Last edited by Lakey; 07-25-2012 at 02:51 PM.
Phila. SRC approves $300,000 salary for Hite
This new more "transparent" SRC approved Hite's contract last night and then released the contract to the public.
A comparison of Hite's and Ackerman's salaries and benefits which weirdly misses the SDP $25K/month retirement contributions for Hite reported above with whatever the heck Ackerman was getting:
How Hite's contract compares to Ackerman's
I'm glad the criteria for his performance bonus is at least spelled out. Pretty sure the last SRC let Ackerman decide her own criteria and rate herself (Surprise! She thought she was doing pretty well).
PSSA-cheating reforms yield lower scores across Pa.
After authorities imposed unprecedented security measures on the 2012 statewide exams, test scores tumbled across Pennsylvania, The Inquirer has learned.
At some schools, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ronald Tomalis said, the drops are "noticeable" - 25 percent or more
I shocked to read in that article that several principals have actually confessed to cheating. The article says they can't be prosecuted for past cheating but they can be from here on. I just want to see how many end up losing their certification. That has ALWAYS been a consequence of cheating and held over teachers' heads.
I find it utterly sad that this is now considered par for the course when it comes to these kinds of positions.
I mean, you could cap the salary at some arbitrarily low rate to save the district $50-100k a year, and just hope that the right candidate would still be interested in the job, but it just seems churlish for an institution with a $2.5bn budget, whether it's in the toilet or not.
If I were Captain Picard, I'd say "Make it so."
Since they let Michael Masch cling on until this May and Lee Nunery is still at the SDP, I'm not so sure.
This probably had a little to do with it too: Amid charter growth and fraud charges, city leaders consider overhaul of District office | Philadelphia Public School Notebook
In May, the Philadelphia School Partnership submitted on behalf of the Great Schools Compact a $7 million grant proposal to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
That proposal, which officials now describe as a preliminary draft, included a plan to raise millions of philanthropic dollars to “reimagine” the charter office so that charters like it more:
"Because a revamped charter office must be adequately staffed if it is to effectively support charters and rebuild trust, we request that a portion of the collaboration grant, $800,000, go toward setup and staffing costs... We will leverage the [Gates] Foundation’s funding with local philanthropic funds on at least a 1-to-1 matching basis, and preferably a 2-to-1 or 3-to-1 basis."
An extended “Outcomes & Milestones” section of the proposal lists only one indicator on which the success of the proposed charter office overhaul would be directly evaluated:
"Significant improvement in charters’ perceptions of charter office, as evidenced on charter-operator surveys."
Judicial Salaries--Posner - The Becker-Posner Blog), which your argument about superintendent salaries reminded me of.
That post was incredibly hard to read because of the lack of formatting (not your fault, obviously), so I had to skim a bit. But the basic conclusion -- that a lawyer making $1 million a year isn't going to walk away from that to be a judge because a judge's salary was increased from $175K to $250K -- is I think correct.
I agree we shouldn't be overly stingy -- people should get paid appropriately for what they do. But to tie government salaries to both their importance and budgetary responsibilities in a way that is commensurate with the private sector would bankrupt us all (especially for the more senior positions).
And really, do we want public servants whose #1 criteria in accepting a position is how much they can make from it? I think if that's the kind of people we're trying to recruit, we're setting ourselves up for some serious problems down the road. Let those people go into finance. They already cause enough problems there.