The primary education system in this country has a adopted the private corporate management business model to further justify the exorbitant cost of your children's education.
In New York State, many school superintendents makes more money in salary and benefits than Governor Andrew Cuomo. This oftentimes includes the payment of lifetime healthcare insurance premiums paid by the school district depending upon how savvy the superintendent's agent negotiates the private contract with the school board on behalf of his/her client.
What does a school superintendent do to earn such a ridiculous compensation plan? They are polished administrators trained in education speak to assure the parents of the district the polices they enact and the bloated financial budget for the district they demand will benefit their children and turn them into high achievers well positioned to enter college. The reality is these lofty goals are rarely met or the metrics that measure student performance are cleverly lowered to show progress in learning.
Superintendents are nothing more than overpaid public relations spokespersons. The principals of each of the schools in the district all have graduate degrees in education and are more than capable of managing their own school budgets. They could meet with the school board to hammer out an overall district budget instead of a some high level bureaucrat who makes broad policy that has little in the way of meaningful substance.
Your primary interface with the public education system is the school in the district where your child attends. If you have an issue you talk with the teacher or someone in the administrative staff on up to the principal of the school. If you are still not satisfied direct your concern to the school board since you elected them as your representatives.
The idea of an overarching district administration is an overrun in cost that parents can no longer afford. It's time to significantly reduce the size of it along with the paper pushers who make up the staff and contribute little to the academic needs of the children.
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