Monday, October 28, 2002
ONLY ELEVEN PERCENT GOES TO TEACHERS?
The average salary for a teacher in the Omaha Public Schools is something like $35,000 a year. But according to financial reports OPS made to the State of Nebraska, spending per OPS classroom totals $306,935.
So teacher pay is only about 11.4 percent of what OPS is spending.
The figures are influenced a great deal by the $230 million in construction spending OPS is doing, associated with its 1999 bond issue. But still . . . that percentage says a lot about what is really going on in OPS.
(Source:p. 50, '02-'03 budget, www.ops.org, $705,950,424 in total spending divided by the 2,300 classrooms OPS reports equals $306,935 per classroom, and an average per-pupil spending of $15,419.82.)
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