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Trimming the 'Bloat' of the LAUSD

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The Daily News has published a series of articles today regarding the financial layout of the Los Angeles Unified School District's administration, and points to what appears to be a bit of an upper-tier bloat. As the LAUSD preps to face a massive budget cut, some wonder if now is the time to trim the fat downtown at their administrative headquarters.

By conducting a public records search, the Daily News found the following:

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The district has approximately 4,000 administrators, managers and other nonschool-based employees - not including clerks and office workers - whose average annual salary is about $95,000. About 2,400 administrators are among the 3,478 LAUSD employees who earn more than $100,000 annually. Meanwhile, the average salary for an LAUSD teacher is $63,000. And the average household income in Los Angeles County is less than $73,000.

They've also published a searchable database of LAUSD employee salaries. As comparison, they also looked at salaries for administrators of other large school districts nationwide; LA ranks second behind New York, however our "Superintendent David Brewer III and Senior Deputy Superintendent Ray Cortines make more than their peers" in the largest district. Further, "Los Angeles Unified teachers on average earn $63,000, less than teachers in districts ranging from New York City and San Diego to Chicago and San Francisco."