State records show Atlanta Public Schools spends more on administrator salaries than most other districts in the region, despite dropping enrollment, a low graduation rate and low test scores.
Atlanta Public Schools spent about $831 per student in 2012 on administrator salaries — which doesn't include principals and assistant principals. The figure is more than double the average of what nine other metro Atlanta districts spent on administrative salaries.
Interim superintendent Errol Davis said large urban school systems are more expensive to run than suburban districts. He says the district must also invest in its administration as it bounces back from an indictment that charged 35 educators in a standardized test cheating conspiracy.