The World's Largest Employers and the Texas Public School System

Because close to half of school employees are not classroom teachers, these numbers underscore the point that efficiencies must be found in the administration of Texas’ public school system.

Ultimately, much of the bureaucracy in Texas’ public schools results from the highly fragmented system by which schools are organized. 4.7 million schoolchildren are divided unequally between around 1,200 school districts – each of which has at least one superintendent and various other administrative positions.

Because of the varying size of school districts, this system creates large inequities; for example, the Dallas ISD superintendent earns $327,000 per year to oversee a district-wide of enrollment of 157,800, while the Highland Park ISD superintendent earns $262,000 per year to oversee an enrollment of just 6,300. Similarly, the Houston ISD superintendent earns $315,000 per year to oversee enrollment of 200,000, while the Katy ISD superintendent earns $247,000 per year for an enrollment of 54,402. These disparities are indefensible when the public education system suffers from bloated levels of administrators that draw funding away from the classroom.