Thank you for your well-intended and articulate letter, Jan Autenreith. You no-doubt have accurate insights, based upon your experience. However, what you fail to mention is that there IS a lesson from business that can and should be applied to public-education...that of a proper ratio of management-to-workers.
The private sector learned years ago that fewer administrators, aka middle-management, was not only possible (thanks largely to technology) but beneficial to a well-run corporation. Seems to me that our public schools could also benefit from that; however, given the option, most public schools are very much at peace with maintaining a ratio of approximately 1:1 administrators-to-teachers. (Self-justification perhaps?) On the other hand, most private and charter-schools have a much more logical (and cost-effective) ratio.
You want to improve teacher pay...and I would wager performance...then a good start would be to get rid of the excessive game-watchers who get in the way of our fine teachers.
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.