An astute reader backed out some of the numbers I use in Saturday's Wall Street Journal op-ed and observed that while the rise in the ranks of teachers relative to students in our schools has been robust, it's been nothing like the rise of non-teaching personnel. He's right. I did the numbers, and put them in a chart below. The bottom line is that in 1955 (the earliest year for which there is data), there was one non-teaching employee per 50 students in our public school systems. Today, there is one per every 10 students.
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