Please note that this was mistakenly published yesterday. We took it down to keep with our habit of only posting once each day.
According to data available from The Texas Tribune if EPISD increased the number of students per teacher up to the overall state average, EPISD would need 53 fewer teachers (not to mention administrators).
The Tribune also tells us that the average salary for an EPISD teacher is $51,576 excluding benefits. We don’t know what percentage to apply to the basic salary in order to compute the cost of benefits. We do know that the state minimum retirement contribution is 6.8% and their lowest contribution to pay for health care is $350 a month for a teacher with no other family members being insured. That adds another 8.1%.
If somehow the benefit costs only add up to 15% of the teacher’s salary increasing the class size up to the Texas average would save the taxpayers over $3.1 million per year.
We deserve better