Mar 4, 2024 - News

San Francisco school district to implement new payroll system

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San Francisco's public school district is ditching EMPowerSF, the troubled payroll system that resulted in thousands of employees being paid incorrectly or just not paid at all, district officials announced last week.

Why it matters: The payroll debacle contributed to educator unrest, which nearly resulted in the first teacher walkout since 1979.

The big picture: The San Francisco Unified School District aims to implement a new system by July 2025.

  • SFUSD officials say that it's the most-used system of its kind in California and that the district is "confident that this change is in the best interest of our employees."

What they're saying: The move is "an important step towards building back trust and repairing the tremendous harm done to educators," Frank Lara, executive vice president of teachers union United Educators of San Francisco, said in a written statement.

What to watch: SFUSD staff plan to present a contract for the new system to the Board of Education on March 12 for approval.

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