Education priorities fact of the day from Joanne Jacobs:
Eighteen grass cutters and three pest sprayers earned $50,000 last year working for Broward County schools, more per day than most teachers with 10 years experience, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
. Seventeen stock clerks earned $52,000 or more; two mail clerks were paid $49,000. Painters and roofers outearned teachers with 16 years of experience: 34 painters and 24 roofers made at least $59,000.
Now grass cutters making 50 grand a year are hardly the lucky duckies of American life, but I would posit that the quality of groundskeeping has a relatively minor impact on student learning compared to the quality of teaching.