#FeedbackFriday – Are schools really underfunded?

We hear it over and over again…schools need more money. The average school district had fallen into a deficit at some point in the last 3 years, many facing deficits in the millions of dollars. But with so many districts having fiscal issues, are schools really underfunded or just inefficient?

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Methacton S.D. planned to hire a $100K Transportation Manager

What prompted this question was information from a mom in the Methacton School District in Pennsylvania. The school board received heavy flack from the community about the hiring of a “Transportation Manager” for $100K. Basically the person who makes sure buses get from point-A to point-B would garner a $100K district salary (and the pension that comes with it). Many people in the district began questioning the deficit that is fueling a planned closure of 2 schools in favor of the construction of a new larger school.

So for today’s #FeedbackFriday tell us folks – are schools really underfunded or just really inefficient?

Joanna Walls
Joanna Walls
joanna.walls@franklinfound.org

<p>Joanna Walls a mother to a young son. She believes in the importance of early childhood education and access to a quality education for children regardless of their socioeconomic status. </p> <p>A graduate of Bryn Mawr University and Capella University where she received her Masters Degree in Business Administration, Joanna has spent her career helping others. She worked as a social worker in some of Philadelphia’s most depressed neighborhood before transitioning into Human Resources.</p>

  • Marie from Wilmington

    I just read this question and I think the answer is maybe. Schools are underfunded when it comes to buying books and paying teachers, but administrators make a ridiculous amount of money and so do their lackeys and that’s a big problem. School funding needs to be better regulated. I saw someone mention on Twitter that a superintendent in New Jersey makes $250K a year! Like seriously? That is ridiculous and wasteful because there is nothing a superintendent does in a classroom. They have zero impact on individual student learning. Sorry to rant but so much money is wasted on admin salaries, and large district offices, and administrative pensions that it makes me wanna puke.

  • oldbrainteacher

    All School ? That may be too broad to answer.

    In our district. 73% of the teacher have masters degrees. The average pay for those same teachers is 52,000 .
    A masters in business or engineering, Would almost double in value.

    If the hope is to get high quality work out of high quality employees than It can be argued that they are underfunded.

    Is there a waste of resources within the system. Yes.

    I have however noted that the larger the system of any kind the larger the percentage of miss allocation and wasteful spending.

  • North Jersey Reader

    1. Some of us question when we see salaries for district employees that seem better than the for-profit sector.
    That said, a district transportation manager probably must know:
    -state education law re special needs students
    -labor regulations/hiring & scheduling
    -safety issues
    -equipment & maintenance
    -purchasing/leasing
    -discrete math for routing/which software program best meets district needs

    I don’t know the enrollment # for the district you mentioned. In NJ, some smaller districts collaborate to hire for certain positions.