Many of you are on the frontlines and see firsthand what the furloughs and cutbacks are doing to Georgia’s k-12 schools and colleges and universities. Critics contend that there is a lot of fat in education and the cuts are only superficial wounds. (Laura has a great story on this today, which the link above should deliver to you.)
At the Legislature, there was always griping about inflated salaries paid to Regents staff and university brass. (There was also the contention that top university jobs often went to former legislative leaders and folks who have worked for the governor’s staff – these were described as plum jobs that were used as rewards for loyal service, at least according to legislative lore.)
Jim Wooten once told me that the greatest salary inflation in state government was a result of job title inflation, that the state upgraded people’s titles even though their jobs were essentially the same. Is this happening?
Are we cutting bone, as some universities are now insisting? And do we risk ruining our emerging reputation as a strong higher education state?
ALSO…WE NEED INPUT OF CLAYTON PARENTS: AJC staff writer Nancy Badertscher wants to hear from students who attend public schools in Clayton County — and their parents — about the school system’s new uniform policy. Do you like it? Object to it? Do you feel it will alter either academic performance or student conduct? Email Nancy at email@example.com.