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Michigan Spends More on Teacher Benefits Than Most Other States
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/5/2011 | Michael Van Beek

Posted on 01/05/2011 9:41:40 AM PST by MichCapCon

Of all the funds spent on “instruction” in Michigan public schools in 2008, 28 percent went to employee fringe benefits. Only five states devoted more of their resources to benefits; the national average was 22 percent.

The data comes from the National Center for Education Statistics, which breaks down the percentage of instructional costs that went to salaries, benefits, purchased services and supplies. Michigan spent only 61.5 percent on salaries, the third lowest after New Jersey and Alaska. Texas, North Carolina and Indiana led the nation by devoting about 75 percent of instructional costs to salaries.

Holding down the proportion spent on fringe benefits helps schools budget by making it easier to contain costs when funding is tight, because compared to benefits schools have more direct control over how much they’ll allow salaries to grow.

In fact, Michigan school districts have virtually no control over how much they pay for employee retirement benefits. These are mandated by the Legislature...

(Excerpt) Read more at michigancapitolconfidential.com ...


TOPICS: Education
KEYWORDS: money

1 posted on 01/05/2011 9:41:47 AM PST by MichCapCon
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To: MichCapCon

Of course. They have to have all those extra texts to teach. Sharia Law for Dummies, Allah and Islam for Dummies, Quran for Dummies, Death-to-America, the Infidels for Dummies, and so on.


2 posted on 01/05/2011 9:43:19 AM PST by Gaffer
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The fact is that teachers, like most public sector union employees, are grotesquely over paid. I have several teachers in my family and they enjoy monster salaries and unbelievable benefits.

My own sister works in the Cleveland School system and makes in excess of $73,000 annually and works at the most 195 days a year. This year she isn't even in the classroom. She is a librarian. The fact is that she makes at least 30% more than she should and she will qualify for up to 95% of her top pay for life after she retires as early as at the age of 55. That is right, she will make a minimum of $69,000 for life in retirement that could easily last more than 30 years. Plus full medical.

They pay $30 a month for full medical,dental, and optical insurance. They also pay only a $10 copay for doctor and specialists.

This is for a job that requires less than six hours a day of teaching for 180 class days and 15 non-class in service days.

Mad yet?

Well get this, It is almost impossible to get rid of any of them!

3 posted on 01/05/2011 10:03:42 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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