Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Letter to Representative Kuempel debunking the myth that school district administrative staffs have "exploded over the last decade"

Representative John Kuempel
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
Fax 512-480-0391

Dear Representative Kuempel,

Thank you for taking the time to meet with our group from Guadalupe County Monday. We appreciate hearing directly from you what is happening in the legislature regarding education funding and the state budget. You mentioned that one of the things that school districts needed to do was to reduce administrative positions because “the percentage of administrators vs classroom teachers has exploded over the last decade.” You’ve been misinformed, the Texas Education Agency’s Academic Excellence Indicator System shows both the percentage of teachers and administrators have changed less than one percent in the last decade. I urge you to confirm the information provided below and not repeat that myth so you aren’t accused of misleading your constituents.

Source: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/aeis/2000/state.html

Source: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/aeis/2009/state.html

In closing I will reiterate our desire to see education funding equal the last biennium and total use of the Rainy Day Fund. As a native of South Louisiana who has lived through my share of hurricanes, if it isn’t raining now then I don’t know what a Texas hurricane would look like.

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