Los Angeles Unified is the only school district in all of California that meets that description. Supporters say upping board members’ salaries would attract better candidates. But if the City Council is any indication, fatter paychecks are no guarantee of superior governance. If anything, the lure of money tends to attract people who are more concerned with personal advancement than with a heartfelt desire to do good for their community. And the bigger paychecks make said politicians even more indebted to the special interests that help get them elected, which is the last thing the LAUSD needs. But debating whether board members ought to be paid more seems ludicrous at a time when the nature of their jobs is up in the air. Whether Villaraigosa’s reform legislation survives legal challenge or not, LAUSD governance will likely soon undergo a major transformation, one that may well reduce board members’ responsibilities – meaning they should be paid less, not more. Pay raises for school board members? Let’s see them earn their current salaries first. WHATEVER one’s position on reforming the Los Angeles Unified School District, most agree that members of the district’s seven-member board are part of the problem, not the solution. That’s why Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was able to successfully push for legislation last year that would strip the board of much of its authority. Yet in the mind of one state assemblyman, anyway, the board seemingly has done enough to merit a 600 percent pay raise. Currently, board members work only part time, for a salary of $24,000 a year plus perks. But Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, D-Compton, has authored legislation, tucked into a larger education bill, that would put members on the full-time payroll at an annual salary of no less than $171,000. That’s the base pay for Los Angeles City Council members, whose salaries Dymally wants to be the standard for board members of all school districts with 500,000 or more students. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!