One of the best things about the 65 percent plan being proposed by Missouri Governor Matt Blunt is that it brings additional scrutiny on the actions of school boards who give sizable pay increases to superintendents while keeping teacher salaries on the low end.
Today's Columbia Missourian reports on that city's school district which increased its superintendent's salary from $161,000 to $180,000, while beginning teachers make about $27,000.
The Republican blog, RightMissouri.com, has been hammering on the pay and benefits received by superintendents to promote the governor's proposal, and while it is a legitimate point, couldn't the same point be made about big business, which routinely offers outrageous pay and benefits packages to CEOs and other top officials, who are outsourcing jobs and eliminating or reducing pension and insurance benefits and oftentimes are losing money for their companies? Where is the outcry about that. Perhaps the 65 percent backers should propose some sort of artificial formula to cover that situation.