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When talking about public sector salaries the Folio left out Duval County Public Schools

When talking about public sector salaries the Folio left out Duval County Public Schools. In 08 the district had 33 employees with six figure salaries. A handful were principals but the vast majority were administrators in the superintendents cabinet. The recession hit, the district cut programs, denied raises, some people lost their jobs and as we emerged in 2010 the number of six figured employees had jumped to 47. Again just a handful were principals with the vast majority being administrators. Then in this past year alone we have created several more high priced positions including hiring our own personal lawyer.

People might argue that to get the best people you have to pay the best salaries but I would be careful in doing so. You see you don’t want to insult the 7000 teachers in the district who have had their wages basically frozen for the last few years and who are some of the lowest paid teachers in the nation.

I always thought going into public service people knew that their salaries were probably going to be a little lower than those in the private sector, hence the word service. Unfortunately that now only applies to the rank and file employee. Those at the top are doing pretty well and there are more and more of them every year.

Chris Guerrieri
School Teacher

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