As teachers strike or threaten to strike in several cities, one of the key issues is pay. But while teachers want higher salaries, school districts face a number of financial challenges.
One source of strain in school district budgets is what economist Ben Scafidi calls the staffing surge, a major increase in non-teaching staff hired over the past few decades.
Ben Scafidi joins EdNext senior editor Paul E. Peterson to discuss his report, “Back to the Staffing Surge.”
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