The number of people (even candidates) complaining that any money at all for schools doesn’t go to classrooms but always goes to administration is a disgusting tactic to pit staff against staff and to sway the average person into believing there is waste in funding.
We KNOW our schools are underfunded, we pay less per student than Mississippi and Alabama, which is completely shameful!
Not only are our teachers and classified staff underpaid and overworked, but our administrators do the work of 2-3 people and have been for quite some time. If you volunteer at a school at all, you know you’ll find your principal there very early and very late trying to accomplish the work of the many unfunded mandates our legislature has put their plates. The staff at the Ed Center also do the work to support our school staff, school administrators, and classrooms, without their hard work, the classrooms would be even more chaotic.
Thanks to our friends at the Colorado School Finance Project, we have some hard data to share with you. We hope you’ll read this, share it, and maybe also remember that the staff in these positions are just as important as those in the classrooms, on buses, cleaning the classrooms, in the offices, and fixing roofs.
There are over 900,000 public education students in Colorado and there are over 54,000 teachers for those students.
There are FEWER than 2,500 administrators.
Because the number of school administrators is so much smaller than the number of teachers and students, any increase to that number will proportionally seem much larger. Again, questionable people use math to trick others into thinking the number is HUGE.
When looking at all Colorado school districts and BOCES, the average increase from 2011-2018 (that’s a 7- year period) was:
When you look at the average of Colorado school districts and BOCES, separate from one district that received a grant requiring administrators and reporting, the increase in administrators averaged 1.6 over the total 7-year period between 2011 and 2018.
This equates to an additional .23 of an administrative position per year per district.
In reality, over half of all school district and BOCES added NO administrative positions over the past seven years.
Many districts have been forced to add administrators to coordinate programs created by unfunded mandates. These include teacher evaluation, the READ Act, Individual and Career Academic plans, etc. The percent of special education and 504 students has increased significantly over the same 7-year period which has required additional administrators to run these programs.
Amendment 73 allows local communities to decide how to spend desperately-needed funds in their own schools. Many school districts have passed resolutions detailing how they would spend the money, so there is transparency and accountability to local taxpayers.