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Golden Parachutes for School Administrators Should be Reined In.


Today, the House Republicans rejected my effort to restrict huge bonuses and benefits, commonly called “golden parachutes,” that some school districts pay to administrators when their contracts end.

I offered a motion to withdraw Senate Bill 766 from the House Education Committee in order to let House members approve a limitation on the amount of salary and benefits that a school district, an education service district or a public charter school may pay an administrator at the end of his or her contract. The bill would have restricted such a payment to 25 percent of the salary and benefits paid to the person in the prior school year. The bill would also have prohibited providing retirement benefits to administrators that are not available to other employees.

The Republican majority killed the motion on a party-line vote, even though the Senate had passed the bill earlier in the legislative session.

The bill would help buy more books and programs, but fewer huge retirement bonuses for administrators. It would place some reasonable restrictions on golden parachutes that would not only save precious tax dollars, but also enable schools to devote a bigger share of their resources to the covering the costs that mean the most to Oregon—the education of our kids.

I believe now is the time to send a message to schools throughout Oregon, underscoring a clear priority for spending tax dollars in the classrooms, not on golden parachutes. We have no good reason to put this off for another two years.

August 2, 2005 by Chuck Riley
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Should watch word usage in the headline, especially when righting a column concerning educators.

Posted by: Stan Matthews | Aug 9, 2005 11:47:38 AM

"righting"---??? Stan baby, "righting"???

Chuck's (amazingly I might add) right re: administator's blood sucking taxpayers through buyouts, etc., and oh BTW, PERS payouts. It's obscene!!!

Isn't that right Peter?

Posted by: brevityohyeah | Aug 9, 2005 12:41:01 PM

The central problem with the school boards' behavior has been their attraction for Superstar Administrators who are of national stature and who Have The Vision for bringing us to some sort of Promised Land.

It is in order to attract these media magnets that the school boards wind up offering the unconscienceably swollen golden parachutes.

If once the school boards were to be satisfied with local talent, who are competent, knowledgeable, and industrious, able to work with all of the constituencies in the community through long and productive acquaintance, why they would never have thought of offering a pot of gold to convince someone to untertake the job.

Posted by: Michael Meo | Aug 17, 2005 9:22:52 PM

My point exactly.

Posted by: stan matthews | Sep 4, 2006 2:13:21 PM

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