N.J. school chiefs object to salary cap of $175G

The group representing school superintendents in New Jersey has filed suit to block a planned salary cap.

New regulations proposed by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to limit superintendents’ pay to $175,000 a year are scheduled to take effect next month.

But the New Jersey Association of School Administrators claims that cap is illegal and has filed suit to stop it.

Richard Bozza, executive director of the association, said the state Legislature has established the authority for school boards to set salaries.

“You cannot change laws through regulations,” he said. “Regulations are supposed to implement laws and in this case the caps exceed the authority that’s granted to the commissioner of education.”

Christie has called superintendents’ pay exorbitant.

Bozza said his group would be glad to talk with the governor about how to achieve more efficient spending in school districts. But he says real reform ought to be more than just limiting the pay of school chiefs.

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