School superintendents in New Jersey are fleeing the state ever since a salary cap was imposed.

The salary cap was put into place in 2011, limiting superintendents to base pay of $175,000, with exceptions for big cities and the potential for merit pay.

The idea was that it would help keep property taxes low.

"Superintendent salary packages had clearly become unjustifiable and in many cases outlandish and had to be reined in,” said Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the governor.

But in the 3 years since the salary cap was imposed, the Wall Street Journal reports 219 of the 561 districts had turnover among superintendents, sometimes more than once.

In 97 of those cases, the district specifically blamed the salary cap for the change.

Many superintendents say it’s unfair that they’re forced to take a pay cut, when they’re implementing new teacher evaluations, state testing and new standards.

Drewniak said the salary cap would be revisited when it sunsets in 2016.


Source:  Wall Street Journal

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