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  •  Administrative Expansion is a problem everywhere (2+ / 0-)
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    Renie57, Flying Goat

    Not only are the administrators paid far too much, there are too many of them.  But this is not only at Universities, but in the local elementary schools as well.  For example, in my small town with no high school, one elementary and one middle school right next to each other we have a superintendant, two principals, and two vice principals. The local public university has a very well compensated (some would say grossly overpaid) president, a provost, lots of vice presidents and vice provosts.  

    There is an group of adminstrative people who spend a few years at a university to polish a resume, some doing more harm than good, and then move on to better pastures.

    But this is not unique to education.  In every part of the country we seem to have a system where you don't need to know anything about a business to run it.

    •  School Superintendents are very well paid overall (1+ / 0-)
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      Flying Goat

      in most states and in states where there are a lot of school districts in rural areas and every little town seems to have its own school district; instead of cutting the pay of the big wigs, they cut teachers and teacher salaries and teacher benefits and blame the teachers. Some school consolidation would solve that problem as far as public schools are concerned..meaning K-12

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      by wishingwell on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 06:34:57 PM PDT

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      •  We are in a small rural district (0+ / 0-)

        our superintendent/principal makes less than principals in many larger districts.

        We only have two administrators for the entire district (this is really not enough for the workload) and both of them are dealing with kids (and parents) every day. Then, there is some additional office support.

        The administrators have elected to take the same cuts teachers have agreed to take.

        The job of administrators is to make the job of the teachers as easy as possible. Not everyone is good at that, of course.

        I don't think consolidation of our district would lower costs or improve education.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 10:43:43 PM PDT

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        •  It might depend on the state and region and county (0+ / 0-)

          as most superintendents in my area make a 6 figure salary easily.  And wages are very low and the cost of living rather low in my area.

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          by wishingwell on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 04:51:41 AM PDT

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