Iowa Schools Have More Non-Teaching Staff Than Teachers

The Iowa Senate advanced their version of the education reform bill which, at its essence, means more money for public schools and teachers.  Senate Study Bill 1228 basically would raise a teacher’s minimum salary to $35,000 and cleared educational leadership pathways by providing an additional $400 per student.  They are also increasing allowable growth by 4%.  This is a horrible bill in terms of local control.

So more money for Iowa’s public schools is the answer given by Iowa Senate Democrats?

This is fascinating considering a new study was released by the Friedman Foundation for Choice in Education that shows Iowa as one of the states whose schools employ more non-teaching staff than teachers.  And we were wondering why education was becoming more expensive?

From FY 1992 to FY 2009 we have seen a –1% change in number of students.  However the number of administrators and other non teaching staff has grown by 26%.  The ratio of students to non-teaching staff is 13.40.  The annual cost savings had the administrator/non-teaching staff rate had decreased at the same rate as students from FY 1992 to FY 2009 is $308,112,537.  This could have given teachers an annual salary increase of $8,568.00 with savings of $15,799 per classroom of 25.

All of this and schools are clamoring for more money?  I want to see local control honored, but I also believe that school boards should be fiscally responsible.  That means they need to address this non-teaching staff/administrator bloat that exists in many Iowa School Districts.

About Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart founded Iowans for Local Control in 2012 which later merged with Iowa RestorEd. Shane also is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts and the founder and president of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +.

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