Today at Newsworks:
In 2011, Governor Christie’s administration issued salary caps for all of New Jersey’s school superintendents. Using his own salary as the upper limit, the directive from his Department of Education said no superintendent can be paid more than $175,000 (lower caps for smaller districts, exclusions for really big ones; merit bonuses may apply).
This decision fundamentally changed a longstanding practice of having local school boards negotiate salaries with their future CEO’s.
No other state in the country has a superintendent salary cap. Minnesota had one briefly, but the State Legislature there abolished it.
But there’s an effort underway in Trenton to overturn that decision and return the power to set top salaries back to the school districts.
Read the rest here.