At a time when teacher pay is stagnant, administrator pay has skyrocketed in secondary schools (“Growth in Administrative Staff, Assistant Principals Far Outpaces Teacher Hiring,” Education Next, Oct. 1). Half the states now have more non-instructional personnel than teachers.
One of the reasons for the growth is the ever-increasing demand for equity. For example, when the media reported that Black students are suspended more often than white students for the same misbehavior, districts responded by hiring administrators whose sole responsibility was to erase the disparity.
The real need is for more classroom teachers who can engage students from diverse backgrounds. Yet we do too little to recruit and retain them, instead focusing on hiring more administrators.
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