Anchorage School District Grows While Students Dwindle

If a school district has an increase in the number of students, the school staff grows. But what happens if the number of students declines? Does the staffing decline as well? One look at the ASD shows that it continues to grow regardless of the student population.

Have you heard how the ASD will dry up and blow away if the legislature does not restore the funding cuts to education?  We posted an earlier article that showed that the ASD could weather this storm of cuts with very minimal impact to the classroom.  Now let’s take a look at how the ASD staff grew while student population basically remained the same (projected) from 2000 to 2010.  Here is a copy of a letter from former Superintendent Comeau to the ASD Board:

Note the increase of more than 1,023 full time equivalents (people) during the 10 year time period.  Note that the number of students from 2001 to 2010 virtually remains the same. We need to ask the question, “Why has the ASD staff increased so dramatically and the student population remained virtually unchanged?”.  That is the mystery of public education and its funding.  This is the mystery that the legislature needs to unravel.

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Comeau ltr to bd cover letter





ASD Manning 2001 to 2010