This evening I was, as always, watching NY1, when the host mentioned a website: See Through NY. If you visit it and click on "Payrolls" in the lower left corner, you can find out the exact salary of every single city employee. Which, of course, includes Department of Education employees.
On the one hand, this makes me deeply uncomfortable. I do not want anyone visiting it, putting in my name, and finding out how much I earn. (In fact, if you read this blog and you happen to know me personally: please don't!) But on the other hand...I totally spent the evening finding out that my principal earns a substantial 6-figure salary that is more than twice what I earn.
Of course, the Department of Education salary schedule is already public knowledge, so if you know how many years someone's been in the system, you can take a reasonable ballpark guess as to what they earn. But to have it all warehoused in a database? Dangerous, very dangerous!