By Josh Dwyer, Illinois Policy Institute -
There are too many people working in America’s schools. From 1950 to 2009, the amount of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees grew 386 percent while the amount of public school students only grew by 96 percent, according to a recently released report from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Excellence.
Unfortunately, Illinois follows this trend. From 1992 to 2009, total staff at public schools grew at more than twice the rate of the state’s student population – 27.8 percent versus 14.3 percent. Teaching staff grew at 1.5 times the rate of the student population – 14.3 percent versus 21.5 percent. And administrators and other non-teaching staff grew at 2.5 times the rate of the student population – 14.3 percent versus 35.9 percent.