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  • Private Schools

    More than 180 privately run schools in New Jersey promise to take on the severely disabled children that public schools can’t handle, giving them a special status in the Garden State's educational system. But these schools are also a $600 million industry funded by New Jersey taxpayers – an industry that is only loosely regulated by the state. After a two-month investigation, Star-Ledger reporter Christopher Baxter exposed what can happen when the state writes checks to private companies without closely watching what they do with the money. His reporting was a relentless indictment of the system, finding the private schools were able to spend taxpayer dollars in ways public schools could not. He uncovered nepotism among school staffs, executive pay far higher than public school superintendents, officials owning fancy cars, schools offering generous pension plans and questionable business deals between schools and companies owned by school officials. In one instance, Baxter discovered a classroom aide who was related one of the school’s directors was taking home a $94,000 salary – three times what others were paid – without even a bachelor’s degree.
  • NC superintendents’ contracts packed with perks

    I requested the contracts of all 115 public school superintendents in North Carolina and found that their six-figure salaries aren’t the only way they are compensated. Many receive thousands of dollars in bonuses each year, and some get special perks, such as cars, gym memberships, money for mortgage payments and extra vacation time. The contracts also revealed the lengths school boards were willing to go to get or keep a superintendent, including one school system that agreed to provide its new leader with a house and install a nearly $4,300 fence for her dogs – paid for with taxpayer money.
  • Connecticut Superintendents

    Viktoria Sundqvist, investigations editor at The Middletown Press, submitted FOI requests for all school superintendent contracts in Connecticut and gathered these contracts into a searchable database. The contracts were analyzed and salaries, mileage, vacation days and other perks were analyzed and made available to the public, in addition to links to the contracts.
  • Pay Beats Inflation

    Teachers' salaries in two Iowa counties have risen at a rate greater than inflation since the 1996-1997 school year.
  • School chief raises outpace teachers

    This article examines the increasing salary of school superintendents. It finds that superintendents in West Pennsylvania have gotten a pay increase "at twice the pace" of teachers over the past five years. The second part of the article follows superintendents on their daily tasks and records their main duties.
  • School superintendent's super-sized pensions

    This story in the Chicago Sun-Times, describes how loopholes in the state laws allows school superintendents to get hefty incomes and retirement packages. Their allowances often include cars or housing allowances as well. As the reporter found out many of the retirement packages were higher than those given to governors and all this money came from the taxpayers pocket.
  • Restricted Access: Whose Right to Know?

    "The Community Newspaper Company dispatched a team of more than 100 reporters across the state to test public officials' compliance with the state's law on open records and uncovered widespread violations... Under the direction of the newspaper's projects editor, Chris Szechenyi, each of the reporters asked for a uniform set of public records. The results were then compiled in a spreadsheet and analyzed. In addition, Szechenyi made a separate set of public information requests to ten state agencies and the governor's office."