Friday, June 24, 2011

You Get What You Pay For: Testing the Adage, Part 4

The Albany Business Review released its annual "Schools Report" this morning, ranking school districts in the Capital Region by overall academic performance. How does the Hudson City School District stack up? At the bottom--83 in a field of 85. That's just below Troy, which dropped a notch this year, where they had to close an elementary school because of budgetary problems and then paid their outgoing superintendent $250,000 in unused sick time and unused vacation time. 

So let's review the rankings for HCSD: teachers' salaries: 10th from the top; superintendent's salary: 56th from the top; academic performance: 3rd from the bottom. At least we're not Albany, which has the highest paid teachers and the lowest performing students.      

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