Ignoring the rest of the story about being on super secret double probation, here is something totally out of whack at a local private voucher school – this school has just over 600 students – yet the lead administrator has a total compensation package of $218,000:

(Dorothy) Travis Moore (founder of Ceria M. Travis Academy), a former administrator in Milwaukee Public Schools, said she’s still earning a salary from her organization but has stepped back and is in more of a support and resource role this year. She said she’s trying to retire.

Her total compensation was $218,000 in 2012, according to the most recent federal filings for the nonprofit.

The two schools under her organization are Ceria M. Travis Academy, a K-12 school with 437 students, and Travis Technology High School, which has 179 students, according to the state’s fall 2014 enrollment count.

Yet the Milwaukee Public Schools which has an enrollment for the 2014 school year of over 78,000 students pays their new superintendent ~ $245,000:

For the first time ever, Milwaukee public schools will be led by a woman. The board voted unanimously to keep Darienne Driver for good.

Dr. Driver has a two year contract at an annual salary of $245,000.

I can’t imagine the leader of a two school system with fewer than a thousand students…is worth nearly what the superintendent of MPS is worth…particularly since she is running a non-profit. Yet the screams about overpaid public employees continues to ring in our ears…wth?

14 Responses to Non-Profit Voucher School Is Out Of Whack On Salary

  1. Sue says:

    Well…
    One is mentioned as a ‘total compensation package’, while the other is called an ‘annual salary’. Are we talking two different things here? My compensation jumps considerably when I factor in health insurance etc., my ‘total compensation’.
    Still quite high for what would amount to a K-12 district out in my neck of the woods.

  2. dohnal says:

    How is the school doing?? MPS it failure so how much is that worth?

  3. Jenny says:

    To put this into perspective, the administrator for ALL of Milwaukee Public Schools makes only $138,000 annually, and is FULLY accountable to taxpayers.

  4. Taxpayer says:

    dohnal, just because you say it’s a failure does not make it so. Comprehension not your forte’?

  5. Denis Navratil says:

    We should keep in mind that an utopian solution is not possible, a point I should not have to make given the condition of MPS. That said, There are two courses of action available to deal with bad voucher schools. One is to shut them down if they are anywhere near as bad as MPS. A far more effective method is built into the system. That is, many and perhaps most parents will figure out that a school is bad and remove their kids from the bad school and send them somewhere better. This may take time. Additionally, more voucher options would help pressure schools to improve their service to the children and their families. None of these positive elements (choice, competition) are in play in MPS which explains in part why it is a disaster. More voucher schools are needed.

    • John Casper says:

      1. Denis wrote: “We should keep in mind that an utopian solution is not possible,”

      Thank you Captain Obvious.

      2. Denis wrote: “a point I should not have to make given the condition of MPS.”

      Tell us everything you know about MPS, but bring links. Back up your claims. Also bring links of schools that you claim succeed with the demographics with which MPS has to contend. Back up your claims.

      3. Denis wrote: “That said, There are two courses of action available to deal with bad voucher schools.”

      Wrong.

      The most obvious action is not to open sub standard schools staffed by sub standard teachers.

      Denis wrote: “One is to shut them down if they are anywhere near as bad as MPS.

      See above.

      4. Denis wrote: “A far more effective method is built into the system. That is, many and perhaps most parents will figure out that a school is bad and remove their kids from the bad school and send them somewhere better. This may take time.

      Wrong.

      We don’t experiment with education. You’re exactly what happens when we do. You get it right the first time. You don’t offer choices that aren’t top-shelf quality.

      5. Denis wrote: “Additionally, more voucher options would help pressure schools to improve their service to the children and their families. None of these positive elements (choice, competition) are in play in MPS which explains in part why it is a disaster. More voucher schools are needed.”

      Wrong. All you care about is defunding unions.

      When you decide you want the victims of white supremacy to do better in school, you’ll support the federal government paying them reparations. “The Case For Reparations” http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

      Since “(Federal) Taxes For Revenue Are Obsolete,” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/warren-mosler/taxes-for-revenue-are-obs_b_542134.html the federal government doesn’t have to RAISE taxes to pay the reparations.

      You should also read “Slavery By Another Name” http://www.slaverybyanothername.com/

      • Chris says:

        John, all that should matter is educating the kids. If you are suggesting that unions help educate the kids I am suggesting that you are on crack.

        I understand completely that you liberals are now and forever in the tank for the unions.

        Xxoo

        • John Casper says:

          Chris,

          I’m sorry you want to make war on capitalism.

          I’m sorry you think that reducing compensation for physicians, lawyers, …., all those who engage in collective bargaining, will attract a higher quality work force.

          I’m sorry you think BB is a dating site.

        • Taxpayer says:

          @Chris, so in other words you got nothing. Just the typical teaparty rhetoric. Acting like you can read minds & making stuff up.

  6. Jack says:

    I think it’s worth noting that Dr. Travis Moore’s doctorate isn’t in education, as its use in the context of being a highly paid administrator would suggest. From what I have read, her doctorate is a “Doctor of Ministry” from Grace Theological Seminary. I don’t think that would fly in the public k-12 setting. Correct me if I’m wrong…
    http://capitolwords.org/date/2011/12/13/E2246_a-tribute-to-dr-dorothy-travis-moore/

  7. Bill Kurtz says:

    One thing I’ve never seen an explanation for: When vouchers were instituted, perhaps the biggest selling point was the problems of MPS. Yet many if not most of the startup voucher schools that blossomed after vouchers were expanded were led by former MPS administrators and/or teachers, like this one. Wasn’t the whole idea to get pupils away from the presumably failed people at MPS?

  8. Tiffany Kearney says:

    They need to give is our diploma n transcripts. I’m a grad student for 2002 and these motherfuckers don’t have the morals to face us with Our information. I’m about to sue they ass to. Fraud ass Dorothy Travis Moore

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