These two figures provide some updated context to an earlier post on Arbitrary Pay Limits for NJ Administrators. The bombastic rhetoric on this topic refuses to die down. So, here are a few more figures to put NJ public school district administrator salaries into context. Note that these two figures compare THE TOP 20 SUPERINTENDENT SALARIES to salaries of a) the majority of private independent school headmasters statewide, and b) the average of a large number of NJ Hospital administrators (non-physician chief executives). Just a little more fodder for the conversation.
Mean and Median Compensation by Group
Top 20 Public School Superintendents (2009-10) Compared with Private School Headmasters (2008)
Bruce Baker is an Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. From 1997 to 2008 he was a professor at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. He is lead author with Preston Green (Penn State University) and Craig Richards (Teachers College, Columbia University) of Financing Education Systems, a graduate level textbook on school finance policy published by Merrill/Prentice-Hall. Professor Baker has written a multitude of peer reviewed research articles on state school finance policy, teacher labor markets, school leadership labor markets and higher education finance and policy. His recent work has focused on measuring cost variations associated with schooling contexts and student population characteristics, including ways to better design state school finance policies and local district allocation formulas (including Weighted Student Funding) for better meeting the needs of students.
Baker, along with Preston Green of Penn State University are co-authors of the chapter on Conceptions of Equity in the recently released Handbook of Research Education Finance and Policy, and co-authors of the chapter on the Politics of Education Finance in the Handbook of Education Politics and Policy and co-authors of the chapter on School Finance in the Handbook of Education Policy of the American Educational Research Association.
Professor Baker has also consulted for state legislatures, boards of education and other organizations on education policy and school finance issues and has testified in state school finance litigation in Kansas, Missouri and Arizona. He is a member of the Think Tank Review Panel, a group of academic researchers who conduct technical reviews of publicly released think tank reports on education policy issues.
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