Teachers aren't living in luxury, but some school superintendents are, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Some are pulling in $325,000 a year, plus multi-million-dollar consulting budgets to restructure impoverished, underperforming public school systems. The Monitor calls them "central office rock stars," a product of the No Child Left Behind initiative and sky-high pressures to balance budgets and politics.
In 1990, school boards typically received 250 applications for a superintendent job; now, 40 is considered a windfall. And because there's so much dirty work involved, urban superintendents have an 18-month shelf life. But many believe the trend doesn't prioritize students' educational needs, and that failing schools are simply "looking for a person on a white horse," one critic said.