A new report shows there are 3,000 more administrators, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and other support staff working in Minnesota schools than there are teachers. The report was funded by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, and it shows that there has only been an 8% increase in student enrollment since 1992, but a 68% hike in the number of administrative and support staff employees. Researchers say that if staffing levels had only increased at the same rate as student enrollment, districts in Minnesota would have saved around $800-million during that time. Minnesota is one of 21 top-heavy states in the US, with a higher ratio of support personnel to students than teachers per student.
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