The Governor's latest reform proposal caps education administrator pay and puts an end to abuses in the system.OK, I'm just a music teacher, but even I know that you don't compare wage increases to inflation - you compare them to other wages increases. Duh.This action has the potential to save almost $9.8 million and help ensure that the maximum amount of education funding stays in the classroom. On average, superintendents' salaries have risen over twice the rate of inflation - a nearly 46 percent increase since 2001. This is a higher increase than teacher compensation or overall education spending. The ultimate cost to New Jersey taxpayers is over $100 million.
Fortunately, Bruce Baker is there to take on the stupid:
But, but, but.... gold-plated benefits! Or something...So, let’s review:
- New Jersey administrative salaries do not seem to be the major driver of school district budgets over time. They have not crept out of control and consumed larger shares of school district budgets.
- New Jersey administrative salaries have not grown with respect to regional wage growth over time. Adjusted for regional wage growth, district and school level administrative salaries have been relatively flat.
- New Jersey public school district superintendents tend to be paid much lower salaries than those of private independent school headmasters for private independent schools geographically located in their district. Further the private independent schools tend to be much smaller in enrollment than a typical public school district.
- Relatively large numbers of nearby superintendents in New York State earn salaries in excess of the highest New Jersey superintendent salaries, and far in excess of the maximum on the proposed salary scales above.
Read Bruce's whole report, but I'll just add:
- As I said before, your local superintendent spends a huge amount of time preparing for school budget votes. How about doing something about that to help efficiency?
- Like every other educational position in the state, superintendents have an entire set of mandated qualifications they have to meet to even be considered for the job. These qualifications pretty much lock you in to this career track once you start. Now that we've imposed arbitrary limits on their pay, do you think it may be less likely that qualified individuals will pursue this path?
- Bruce's comparison of private and public administrators is quite brilliant. I was thinking of a comparison with the executive manager of a Fortune 500 company division that had hundreds of employees. Think they'd give up their options to manage 10,000 students and probably over 1,000 staff for $175K?
Let's be clear - this is all about vilifying public workers, because we dare not take on the real cost drivers in this state's government.