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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Add It Up: Adding and subtracting

Total 2009 incentive pay for top Georgia Teachers Retirement System staffers, in dollars: 435,000

Percentage drop in value of state teachers’ retirement fund during fiscal 2009: 13

Dollar amount contributed to the fund in 2009 by local school districts and the state: 1 billion

Amount of pay Fayette County school officials proposed teachers give back in 2009 to cover budget deficit, in dollars: 2 million

Number of occasions DeKalb County School Superintendent Crawford Lewis filled his gas tank several times in the same day using a school credit card: 14

Lewis' current salary after a recent raise, in dollars: 255,000

Average salary for a public school teacher in Georgia, in dollars: 48,300

Georgia's most recent ranking for average teacher salary among states: 18

Percentage pay cut Lewis has requested teachers take next year: 5

Sources: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Association of Educators

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