In today’s Austin-American Statesman, Governor Perry castigated those who perpetuate lies in order to distract people from the conversations that should be happening. Specifically, the Governor starts off the editorial by stating: “One proven tactic of propaganda is that if you want to distract people from the conversation you should be having, don’t be afraid to lie … and lie big.”
Well, if anyone knows that tactic, it is the Governor and his staff. As I pointed out in my most recent blog post, Perry flat-out lied about the ratio of administrators to teachers. And, I argue that he did so to distract voters from questioning the Governor’s culpability in creating the serious budget issues facing schools. Rather than admitting that there is a structural deficit in how we raise revenue for education as pointed out by a number of media, legislators, and education officials (1), the Governor would rather blame educators for a bloated bureaucracy that wastes money. It is time for the Governor to stop lying and tell the truth about why we face a budget deficit. It is time to be an adult and take responsibility for your actions, Mr. Governor! Stop lying and fix the problem rather than advancing your own political career and power base!
Yet, as I have shown repeatedly in blog post after blog post, most districts are quite fiscally efficient and the ratio of teachers to administrators is not 1 to 1, but much, much, much greater. Rather than 1 to 1, we have almost 39 teachers to every school district administrator and almost 20 teachers for every school administrator. Overall, there are 13 teachers per every administrator regardless of where that administrator is located. These ratios would be much, much larger if we did not mandate that every district have an alternative education campus and allow nearly 500 charter schools. Both of these types of schools are quite small, thus have much lower administrator to teacher ratios.
For a much more complete review of these issues, see my blog posts below:
(1)For discussions of the structural deficit, see the following: