Sound Familiar? “Schools across America running up six-figure tabs for hotels, airline costs”

This issue was reported on here quite a while back.  Education conferences are big business.

“The K-12 education conference industry is huge and lucrative.

Just do a Google search on “education conferences” and you will get countless listings for annual events throughout the nation – and sometimes in other countries – that education professionals are strongly encouraged to attend.

The headlines say things like “100 Best Education Conferences to Attend in 2018,” and “2018 Can’t Miss Education Conferences.”

Public schools respond to all the hype and send employees and officials to the events in droves. And the cost to taxpayers is massive, particularly in the form of travel costs.

As part of our latest series titled “School Spending Spree,” EAGnews.org sent public information requests to randomly selected districts throughout the nation, seeking information about tax dollars spent on travel in the 2016-17 fiscal year.

The response we received from many districts was breathtaking.”

Read more here on the EAGNews.org website.

“EAGnews.org is the flagship website of Education Action Group Foundation, Inc., a national organization headquartered in Michigan. EAG is a non-partisan non-profit organization with the goal of promoting sensible education reform and exposing those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.”

One thought on “Sound Familiar? “Schools across America running up six-figure tabs for hotels, airline costs”

  1. “When MSDE says that PARCC costs $23 per test they conveniently don’t count the costs to develop the tests, the cost of the bureaucracy and tech support to administer the test in addition to the $100 million/year that the county budgets pay for the salaries of teachers while the teachers proctor the tests instead of teaching their classes. Maryland deserves an accounting of the total cost of MSDE testing since the taxpayers are footing the bill.”
    • Students spent about 5,743,086 hours taking PARCC in 2016-17, each test site was proctored by two teachers who were drawing their full salaries the whole time. PARCC was only one of the state tests given that year. MSDE didn’t reimburse the counties for those salaries.
    • The state testing program has dictated technology purchase decisions as well as expanded the administrative bureaucracies in the county school systems with money that otherwise could have been spent on students.
    • The primary beneficiaries of complicated, computerized, customized Common Core tests may be the educational bureaucracies and their contractors. Increased testing dollars correlate with growing managerial, not classroom, budgets. For example, Baltimore County Public Schools’ Administrative budget grew 21% between FY 17-18. Almost 20% of their payroll now goes to people who don’t even work in schools.

    http://www.bcps.org/budget/FY17/AdoptedOperatingBudget.pdf Baltimore County Public Schools Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2017, p. 17
    http://www.bcps.org/budget/FY18/FY2018-Adopted-Operating-Budget.pdf Baltimore County Public Schools Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2018, p. 17

    Administration
    FY16 Adj budget 42,468,897
    FY17 Adopted 45,821,827
    Difference 3.352.930
    % Change 7.9%

    Administration
    FY17 Adj budget 45,821,827
    FY 18 Adopted 51,413,003
    Difference 4,202,418
    % Change 12.2%

    107.9% x 112.2% = 121% a 21% growth, compound interest.
    http://www.bcps.org/budget/FY18/FY2018-Adopted-Operating-Budget.pdf Baltimore County Public Schools Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2018, p. 85, General Fund Expenditures, p. 132 Glossary

    Administration Salaries and Wages FY18 Adopted 30,787,820
    Mid Level Administration Salaries and Wages FY18 Adopted 95,343,960
    Instructional Salaries and Wages FY18 Adopted 523,938,625

    % of staffing budget for administration = (30,787,820 +95,343,960)/ (30,787,820 +95,343,960 + 523,938,625) = 0.194 = almost 20%

    Mid-Level Administration Category – activities associated with the administration and supervision of district wide and school-level instructional programs

    Instructional Salaries and Wages Category – activities associated with the salaries for dealing directly with the teaching of students.

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