For The Kids - Really?

For The Kids - Really?

 

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

          -Albert Einstein

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Staffing Surge and Charter Schools

From Jami Lund at Freedom Foundation:

In this issue

- "Staffing Surge" study released
- Questions and Answers on Charter School Policy

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Staffing Surge

A study released today by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice shows that from 1992 to 2009 student enrollment increased 19%, but staffing levels for schools increased 34%. The largest growth was in non-teaching staff, which grew 43% or more than twice the rate of student growth.

Washington public schools employed 100,310 full time equivalent employees in 2011-12 for the state's 1,004,198 students, or one full time adult for each ten students.

I took the opportunity to assemble some other cost increases which are "surging" from 1992 to 2009:

Average Administrator Salary up 63%
Average Classified Salary up 54%
Average Teacher State Salary up 47%
Average Levy-funded Teacher Salary Enhancement up 145%!!!
Insurance Benefits up 150%
Total Funds Per Student up 89%
Levy Funds Per Student up 152%!

See more at:
http://www.myfreedomfoundation.com/index.php/site/view/study_shows_staffing_surge_in_wa_public_schools

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Questions and Answers on Charter Schools

We've been getting much interest in our "Informed Voter Guide," and I've taken many questions about the nature of charter school policy. I ended up writing a Q&A which addresses most of what people are asking.

http://www.myfreedomfoundation.com/index.php/site/view/questions_and_answers_about_public_charter_school_options_for_families

Challenge of this edition:
The State Board of Education is still taking comments about their rule to make it easier for districts to shorten the school year.

Send comments addressed to the State Board of Education
Email: ben.rarick@k12.wa.us
Mail: PO Box 47206 Olympia, WA 98504


As always, feel free to send your thoughts or questions along.

Jami Lund


Mr. Jami Lund
Education Reform Fellow
(360) 956-3482
http://www.facebook.com/jamilund 

 
Teacher: Why I Refuse to Send My Children to Public School

Becca Swanson, Yahoo! Contributor Network

Growing up in public school, I was the teacher's pet. I enjoyed homework, studying, and learning in general. I idolized my teachers, and felt happy in a school environment. So it's no surprise that I went to college to become a teacher. My first day of student teaching, I stepped into my assigned school and smiled. It just felt right.

A decade and many schools later, my views have changed dramatically. I now have two children, still work as a teacher, and am firm in one decision: when their time comes, I refuse to send my children to public school. Here's why:

1. Discipline - My children would be assigned to an elementary school with legendary discipline problems, behavior issues, parental uninvolvement and routine violence. A teacher's day revolves around gaining control of her class, with academics coming last.

Read more: Teacher: Why I Refuse to Send My Children to Public School
 
School superintendents call for hurting the children to protect adult paychecks

School superintendents are telling lawmakers that reducing the school year by five days will fix their budgets, report  the Everett Herald and Seattle Times.  This shows that they care more about increasing and maintaining the pay of school employees than about providing school days to children.

American students already receive so much less learning time than students in Europe and Asia, that they lose out on an entire year of schooling:  From The Economist:

Read more: School superintendents call for hurting the children to protect adult paychecks
 
School Spending is up $789 Million

The Washington Education Association (WEA) has called for a “Day of Action” rally in Olympia on November 28th, the first day of the Special Session of the Legislature.  Teachers and public school employees are being urged to leave their classrooms to attend this rally and deliver a “budget cuts hurt kids” message to legislators.  A Week of Action is planned for this week (11/14), with teachers across the state wearing “These Cuts Hurt” buttons, and the WEA placing editorials and ads in newspapers across the state claiming that school budgets have been cut.

Despite cries about hurting kids, the state education budget has not been cut.  Education spending has increased by $789 million compared to the last budget, rising from $12.9 billion in the 2009-11 budget to $13.7 in the 2011-13 budget.

This spending boost includes teacher salary step increases, pension and benefit increases, student enrollment increases, $62.2 million in new programs, $92 million for full-day kindergarten, and the start-up costs for spending $300 million to implement a new test for Washington’s students.  Reductions of 3% and 1.9% to the highest paid administrators and teachers, respectively, were included in the 2011-13 budget, but many districts were able to avoid imposing these reductions and reduced other areas of local spending instead.

Read more: School Spending is up $789 Million
 
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School administrators’ pay among highest in county

Public-school administrators remain among the county’s highest-paid public employees. Spokane, Mead and Central Valley school districts together have 133 administrators who earn more than $100,000 annually, according to records obtained by The Spokesman-Review.

Top adminstrator pay for various districts

Administrative position Salaries
2010-11
Spokane Public Schools
Superintendent
$241,765
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$186,475
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$175,295
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$169,043
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$153,427
East Valley School District
Superintendent
$182,116
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$131,204
Professional
$121,736
Other School Admin.
$121,636
Other District Admin.
$121,136
West Valley School District
Superintendent
$211,771
Professional
$172,375
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$159,608
Other District Admin.
$119,728
Director/Supervisor
$86,204
Central Valley School District
Superintendent
$169,933
Elementary Teacher
$142,733
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$133,284
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$130,330
Other District Admin.
$128,907
Director/Supervisor
$128,802
Mead School District
Superintendent
$183,687
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$129,801
Director/Supervisor
$124,978
Other District Admin.
$124,978
Other District Admin.
$124,978
Other District Admin.
$119,187
Cheney School District
Superintendent
$141,398
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$135,563
Director/Supervisor
$114,366
Other District Admin.
$107,271

Note how many earn more than $100,000 per year, when the median family income in Spokane county is less than $50,000.

Top adminstrator pay for various districts

Administrative position Salaries
2010-11
Deer Park School District
Superintendent
$124,347
Other District Admin. $106,838
Professional
$103,533
Other District Admin.
$99,197
Other District Admin.
$99,196
Nine Mile Falls School District
Superintendent
$118,442
Other District Admin.
$104,387
Director/Supervisor
$102,563
Other District Admin.
$98,818
Medical Lake School District
Superintendent
$159,342
Other District Admin.
$127,243
Other District Admin.
$121,065
Director/Supervisor
$120,028
Other School Admin.
$97,412
Riverside School District
Superintendent
$149,612
Professional
$115,269
Director/Supervisor
$76,213
Director/Supervisor
$72,073
Director/Supervisor
$65,914
Liberty School District
Superintendent
$114,844
Director/Supervisor
$75,602
Director/Supervisor
$65,954
Professional
$53,329
Freeman School District
Superintendent
$134,675
Director/Supervisor
$85,632
Director/Supervisor
$83,138
Director/Supervisor
$65,314
   

Note how many earn more than $100,000 per year, when the median family income in Spokane county is less than $50,000.

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