More Money Is Not The Answer – Providing Children With An Excellent Education Is

Coalition of education groups calls for $2B increase in school aid by Keshia Clukey of Politico states:

“ALBANY — A coalition of major state education organizations is calling on the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to increase school aid by $2 billion in the 2018-19 state budget.

The New York State Educational Conference Board’s recommendations include a $1.5 billion increase in state aid to maintain current services and an additional $500 million in targeted funding, according to a report provided to POLITICO. The targeted funds would assist struggling schools, invest in professional development, help meet the needs of English language Learners, strengthen college and career pathways, and assist districts with growing enrollments, according to a news release accompanying the report.”

According to salary.com, “The median annual School Superintendent salary in Rochester, NY is $153,351, as of October 30, 2017, with a range usually between $125,266-$185,034 not including bonus and benefit information and other factors that impact base pay.”

The same site states, “The median annual School Principal salary in Rochester, NY is $101,653, as of November 28, 2017, with a range usually between $89,784-$114,346 not including bonus and benefit information and other factors that impact base pay.”

According to nydatabases.com, “The New York Department of Education requires school districts to report the salaries and titles of their top ADMINISTRATORS based on a threshold it sets each year — but doesn’t release the names. Districts had to report ADMINISTRATORS who will earn $130,000 or more for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. The data does not include administrators who earn below the annual threshold. The state also does not require the big 5 city school districts to report their salaries. (Rochester is a Big Five district)”

In reviewing the RCSD approved budget for the 2017-18 school year, there are 299 administrative positions accounting for $31,648,104 of the annual budget. This figure does not include their benefits.

In a failing district one must ask, “Why are there so many administrators being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars each year when our schools are not properly educating our children?”

The problem is not how much money there is in education, but how education tax dollars are spent.

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