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Janet Napolitano will earn a base salary of $570,000 as president of the University of California’s ten-campus system, although she has no prior academic experience. Now earning nearly triple what she made as Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama administration, she was also given a $142,500 relocation allowance and an annual vehicle allowance of almost $9,000. (National Review, 7-18-13)

While many states analyze test scores or do regular audits to find cheating, the Minnesota Department of Education “relies on school districts to police themselves.” This year there have been only 159 “test security notices” submitted from the 333 MN school districts. “According to a recent report by the U.S. Office of Government Accountability, 38 states conduct statistical analysis of test scores to scope out potential cheating by students or teachers.” (Hechinger Report, 10-14-13)

The average age of active National Education Association union leaders, those who are representatives at their school, attend conventions, or hold a leadership position is 51 years, according to a survey conducted at the August NEA convention. Those under the age of 35 made up just 10% of convention attendees. This means the union is aging and younger people are not becoming active in great enough numbers. Along with a decline in overall membership this does not bode well for the future of NEA. (Education Intelligence Agency, 10-28-13)

Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of D.C. public schools, founder and CEO of Students First, receives an annual salary of about $300,000. Rhee aimed to raise $1 billion in the organization’s first year, but Students First fundraising from August 2011 through July 2012 amounted to about $28.5 million. During that time the organization spent $3.6 million on political activities, funding state candidates and organizations that promote school reforms “that include merit pay, better teacher evaluation, and tenure reform.” (Politico, 7-2-13)