Charter Schools and the The Ghastly Patronage math Fighting them.

One of the things that has confused me quite a bit in the battle for charter school both in general and here in Massachusetts per question 2 is the math behind the opposition.

As a rule the voters who tend so support charter schools the most are the very poor voters whose children are trapped in failing schools that many of the opponents of charter schools have failed to serve.

And while the Teachers unions are almost completely united against charter schools many individual teachers are not all that pleased with their unions decisions and when given the chance to abandon the unions as they were in Wisconsin, left them in drove.

This would indicate a giant contradiction, one would think that rather than opposing and jeopardizing one’s base, one would embrace them, additionally simple math will tell you that even if the teachers were united against charter schools the number of students and parents would benefit from them vastly outnumbers them, after all every kid that goes to a charter school is one less added to an existing classroom.

So why are so many leaders willing to fight against them? the Answer comes from some figures concerning students teachers and bureaucrats put together by Ben Scafidi of Kennesaw State University.

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Yes you are seeing that right, since 1992 staffing has increased at a rate nearly double as students and even more incredibly administration has increased at an even greater rate than teachers.

Now one might argue that the increase in teachers is a good thing as it would result in smaller class sizes but can you really argue that we schools needed that incredible increase in administrators?

and what does that kind of increase in administration beyond the increase in student cost?

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That’s an awful lot of money being spent that to provide jobs for bureaucrats.

As far as Massachusetts goes, here are the number

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the Numbers of teachers has increased at a rate 100% higher than then number of students, But as you can see the number of school administrators by a rate 150% more than the increase in students.

How much did all those administrators cost Massachusetts?

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Now you might say “but datechguy, hasn’t all these administrators and extra teachers paid off?”

Not according to the stats

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I interviewed professor Scafidi at the amplify choice event in Denver last month about these figures.

The current system is only been successful at one thing, providing patronage and jobs to every bureaucrat that needs it.

And it’s to protect that $395 Million in patronage locally and 27.1 Billion in patronage nationally and the power that patronage provides that those fighting charter schools are really looking to protect.