In Paterson, NJ Only 19 Students Are Ready For College, But 66 Education Employees Receive Over $125,000 A Year Income

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There are 28,139 students enrolled in the Paterson, NJ public schools.

A grand total of 19 of them are considered ready for college.

In Paterson, New Jersey only 19 kids who took the SAT’s are considered college ready. This means that they scored at least a 1500 out of 2400 on the standardized test, and this number is truly shocking considering how large the school district is.

Shocking? I’ll give you shocking.

There are 66 school district employees earning more than $125,000 per year.

Payroll records show the number of city school district employees making at least $125,000 has doubled over the past five years, an increase that comes as test scores for Paterson students remain among the lowest in the state.

At present, 66 Paterson Public Schools employees make at least $125,000, the records show. During the 2010-11 school year, the district had 33 employees above the $125,000 mark.

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Most of the increase has occurred among central office administrators. In 2010-11, the district had 18 principals earning more than $125,000 and 15 non-principals, the records show. This year, there are 28 principals and 38 non-principals at or above the $125,000 mark.

In some instances, the increase stems from people who already were on the payroll and simply got raises or promotions, the records show. In other cases, the district created new high-salaried jobs.

The educrats take care of their own. The kids? Not so much.

By the way, Paterson is one of New Jersey’s sainted Abbott districts, so state taxpayers are on the hook for more than 90% of their school budget, to “equalize” per-pupil spending. Or something. This year they’re getting $456,463,506 of our hard-earned tax dollars.

I’ll spell that out for you. Four Hundred and Fifty Six million dollars. So 19 kids can pass the SAT.

Superintendent Donnie Evans (annual salary, $215,000) has an answer for that.

The Paterson school district said that they no longer use SAT scores to gauge students’ success.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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