The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota reports…
“A district-wide compensation study, commissioned by the Minneapolis School District and released earlier this year showed that 75% of non-teacher staff in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) was overpaid compared to the market value for the same job elsewhere. When the report became public, a MPS spokesman said they would ‘adjust accordingly’ for certain jobs.
“So how did Minneapolis Public Schools adjust accordingly? By giving $270,000 in raises to some of the 25% not being overpaid.
“The raises were given to 35 non-union, administrative staff with average annual salaries of $100,000. Last month, the district cut 118 jobs, including 52 teachers, to help fill a $20 million deficit.
“These salary increases, along with the knowledge that 75% of their non-teacher staff is already overpaid, makes little or no sense for any school district in the state. But it defies explanation when it is occurring in a school district that has lost over 25% of their student population during the past decade and is ranked nationally as “45th out of 50 larger cities” in graduation rates.
“District spokesman Stan Alleyne said the decision to give raises were done ‘out of fairness.’
“Unfortunately for Minneapolis taxpayers, “fairness” in the Minneapolis Public Schools system means making sure even more employees are now making well above the market rate while parents continue to vote with their feet and leave the school district. Minneapolis taxpayers deserve more accountability, transparency, and responsibility from their school district that has become a national embarrassment.”