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October 21, 2005

But it goes to eleven

... or Columbus Public Schools - part II.

Some time ago, I inquired about substitute teaching. The daily rate for Columbus Public Schools (CPS) is $91/day if you have a B.S. and $93/day if you have a M.S. I asked how much if you have a Ph.D.? They said $91 because I did not have a M.S.

?? (me paused in confusion)

I asked the question a second time and even called another day to confirm what I thought I heard. It was true. Because I had no M.S., I would be paid the B.S. salary. It was only $2 but it was indicative of a pedantic and inflexible system.

Tidbits like this is I've accumulated over the past few years are why I think Gene Harris, superintendent, is either a visionary or delusional for the proposal of several new schools and programs in the face of a $50M budget cut by the 2006-2007 academic year. Should be interesting to see how this plays out. I'd love to believe programs like an all day pre-K could exist in our public school system, I just don't think the money's there.

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