Pay packages for school superintendents are now at records highs and it's putting a strain on taxpayers. Property taxes have risen 40% across the country even after the housing market took a nosedive in 2008.
Critics say part of the reason lies in the higher cost of public education. But while schools struggle to make budget cuts and curb spending to stay open, a growing number of superintendents are taking home giant paychecks --- ten times what their teachers are making, in some cases.
In a dozen states, including Ohio, there are school superintendents making more than the governor. That's something that's not going over well with Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.
"I know it's a tough job," Christie told a crowd, "but after having done this one for 11 months it's no tougher than this."
In Dublin, Ohio, which is right outside Columbus, the school superintendent recently earned nearly $350,000, which included pay for his travel, phone, and dues to various organizations. The Columbus Dispatch says he's retiring at the end of this year.
Meanwhile, Education Weekly recently gave Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky a C- based on student scores. It also gave the nation's education system as a whole a C- based on scores and fiscal accountability.
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