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I hope your readers will remember that, other than raises granted by the state legislature or local governments, the only way teachers in Georgia are able to increase their salary is to go to graduate school (at their expense) to earn advanced degrees in their field. Retirement for teachers is based on what they individually earned, not the average pay for system employees. Those teachers with the highest salaries have the most training and usually many years experience. Often they have been with our system their entire career. Rather than implying Fayette County is paying teachers too much, perhaps Fayette County should be praised for maintaining qualified professionals who have devoted their careers to the system. They are usually the mentors in their building to whom beginning teachers turn. Perhaps a future article could examine the years experience and graduate degrees earned by teachers in Fayette County in comparison to other counties in the metro area.
If you could point me to a central data collection point that is open to the public (comparable to open.georgia.gov), I would be eager to research and write that story. I suspect there is no such databank. And how would one gather that information otherwise?
Replying to Tracer & gplanman,
Assuming the 20% inflation since 2008 is accurate (I don’t believe that it is), how many folks can say their income is up 20% since 2008?
– The bigger statement “No story here.”
REALLY – Did you see the part above where there is: 1.1 new kids for every 1 new staff member since 2016. i.e. 307 new students since 2016 with 283 new full time hires.
Regarding the comment:
“No one, 60 years of age and older, and owns property that is assessed a property tax, pays taxes that financially support public school.”
WRONG See link below. Only if you are 65 or over AND total income is below $15,000 (husband & wife) do you get the deduction from the school taxes.
please remember, the naysayers on public school budgets are by those individuals, who no longer pay taxes that financially support public schools. No one, 60 years of age and older, and owns property that is assessed a property tax, pays taxes that financially support public school. But this non-paying senior citizens are the loudest, with their objections about how much money is being spent on public school education.
No story here. If the 2008 budget of $197M is adjusted for inflation you would expect a 2019 budget of $233.7M. What the editor of the Citizen is telling us is that the FCBOE has actually increased teaching resources available to the system while keeping the budget under the rate of inflation. This would normally be considered excellent management and not something to try and attack.
Retirement contributions increased 50% from 14% to 21% from 2016 to 2019. School employees put in 6%, taxpayers put in 21%. In the private sector, you put in 6%, your company may match 6%. Retirement is 10% of the entire school budget. School system retirement is 3 times better that what taxpayers get, if they get anything at all.