The number of non-teaching staff in the United States (those employed by school systems but not serving as classroom teachers) has grown by 130 percent since 1970. Non-teachers, more than three million strong, now comprise half of the public school workforce. Their salaries and benefits absorb one-quarter of current education expenditures. But is this growth necessary—or even sustainable?
The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don’t Teach analyzes how school staffing has changed over the last half-century and what might be driving the trends, as well as offering suggestions for districts interested in rethinking how they approach staffing.
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