Does Georgia Spend Too Much on School Administrators Instead of Teachers?

Investigative
EDUCATION
INVESTIGATION
POLITICS & POLICY
TAXES,MONEY & GOVERNMENT
7 min read
1345 words
Beau Evans
Mar 10, 2022
Key Points
  • Georgia increased spending on public k-12 school administrators by 106% from 2001 to 2019 – compared to an 88% spending increase for teachers.
  • Georgia’s teacher salaries ranked in the bottom third of states in 2019 amid rising costs to employ principals and superintendents.
  • Critics question whether taxpayer money would be better spent on boosting pay for teachers instead of increasing administrative staff.
Costs to pay public-school administrators in Georgia more than doubled over the past two decades, rising faster than the state’s annual spending on teachers and classroom supplies, State Affairs has found. Across the U.S., states increased their budgets for superintendents, principals and their office staff by an average 89% between 2001 to 2019 – roughly ...

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