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EDUCATION TEXAS-SALARY FACTS AND FIGURES

 

Over the past several weeks I have posted a series of articles about the proposed reduction of state funds for educating our children. At this juncture I can make one solid statement that our Governor and Legislature are so wrapped up in politics; they have no concept of the real Texas education administrative costs. Most of the blame expressed by the politicians is waste at the local school district level and action at that level certainly needs focused attention. 

I have spent several hours on the internet collecting some actual facts that are available for public review. Although all of the actual figures are not directly related to education, you should find some of the numbers interesting, I did. I found most of these facts at THE TEXAS TRIBUNE website.

The 25 highest paid state employees are all education related. The highest paid is Mack Brown, University of Texas (UT) head football coach, whose annual salary is $2,511,667.00 (ESPN’s website shows his salary to be over $5,000,000.00). Second place go’s to another UT coach, Richard D. Barnes at $2,916,667.00. Fourth place is Texas Tech coach, Thomas Tuberville, at $1,500,000.00. Thirteenth place is UT coach, Gail A. Goestenkors, at $930,834.00. Eighteenth place is UT coach, August E. Garndo, at $760,000.00 and at 25th place is Clarence Byme, Texas A&M athletic director at $711,434.00. The other eighteen individuals on the highest 25 paid state employees are all professors at various medical schools. Their salaries ranged from $700,000.00 to $$1,750,000.00.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has a total of 1054 employees doing something. The highest salary is $480,000.00, lowest is $21,015.00 and the average is $60,875.00. This produces a total salary only expense for the TEA of $64,162,250.00. Do they actually teach the student anything?

I found another state agency I was not aware of, the Texas Teacher Retirement System. This agency has 511 employees with the highest salary being $480,000.00; the lowest is $20,217.00 and the average of $56,116.00. This amounts to an annual salary only expense of $28,675,276.00.

The Tribune reports that there are 1154 school superintendents in Texas. Apparently some of the 1265 districts do not have any superintendents. Many of the school districts are charter schools. A review reveals that the Beaumont ISD superintendent, Carrol Thomas has the highest salary of $347,834.00. There are 78 that make more than $200,000.00; 511 earn between $100-200,000.00; 475 earn between $50-100,000.00 and 90 that make less than $50,000.00. Other than the outlandish salary in Beaumont, school superintendents are not overpaid. When you compare most to business leaders they are underpaid. The University of Texas alone has 190 positions that pay salaries over $200,000.00. The President, William Powers, salary is $511,491.00. The wide separation between the pay for a college professor and a K-12 school superintendent is another concern that Austin and the TEA have priority problems.

Wow, it would be nice to really know the true costs of education at the state level. If I had a staff to research this I would. It would be interesting to know if our Governor or Legislators had even a foggy idea of what a business would call overhead. At most only 25 of the above would ever come face to face with a student. Can you imagine what these costs would be if fringe benefits were available to review?

While I was accumulating these facts I decided to look at the entire State of Texas salary structure. The Tribune reports that the state currently has 660,000 employees. They report that we have 434,210 who have a salary up to $50,000.00; 203,795 with a salary from $50-100,000.00; 14,728 with a salary from $100-150,000.00; 2,783 with a salary from $150-200,000.00; 1,404 with a salary from 200-250,000.00; 786 with a salary from $250-300,000.00 and 2,294 with salaries from $300,000.000 to the $2,511,667.00.

By the way we pay Governor Perry $150,000.00 a year plus fringes. If every student in our universities had the brains to accumulate this knowledge, they would be idiots if they did not pursue a career in public service. You can’t blame this situation on the republicans now in power as the roots of these systems were created during democratic majority years. When you multiply this by all 50 states and throw in the education waste generated in Washington, it should tell the common folks that it is time to demand change.

What we all can do is blame the current republican leadership in Austin if they fail to understand and correct the problems that are so evident. Shifting the burden to the next generation to fix this is unacceptable to me. Are you satisfied? Please send me your comments and send your questions to your state Senator and/or Representative.

The sad part is the K-12 children are at the bottom of the priorities in Austin. That is probably because they can’t vote.

Clyde Brewer

POLITICS AND LEADERSHIP

 

When I was a boy in the 1930’s my grandfather was the County Clerk of Palo Pinto Texas. He was one of my hero’s and when I spent the summers visiting he helped form my principles. I would go to the County Court events and observe how the justice system operated. On one visit when I was about eight, he took me to Mineral Wells to meet with the Governor of Texas at that time, W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel. He later became a US Senator. Later in life I was a schoolmate with Joan Jester in Corsicana Texas. Her father, Buford, was also a Texas democratic Governor.

All politics in Texas was controlled by the Democrats. All leaders of the State of Texas were conservative. In fact I do not recall any politician being a republican before I was in my mid 20’s. His name was Bruce Alger and I remember that he was the first republican that my dad ever voted for. I did not vote for him as I was committed democrat.

As I matured the Democratic Party started the drift to the left toward liberal socialism. This was contrary to the way I was raised and by the time I was thirty I had become a republican by choice and watched as the change progressed in Texas.

When I moved to Sabine County in 1991 one of the first things politically I remember was that there were no republicans in local politics. I recall an event one morning while Norma and I were having breakfast at Twitty’s and overheard a local group discussing politics. I will never forget what we overheard. One of the gentlemen in his blue overalls made the following statement, “I would vote for a dog before I would vote for a republican for anything.” Things have slightly improved here since then but we still have not had a republican Judge, Commissioner, Sheriff or County Clerk since I have been here. As Texas has been controlled by the republicans for several years now, you would think the locals would have figured out that the reason we are one of the poorest Counties in Texas is because we have no voice in Austin or a democrat to talk to. Maybe someday the local people will understand this when they vote. Many just do not care.

Texas passed a significant milestone this week when two recently elected House democrats switched to the Republican Party. For the first time in my memory the republican’s now have a super 101 member majority in the Texas House of Representatives. This means that the democrats can no longer disrupt the business of the people. I recall their childish behavior a few years ago when they all went to Oklahoma so that without a quorum the legislative process was impossible.

Now with the full power to act in the people’s interest it will be interesting to see if the Texas republicans can lead and use the power we have vested in them. Using the 1994 republican victory in the US Congress as a benchmark they will likely fail to listen to the people and squander the opportunity. We have a repeat of 1994 again next year in the US House of Representatives and an increased population in the US Senate. Let us all pray that the republicans can change Washington and Austin and restore the power to the people as designed by our Constitutions.

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