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Tensions are high in the nation’s fourth largest school district. Unionized teachers in the Miami-Dade district are charging that administrators, led by 2008 AASA Superintendent of the Year Rudy Crew, are exacting an excessive cost on the school’s already stretched budget. Specifically, they point to reports showing that 413 district officials earn in excess of $100,000 a year and that 31 employees have district owned-cars (ranging from Crews’ 2007 GMC Yukon’ to, oddly, a 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo valued at $645). Meanwhile, schools are facing some $200 million cuts over the next year, and teachers are in a contractual battle over health insurance premiums.

"In my mind, it's about equity and priority," said Shawn Beightol, a science teacher in the school district interviewed by The Miami Herald. "You've got people who are being taken care of really well at the top. The people at the bottom are pretty much slave labor."

Business experts, however, have come to the defense of Crew and his administration, citing comparable salaries at businesses the size of the Miami-Dade district, which employs over 50,000 people. "This is a large and very complex business," said William Werther, professor of business at the University of Miami."The company cars, the administrative salaries: None of these things stand out to me."

This doesn’t diffuse the district’s teachers, who are incensed that they’re being asked to pay insurance premiums while administrators get new cars. "If they're having a budget crisis, this kind of spending is inappropriate," said one teacher at a district middle school. "Even if it was one car, one would be inexcusable."

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If one group has to suffer, all should suffer. William Werther probably hasn't been in a HS clasrrom in a long time, if ever. Administrators need to lead by example ... share the suffering. I can't imagine how anyone could argue with that.

Unless the teachers do what is necessary to stop this abuse of power, the superintendents will continue this distorted sense of entitlement. History has proven that
unless confronted with inequities groups in power will ignore, or worse, not even be aware of those inequities. They will act and say what this individual is quoted as saying: "William Werther, professor of business at the University of Miami."The company cars, the administrative salaries: None of these things stand out to me."

if these guys are such otshot managers, why can't they figure out a way to do the job with less than 413 of them and no cars?

btw, it should be pointed out that Werther, the "business expert" from UM, was on the payroll of MDCPS over the past couple years...think he would bite the hand that feeds him?

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