MINOT, N.D. — Here’s a remarkable statistic touted by a group of lawmakers who are looking to take on administrative bloat: “our small schools account for 40% of all students in North Dakota” but “they account for 90% of all the superintendent salaries in the state.”
Rep. Matt Ruby, and a bunch of hugely consequential lawmakers, including both the House and Senate majority leaders and the chair, and vice chair, of the House Education Committee, has introduced a bill to fix this problem. Calling it the Students & Taxpayers Opportunity Act, it would require that any superintendent serve at least 475 students. It would also cap superintendent salaries.
Ruby and his allies have even put together a nifty video illustrating their argument for the bill: