Rochester, NY school administrators take 33 days off per year, despite dismal student proficiency

By Steve Gunn on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

ROCHESTER, N.Y.  – The Rochester school district’s sick day and vacation policy for administrators appears to be a bit problematic. The district takes it on the chin when principals, vice principals, department heads and other administrators are absent, which happens quite frequently. The district also takes it on the chin when they come to work, […]

‘Diversity’ speaker contracts reveal lifestyles of rich and famous ‘social justice warriors’

By Steve Gunn on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 in Spending 7 Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With racial tensions boiling over in some sectors of society, transgender issues provoking debate, and progressive academics pushing radical concepts like “white privilege,” universities have been investing more money in departments and programs addressing racial and cultural diversity. At some schools, like Ohio State University, it’s a great deal of money. The […]

Chicago teachers highest paid among nation’s 50 largest school districts

By Illinois Policy Institute on Friday, April 1st, 2016 in Spending 2 Comments

CHICAGO –The Chicago Teachers Union, or CTU, on Feb. 1 rejected Chicago Public Schools’, or CPS’, contract offer, which would have provided salary increases for teachers but required that they contribute fully to their pensions. Given CTU’s rejection of the contract – and the vitriol that CTU officials directed at CPS after the district’s Feb. […]

Philly school union members have 1.18 million paid days off banked!

By Steve Gunn on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 in Spending 1 Comment

PHILADELPHIA – The taxpayers of Philadelphia might be interested in knowing that they are on the hook for about $300 million to pay teachers and school administrators for days they did not work. That’s right. The Philadelphia school district, like many other districts across the nation, have attendance polices for teachers and administrators that provide […]

Pittsburgh administrators rake in big pay, despite below-average student performance

By Steve Gunn on Friday, March 18th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

PITTSBURGH – It seems the Pittsburgh school district has a long-term problem with debt. While many districts around the nation have recovered financially since the Great Recession, Pittsburgh seems plagued with constant budget deficits. In January 2014, for example, the district had an “operating deficit” of about $14 million, after raising property taxes by two […]

Prince George, MD schools get more money, spend big on hotels, restaurants

By Steve Gunn on Monday, March 14th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – In December 2014, the Prince George’s Public School District in Maryland imposed a district-wide “selective” hiring freeze, and announced that all departments would be asked to limit discretionary spending, to deal with anticipated budget problems, according to the Washington Post. This occurred as school district Chief Kevin Mitchell requested an increase […]

Newburgh, NY schools cut teachers while administrators rake in big bucks

By Steve Gunn on Monday, March 14th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – Almost a year ago, teachers in the Newburgh, New York school district were angered over an administrative proposal to eliminate 17 teaching assistant positions. Superintendent Roberto Padilla recommended the cuts so the district would have enough money to hire five new kindergarten teachers and decrease class sizes, according to “If we’re […]

Denver school workers use district credit cards to pay for speeding tickets, flowers, jewelry, donuts

By Steve Gunn on Friday, March 4th, 2016 in Spending, Uncategorized No Comments

DENVER – Are large school districts capable of effectively monitoring the transactions of hundreds of employees who are issued school credit cards? And if not, should purchasing become a more centralized function, with fewer credit cards issued to staff? The experience of Denver Public Schools seems to suggest that schools can demand accountability from credit […]

Brentwood, NY schools pay big salaries, but only 14% of 3rd graders proficient in English

By Steve Gunn on Monday, February 29th, 2016 in Spending 3 Comments

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. – Here’s an interesting comparison. The Dallas, Texas school district has about 160,000 students and had 211 employees earn at least $100,000 in straight salary in 2014-15. The Seattle, Washington school district has about 50,000 students and had 275 employees reach six figures that year. The San Francisco school district has about 57,000 […]

Montebello, CA administrators rake in big pay while academic performance comes up short

By Steve Gunn on Monday, February 29th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

MONTEBELLO, Calif. – In 2012, California voters approved a massive tax hike to support public schools. Proposition 30, which passed with 55 percent of the vote, increased the state sales tax from 7.25 to 7.5 percent. It also imposed large income tax increases on wealthier Californians. Taxes were increased 10.3 percent on those making between […]

Wasteful spending in high-poverty schools compounds problems

By Steve Gunn on Friday, February 26th, 2016 in Spending, Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.C. – It’s difficult enough to provide effective instruction for K-12 students from poor neighborhoods. Too many come from homes where education is not valued or respected, or where substandard living conditions prevent children from focusing the necessary attention on their studies. That situation is only made worse when officials in school districts […]

1,194 San Bernardino school workers made $100,000+, despite poor student achievement

By Steve Gunn on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 in Spending 1 Comment

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Everyone knows that California is a wonderland for Big Labor. Nowhere is that more painfully obvious than in public schools, where labor costs remain very high due to aggressive collective bargaining every few years at contract time. And there doesn’t seem to be much of a connection between increased salaries, more […]

Over 500 East Ramapo employees paid $100k despite program cuts

By Steve Gunn on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 in Spending 3 Comments

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. – It’s obviously good to be an employee in New York’s East Ramapo school district – at least for those who haven’t been laid off. More than 500 of them were paid salaries of more than $100,000 in 2014-15, despite the fact that the school district has been in a chronic state […]