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‘Chop from the top’ in schools stirs debate

Cuomo calls for fewer managers to cut costs

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“Chop from the top” has been Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mantra as he claims that school districts are top-heavy with overpaid administrators. But some education advocates say finding skilled people for the jobs requires that school districts pay what the market will bear. The issue has come to the forefront as the governor proposes cutting school aid by $1.5 billion to help close a $10 billion budget deficit. Cuomo says schools can maintain educational programs with ...

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February 27, 2011
6:46 a.m.

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mgriffith, you may be right, but no one will pay attention if YOU KEEP SHOUTING AT THEM!

February 27, 2011
8:10 a.m.

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you can't look at just superintendants. You have to look at all the other administrative jobs at the top: assistant superintendants assistant to the super. That goes for principals as well. Then you have to look at supervisors, and assistant supervisors. And every one of your top people have to have secretaries. Then let's move on to department heads and teachers who act as department heads for a stipend and to get their teaching hours cut short and to increase their pay to get a better pension. Next let's get to the state mandates that have to be taken care of by supervisors( or theeir secretaries) Then let's move on to federal programs that need administrators to work out all the details. You need one superintendant, one principal per school building and you need to teach the basics first.
and if parents taught good old fashioned values at home you wouldn't need disciplinarians to help the principals.

February 27, 2011
11:51 p.m.

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How about everytime they want to upgrade a building it doesn't have to be the Taj Mahal,put up a basic building and not a bunch of Glitz,ya know they always want theirs better than everyone else's,There is no need for 3 million dollar auditorium at a school district I used to work for !!!