“"In Texas, where the ratio of teachers to non-teachers has grown to nearly 1 to 1 in 2011 from 4 to 1 in the 1970s.." This is a misleading tidbit that gained traction during Texas' legislative session last year when $5.3 billion was cut from public education. It was used to bolster the argument that education could withstand cuts. In fact, Texas didn’t count all staff in the 1970s. The largest portion of non-teaching staff – auxiliary personnel – were not counted and tracked until the ‘80s. Comparable data from the late 1980's shows that the ratio of teachers to non-teachers has stayed essentially the same for the past 20-plus years.”
“Great post, Carolyn! Just to be clear, the resolution was drafted and is being promoted by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) not the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). TASB has, however, endorsed it.
- Jenny LaCoste-Caputo, Director of Communications/Media Relations for TASA”
hp blogger Carolyn Foote on May 8, 2012 at 18:05:39
“I apologize and will get that corrected--thank you for reading.”