I got in a fun discussion with some of the school techs across the State today. A tech job opened up at one of the big school districts (5000+ K-12). The salary is $80,000. I commented that seems excessive considering highest teacher salary for the district was $10,000 lower. One of the smarter techs pointed out the 9 month versus 12 month detail. OK, so $80,000 is in the neighborhood if a senior teacher was paid for 12 months. I can let that go. The argument that came up that did not make sense was that a tech for this position has to be highly qualified and that to attract personnel of this caliber requires a good salary. With very little thought that implies teachers do not need to be highly qualified or high salaries are not needed to attract good teachers? Something wrong there.
Could this be one of the issues with US education in that it is more important to attract good administration personnel than to attract good teachers? In my mind it is important that both be good to ensure a good school.