After massive tax hike, Cleveland schools spend big on employee travel

By Steve Gunn on Monday, February 8th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

CLEVELAND – It’s hard to blame the teachers and residents of the Cleveland school district for questioning the need for budget cuts over the past few years. In November 2012, Cleveland voters approved a massive 15-mill property tax increase to provide new revenue for the school district. The four-year levy, described by as “the […]

Despite hundreds of six figure administrators, less than half of Jefferson County students proficient

By Steve Gunn on Monday, January 25th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Top-heavy administration in public schools often seems to be a recipe for sub-par academic results. One example is the Jefferson County, Kentucky school district, which includes the city of Louisville. In 2014, a story broke on about the percentage of resources the school district was spending on administration versus the classroom. […]

Just 14% of Baltimore students proficient, despite high administrator salaries

By Steve Gunn on Friday, January 22nd, 2016 in Spending No Comments

BALTIMORE – A published list of top salaries for the Baltimore City school district in 2013-14 is a little confusing at first. One column of the spreadsheet lists “regular earnings,” which is obviously what each employee was paid in regular salary or hourly wage. But there are two more columns – titled “additional earnings” and […]

Town official barred from schools after explaining how he’d shoot them up

By Victor Skinner on Monday, January 18th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

HAMPSTEAD, N.H. – A local budget committee chairman was banned from school property and forced to apologize after pointing out how students are most vulnerable to a sniper attack. Hampstead Budget Committee Chairman Jorge Mesa-Tejada was speaking in regards to a proposed $4.5 million renovation project at Hampstead Central School Jan. 14 when he pointed […]

1,272 Milwaukee school employees make over $100,000 a year

By Steve Gunn on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 in Spending 1 Comment

MILWAUKEE – It’s hardly a secret that Milwaukee Public Schools dug a deep financial hole over the years with overgenerous benefit packages for employees. As far back as 2010, Milwaukee City Alderman Bob Donovan pointed out that the district was spending 74 cents on employee benefits for every dollar in salary. The average teacher had […]

Tulsa staff jet to Vegas, New Orleans, DC — despite numerous ‘failing’ school grades

By Steve Gunn on Monday, January 11th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

TULSA, Okla. – Every year, public schools across the nation cumulatively spend hundreds of millions of dollars to travel and participate in various educational conferences, conventions and workshops. They justify the expense by saying that teachers and other staffers are networking and improving their skills, which will benefit students and increase the quality of instruction […]

Teacher suing union over compulsory dues slams group’s lavish travel spending

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

NEW YORK – A new website backed by television anchor turned education reformer Campbell Brown is highlighting teacher union spending on lavish accommodations, luxury travel, and other extravagances. The website “The Seventy Four” – a reference to America’s 74 million student population – reviewed financial documents filed with the U.S. Labor Department between 2011 and […]