Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A study released today by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice shows that from 1992 to 2009 student enrollment increased 19%, but staffing levels for schools increased 34%. The largest growth was in non-teaching staff, which grew 43%—more than twice the rate of student growth.
Washington public schools employed 100,310 full time equivalent employees in 2011-12 for the state’s 1,004,198 students, or one full time adult employee for each ten students.
The chart below shows the findings of the study and additional examples of cost increases.
1 “The School Staffing Surge: Decades of Employment Growth in America’s Public Schools” Benjamin Scafidi, Oct 2012
2 “Historical Comparison of Statewide School District Personnel Table 2: Full-Time Equivalents & Average Base Salaries per 1.0 FTE” Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2011-12.
* 3 “1992-93 Shool year Certificated Personnel” Superintendent of Public Instruction (1992 unavailable)
4 “School District Personnel Summary Profiles - 2008–09 - Final Table 19” Superintendent of Public Instruction
5 “School District Personnel Summary Profiles - 2008–09 - Final” Superintendent of Public Instruction.
6 “General Fund Revenues and Other Financing Sources FY 1991-1992” Superintendent of Public Instruction, Report 1078
7 “Percent and Per Pupil of General Fund Revenues and Other Financing Sources by Enrollment Groups Fiscal Year 2008–2009” Superintendent of Public Instruction.
100,310.28 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employees 2011-12
1,004,197.98 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) students 2011-12