From the Birmingham News:
From government officials to football coaches to elementary school teachers, the three newspapers have put together a group of Alabamians and their salaries that spans the state and its many aspects of life.
Job: Head Football Coach, University of Alabama
Salary: $4.7 million
Job: High School Football Coach
Job: Seventh-grade teacher
Job: Fourth-grade teacher
Alabama residents, don’t ever wonder why our state consistently ranks poorly in nearly every measure of academic performance. Your public school teachers are doing their jobs on a wing and a prayer, trying to teach kids to pass federal tests while also trying to impart some of the valuable life skills you’re supposed to learn in school. And they’re spending a significant part of the little money they make on materials for your kids.
But Alabama, come on. You’re spending $4.7 million on a college football coach (and I imagine quite a bit over in Auburn as well). That could fund the staff of an entire elementary school (or 130 entry-level teachers across the state). What could possibly be the ethical justification for giving one man so much, in a state where the average worker makes $40,000 per year?
I realize that $4.7 million may be the going rate for a national championship-level college football coach, but please, Alabama, don’t question the loyalty of teachers or the role of the AEA in our state’s educational progress. You want your kids to have a better education? So do I. An extra $4.7 million a year would be a good start.