I would like to point out some areas in which Solmon and I agree and differ.
I fully agree that Supt. Britton's salary is justified. In fact, I believe he is underpaid. Anyone directly responsible for an organization of 57,000 employees deserves more money. There are executives at Disney and MCA who are paid millions, yet those companies have a quarter of the number of employees that LAUSD does.
Solmon states that a teacher with nine years experience and a master's degree is paid $41,024. That figure is actually based on 98-plus post-baccalaureate units or roughly the equivalent of three masters. In the private sector anyone with three masters is worth far more than $41,000, if you could find someone with those qualifications.
I agree with Solmon's assessment on the role of principals and on-site administrators. They are an integral part of the education process, whether they are hiring new teachers, meeting with parents or simply supervising football games.