Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Educational Administrators--Let Me Count the Ways

Let me count the ways that school administrators only advocate for themselves, their supervisors and NOT teachers, staff or students.

One, they advocate for lump sum salary increases so that they may chose where to allocate the raises. Want to bet who gets the most benefit from that form of increases in pay. Administrators pay lobbyists large sums of money to keep the process set in stone. Legislators are bought and paid for by administrators who could careless about teachers, staff, or students.

Two, administrators drag out the contract process with unions so that pay increase can be held back. The money that would go to educators pay is redirected to administrative salaries. Let’s get this straight 1% of $25,000 is $250 while 1% of $250,000 is $2,500 which is not the same.

Three, the only reason most administrators get excited about pension plans is because as top salaries earners with six figure salaries they stand to loss the most. Some get the school to pay both halves of the required contribution so that they pay nothing. They call that a deferred salary benefit. Teachers and staff never get those types of benefits.

Four, most teachers and staff are part-time employees by design of administrators so that they don’t get benefits. In some schools this can and does reach above 70% of the teaching staff. This is not good for students since it encourages higher turnover in the teacher and staff.

Five, administrators never name a building after a teacher or staff member but only their rich friends and themselves. God forbid that they should ever name a build after a high achieving student.

Six, staff and teachers buy supplies for low income students out of their own pockets. How many administrators have every paid for school supplies even thought they get much more in salaries.

Seven, administrators cut staff and teachers long before they cut administrators when the budget gets tight. Administrators will allow six figure salaried vice presidents to retire just to return to work as consultants at outrages sums of money.

Eight, administrators work top down and could careless about employee input into hiring, evaluations, health and safety, and approach to teaching styles or even testing. Why put someone on the hiring committee that actual dose the job everyday?

Nine, administrators short staff positions to keep the budget down but only with staff and teachers. Clearly administrators and supervisors have more to do since some of them spend a lot of time sexually harassing their lower level employees for years while human resources backs them up. Yet, if a teacher should loss his temper for just a few minutes than that person is fired on the spot.

Yes, we all understand just how important it is for administrators, supervisors, teachers, staff, and students to work together to better improve the educational system. Some, no most would call that a delusion or a fantasy perpetrated by legislators and school administrators,