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Report Critiques Growth in TN School Administrators

Tennessee teachers could have gotten annual raises of $8,367 over an almost two-decade period, if school boards had curbed growth in the number of administrators they employ, says TNReport.
That’s the message in a new report by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, based in Indianapolis.
The bump represents a 17.8 percent increase in pay on the $47,000 salary a typical Tennessee teacher takes home.
Using student population as the benchmark, the foundation examined growth in the central offices in school districts across America, from 1992 to 2009.
The number of non-teaching staff jumped 46 percent nationally, compared to a 17 percent increase in students – or less than half the rate of growth in the administrative ranks.
Tennessee closely followed the national trend line, with administrators and staff increasing 49 percent, compared to a 17 percent increase in students.
“As the dramatic growth of non-teaching staff in public schools shows, throwing more money at education is not the answer,” said Justin Owen, with the free-market Beacon Center in Nashville. The Beacon Center works with the Friedman Foundation to promote school choice.
….Tennessee would have realized more than $543.2 million in savings annually. Nationally, the figure was more than $24.2 billion annually.
To derive the teacher raises estimate, the foundation took the $543.2 million in savings, divided by the number of teachers in the state in 2009.

Still More Maneuvers in Election Administrator Matters

The Hawkins County Election Administrator has become the 13th plaintiff in a U.S. District Court lawsuit that seeks to void firing of Democratic administrators by Republican election commissioners.
The dust still hasn’t settled on the Unicoi County Election Commission, where the Democratic administrator was retained and two Republican election commissioners quit.
And, in Rutherford County, the election commission may hire an attorney to help defend Republican commissioners in the federal lawsuit.
See, also, an earlier posting on the novelty in Knox, where a retained Democrat has hired a Republican deputy.