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Published: Friday, May 9 2014 5:00 p.m. MDT

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worf
Mcallen, TX

Quite honestly.

Many teachers could do this job nicely for a fifth of the pay.

abrady
murray, UT

Absolutely Worf,

Any teacher with PhD in education, who has experience managing a professional staff of 300, can interpret and implement the laws passed by the legislature, and the political savvy to deal with the politicezed school board should apply.

Oh and by the way at 1/5th the salary of they should anticipate a pay cut.

worf
Mcallen, TX

@abrady:

Phd is just three letters!

* Managing a professional staff of 300 is more of a challenge then students? No!
* Teachers also interpret and implement the laws passed by the legislature. It's the standardized tests with all of its laws, and regulations. Plus more.
* Teachers also deal with the savvy of politicezed school boards, state requirements, students, and parents.
* Many superintendents exceed $300,000 per year. That's not a pay cut at 20%.

Learning takes place in the classroom, and teachers are hindered by decisions of superintendents, and legislatures.

IMO,--a recent teacher would be much more effective, because they know the classroom environment, and challenges. Superintendents, and legislatures know very little of child behavior.

Don't under estimate the skills of a teacher.

abrady
murray, UT

@worf

It's not about underesti, acting the skills of a teacher. It is about understanding the skill set needed to do a totally different job. Managing A staff of 300 is totally different than managing students. Managing the politics of the legislature is significantly different than managing the politics of a classroom. By the way Utah pays less than $200 for this job, and it is 11 months not 9, so yeah, 20% would be a pay cut.

Part of the problem with the politics of education is that most people think they went to school so they know how it should work, and therefore professional educators are undervalued. Case in point "PhD is just three letters".

I certainly appreciate the work that teachers do, but administering the policies of the Legislature and the State School Board is much different, especially with our Legislature, here.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Administering the policies of the Legislature and the State School Board are like placing speed bumps on the road to education.

There are towns in Minnesota, where the superintendent's job is part time, and teachers take turns being the principal. Student test scores are above the national average.

We complicate things. Administering the policies of the Legislature and the State School Board is mostly a waste of time, and funds. A game which hinders education. IMO.

Education takes place in the classroom. That's where the relevant skills are. Teaching and learning.

Who created the complexity of today's education?.

Many superintendents would struggle being a teacher.

abrady
murray, UT

The State legislature created the current situation by passing the laws that the school system operates in; and good luck getting them to give up any power (despite all their talk about how important it is to have local control of education).

That said, saying that education takes place in the class room and that administration is speedbump is like saying that eating takes place in the dining room so who needs the kitchen.

Finally, didn't most superintendents start as teachers?

worf
Mcallen, TX

Why do superintendents leave the classroom? Many couldn't handle it.

Kitchens can be modified to run efficient, and be an aid to the operations, rather than a speed bump.

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