- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 28, 2013

The number of administrative positions in schools around the nation has increased by 700 percent over the past six or seven decades, a new study finds.

In the past 20 years alone, the level of administrators hired for all levels of education, kindergarten-through-12, rose more than twice as fast as the number of students who were enrolled, a report from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice found.

Schools are hiring administrators at a time when budgets are tight — and the extra staff isn’t translating into better grades for students, the study finds.

“The increases in public school employment since 1992 do not appear to have had any positive returns to students as measured by test scores and graduation rates,” said Benjamin Scafidi, a senior fellow at the Friedman Foundation, as quoted in The Daily Caller.

Since 1950, schools from grades kindergarten-through-12 around the nation have increased hiring of administrators by 700 percent, the report says. That’s seven times more than student enrollments.