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Oxendine: Cut big salaries, not teachers

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – As talk of deeper and widespread state budget cuts grows, Georgia's Insurance and Fire Commissioner John Oxendine has his own idea of where the cuts should be made: in salaries of highly-paid administrators.

The Republican from Norcross says education is the number one function of state government, and that Georgia does not need to cut the number of teachers, or reduce the school week or year.

"Administrator overhead is really heavy. We need to go and start cutting some of the salaries of these school superintendents. Cutting the assistant and deputy superintendent. May we may have to tell a principal that that principal is going to have to manage that school by themselves."

Oxendine said Georgia colleges and universities cannot afford to pay Presidents hundreds of thousands of dollars, while talking about raising tuition prices beyond some students means.

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