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The public school, rent increases far exceed increases in the enrollment of students, study

For the last six decades, AMERICAN public schools are hiring teachers and non-teaching staff at rates that far exceeds the increase in the enrolment of students. While the number of teachers increased by two and a half times faster than the enrollment of students, the number of non-teaching staff increased more than seven times as much as the increase of the students, according to a new report.

In the study, published by EdChoice, a nonpartisan organization, economist Ben Scafidi found that since the 1950s there has been a disproportionate growth in the hiring of full-time employees employed in positions outside of education, including district and school administrators, teacher aides, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers.

With the help of data annually by the states to the U.S. Department of Education, Scafidi reports that between 1950 and 2015, public schools added full-time staff, most of whom were not teachers with a speed nearly four times that of the registration of students of the growth.

“The data is pretty shocking. Over the past six decades, the real increase in expenditure were diverted away from teacher salaries for the recruitment of administrative and non-teaching staff and there was no measurable increase in student test scores,” says Scafidi, who first reported on this trend in reports released in 2012 and 2013.

Scafidi tells Fox News in the 1950s and 1960s, these increases were justified to adjust to the desegregation of the schools, and even in the beginning of the 1990s when more schools open their doors for the special needs of the students.

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But, he says, the relentless rise has come at a cost to taxpayers, teachers and students. More importantly, the increase of the investments to measurable improvements in student test scores.

The slowdown in the growth of the witness during the recession was short-lived as spending and hiring trends are reflected. From 1992 until 2015, public schools saw a 27 percent per-student increase in funding, but the teacher salaries have stagnated.

In 2014 the public schools were, on average, $12,355 per student, in inflation-adjusted dollars, but the public school teachers experienced a 2 percent decrease in wages.

“If the increase in all other contributors had only matched student enrollment growth between 1992 and 2015, we can has realized almost $ 35 billion in annual recurring savings. That is $ 35 billion each year, from 1992 to 2015,” says Scafidi.

If the increase in the hiring of non-academic staff members had paired student enrollment growth between 1992 and 2015, the schools would have realized almost $ 35 billion in annual recurring savings. That is $ 35 billion each year, from 1992 to 2015.

– Ben Scafidi

He claims that the savings can be used to give every teacher in the country a permanent $11,128 increase in salary or it can be used to have the $8,000 to approximately 4.36 million students, so that they can establish a college savings account, or to pay for private school tuition.

The historical trend in the recruitment of administrative personnel is also developed in 2014 a study by the Fordham Institute, a Washington-based education think tank.

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In her report, examining data from the National Center for Education Statistics, Fordham found that states with large urban populations had a lower staff-student ratios (California, Texas, Florida and Illinois), while states such as New Hampshire and Maine had higher ratios.

The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers did not respond to requests for comment. However, the AFT has a problem rebuttal 2014 a study by the Fordham Institute that found a similar increase.

“School support staff are an essential part of our public schools. They are the backbone of our system. To imply that we need to thin their ranks is a direct threat to the public school students who rely on them,” Secretary-Treasurer Loretta Johnson said in defense of the employment of “paraprofessionals.”

Among the countries with the largest increase in non-teaching staff were Vermont, Maryland, Connecticut, Maine and New Mexico.

But things can change. After years of strengthening the ranks of “all other employees,” New Mexico seems to be on the edge of the invert of the course.

A simmering battle between the state and the district officials boiled over in April, when the New Mexico Public Education Department Albuquerque Public Schools a “bloated” organisation and in the public appeared a list of the names and salaries of those APS employees who earned more than $100,000 per year.

According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, as many as 35 persons together earned more than $4 million, compared with only 20 employees a total of $2.4 million in 2011 at a time when enrolment of pupils has fallen.

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