October 27, 2012
LOWER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Bursting The Administrative Bubble.
Between 1950 and 2009, the number of K-12 public school students increased by 96 percent. During that same period, the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) school employees grew by 386 percent. Of those personnel, the number of teachers increased by 252 percent, while the ranks of administrators and other staff grew by 702 percent—more than 7 times the increase in students.
So “administrative bloat” isn’t just a problem for higher education. If you got rid of some of those administrators, you could use the money to pay teachers more, and hire better teachers.