Public schools

VA School Staffing Grows Five Times Faster Than Student Body

Those padded payrolls don't come cheap


FREDERICKSBURG — From 1992 to 2009, Virginia's public schools boosted non-instructional positions by 100 percent — nearly five times more than the growth in student enrollment and almost 10 times the increase in teacher hiring.

The Old Dominion's ballooning ranks of administrative and other non-teaching personnel outpaced all other states, costing Virginia taxpayers an extra $948 million each year, according to the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, which published the report, "The School Staffing Surge."