Houston Schools Superintendent Highest Paid In State — Or Is He?

The Houston Chronicle conducted a study and published its results in mid-March. As part of the Sunshine Week open-records program of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the newspaper surveyed the compensation packages of superintendents across the state, finding that ten regional superintendents in greater Houston exceed $199,000 in annual salary. They narrowed their research to Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Galveston and Brazoria counties, looking only at the base salaries for superintendents. Though many compensation packages include car allowances, retirement packages, and performance incentives, such perks would be more difficult to compare. Each contract is negotiated individually and perks vary from contract-to-contract for superintendents. The study, which focused on the 2004-2005 school year, found that the Houston schools superintendent, Abelardo …

So If Retention Is So Harmful, What Should We Do? Teach!

Heading Toward a Long-term, Systemic Solution A Boston Globe editorial stated that for “40 years, study after study on grade retention has reached the same conclusion: Failing a student, particularly in the critical ninth grade year, is the single largest predictor of whether he or she drops out” (Edley, 2002). The editorial goes on to state that “widespread retention further exacerbates the achievement gap: In Massachusetts, for example, across all grades, African-American and Hispanics are retained at over three times the rate of whites” (Edley, 2002). According to research (Anderson, Jimerson and Whipple, 2002; NASP, 2003; Jimerson, Anderson and Whipple, 2002; Stenovich, 1994), some of the devastating effects of retention are: – Most children do not “catch up” when held …