A big part of the cost picture in both basic and higher education is the insane growth of administrators. Some of this growth is involuntary due to a regulatory framework that requires the expansion and fulfillment of some administrative functions.
But it’s also quite profitable.
As seen in this AEI chart, the increase in administrators has far outstripped the increase in teachers or students. The number of students has only doubled, but the number of administrators has increased sevenfold.
And even the number of teachers has increased at twice the rate of students.
America’s public schools are bloated with bureaucracy and skinny on results. Nationwide since 1950, the number of public school administrative and non-teaching positions has soared 702 percent while the student population increased just 96 percent. Over that same period, teachers’ numbers also increased — 252 percent — but still far short of administrators and non-teaching personnel (see chart above).
Notably, that hiring trend has been just as prominent over the past two decades. From 1992 to 2009, students’ numbers increased 17 percent whereas administrators and other non-teaching staff rose 46 percent. And during that time, some states actually lost students yet kept hiring more non-teachers.
Naturally this hasn’t produced better academic results.
1950 saw better educated graduates than today and even the watered down scores are weaker. Trying to save students with more bureaucracy has only drowned the country and the city and the suburb in piles of debt subsidizing an administrator regime.