Public School Administration Grew 7X Faster than Students and 2X Faster than Teachers

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.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Well it isn't as if we didn't already know that we needed to abolish the Department of Education. Much of, if not most of the growth in state bureaucracy is the result of federal funding with the attendant strings.

  • Toni_Pereira

    Funny! Greece was the only country in the West where something like this happened…

  • Mr.Lincoln

    Government schools grew faster? What a shock. NOT!

  • Mr.Lincoln

    School Suxs: The American Way (Video)

    Don't let the title fool you. This video is actually about how government-run schooling contributed to the rise of socialism, imperialism and eventually fascism in Germany between the 1890s and 1940s. Critical Thinking Question: In school we are led to believe that we are all living in an ideal vision of what society should be…But whose vision is it? And what were their ideals?

  • AdinaK

    The behemoth of (mis)education must continue, in tow with its thuggish unions. The Demsters are in bed with them. Never mind, the kiddies are barely on the radar, unless it comes to radicalizing them –

    Know this, your taxes pay for all this!

    Adina kutnicki, Israel

  • coffre-fort ignifuge

    c'est vrai que la sécurité dans les écoles c'est important, il faut un coffre fort ou une armoir forte dans chaque établissement