Unified employees in 2014, courtesy of the Daily News:
• John Deasy, superintendent of schools: $439,998
• Michelle King, deputy superintendent: $282,792
• David Holmquist, general counsel: $264,407
• Mark Hovatter, chief facilities executive: $248,841
• Jose Martinez, elementary teacher: $235,329
• Megan Reilly, chief financial officer: $231,648
• Janalyn Glymph, personnel director: $204,331
• Matthew Hill, chief strategy officer: $203,743
• Gregory Garcia, director, facilities project E: $200,904
• Vivian Ekchian, chief labor negotiator: $199,034