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270 more layoff notices to go out this week

By thenotebook on Jun 5, 2012 04:47 PM

by Katie McCabe and Benjamin Herold

PFT president Jerry Jordan said Tuesday that 270 of his members are receiving layoff notices, including 39 counselors, 85 people in the category covering parent ombudsmen and student advisers, 22 non-teaching assistants, and 97 supportive services assistants.

Other categories hit include secretaries, school operations officers, full-time class assistants, and six vocational teachers – two in home economics and three in industrial arts, he said.

District spokesman Fernando Gallard confirmed that 270 layoff notices would be sent out Friday, effective June 30, in time for the next fiscal year.

He said they were largely the result of school-based budget decisions.

"Principals are making decisions to use their staff in different ways," he said, adding that this doesn't reflect a reduction in the amount of money allocated directly to schools.

He added that the District has not reduced school budgets for next year. Officials have promised to put a "firewall" around school budgets.

Some of the layoffs are the result of central office decisions and changes in grants, Gallard said. He would not confirm the positions affected until the individual employees are notified.

Jordan said, "The District is saying it's focused on safety. However, the layoffs do not support their emphasis on school safety. These are the people that make a school climate safe for our children."

Jordan made an appearance at the City Council hearing on several revenue bills, including some that would raise additional money for the School District. The District is seeking $94 million from the so-called Actual Value Initiative, which would bring in extra revenues by bringing property tax assessments more up to date.

He did not speak at the hearing, but mentioned the layoffs in response to a reporter's question.

Council is considering several bills, besides AVI, that would direct money to the District. There is opposition to AVI among some council members, or at least enacting it in time for next year's school budget.

If the city does provide $94 million, the District still faces a more than $218 million shortfall, which District leaders said they intend to borrow.

At the hearing, several speakers urged Council to attach conditions to any increased funding, particularly to restore school nurses and police. The District pays for nurses that also serve private and parochial schools.

"We need to get accountable funding, and we need to get the funding now. There are tens of thousands of kids whose chance depends on your vote for this," said Shelly Yanoff, executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth.

Council did not intend to send any of the bills out of committee Tuesday.

District leaders were in Harrisburg yesterday talking to legislators about the District's budget situation.

According to State Sen. Vincent Hughes, Mayor Nutter was also there, discussing bills needed from the legislature to move the District's revenue bills forward in City Council.

One is Senate Bill 1303, which would allow the city to reduce the millage rate to minimize the impact of property tax increases. The city is seeking that legislation so it can phase in AVI and is considering other bills that would make up the difference that the District says it needs.

"The most important thing is making sure the [Philadelphia City] Council and the mayor have the tools they've requested to try to fix a problem, recognizing that this governor is walking away from his responsibility to fund public education," Hughes said.

He added that his first priority is to restore state funding for public school districts. He said the Senate has already passed a budget that would restore $11 million to the School District of Philadelphia in the form of educational accountability block grants.

 Additional reporting by Notebook contributing editor Dale Mezzacappa.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 5, 2012 6:44 pm

Here we go....the beginning of the tsunami...teacher layoffs are next...then the "bumping process begins.

"Principals are making decisions to use their staff in different ways," he said, adding that this doesn't reflect a reduction in the amount of money allocated directly to schools. This so not true.

Submitted by K.R. Luebbert (not verified) on June 5, 2012 7:14 pm

For teachers in Philadelphia public schools, there is no 'bumping process'. You are appointed to your school, people who are forced transferred from their schools (such as those whose schools are closing) must take an available school. They cannot 'bump' anyone out of a school.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 5, 2012 8:24 pm

What happens when there are no openings somewhere and you have more seniority than someone in a position?

Submitted by K.R. Luebbert (not verified) on June 5, 2012 9:12 pm

Traditionally when this happens, the district has used the "extra" teachers for reduced class size or something like that. Who knows what they will do this year.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 5, 2012 8:09 pm

I'm understanding that "bumping" and "force transfer" are synonymous. No?

Submitted by K.R. Luebbert (not verified) on June 5, 2012 9:21 pm

No, bumping and forced transfer are not synonymous. A forced transfer occurs when a school loses positions (or teachers) (or closes) because of a drop in enrollment. For example, my school is losing several grade (K-6) teachers this year. They are forced transfers. If one has 4 years seniority, he/she cannot go to another school and bump a teacher with three years seniority. He/she must find (or pick) an OPEN position or a vacancy. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia high schools for example, allow bumping: the teacher with four years seniority can bump another teacher out of a school.
The SDP does not have bumping--I have 10 years seniority-a teacher whose school is closing and has 20 years seniority cannot come to my school and take my position--they have to find an open position somewhere.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 4:34 am

I assume if 40 schools are closed, there will be layoffs. Then, the teachers with 5 years will be laid off while the teachers with 10 years will stay. Otherwise, there is no system wide seniority.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 6:10 am

40 schools closing could equal 1000 positions, easily. So in lieu of "bumping" least senior teachers will be laid off to make room for teachers with greater seniority.

Since last year's lay offs went back to teachers hired in 2009, then the next round may go to teachers hired in 2008 and 2007. Of course there will be some retirees, but it won't cover 1000 position...plus additional lay offs coming from the other 22 school closings (another 500 positions).

All school staff will be affected--not just teachers.

Submitted by Stop it (not verified) on June 6, 2012 1:37 pm

Oh please, there are not going to be that many layoffs. Same thing as last year: people riling other people up, contributing to the culture of fear. Noone hired 2008 or before will be affected.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 4:05 pm

Why create chaos with throwing out numbers that are not factual? On record many of the people hired in 2009 were not actually laid off specifically K-6 teachers due to the litigation over seniority with Promise Academy teachers. Let's unite in assuring that a system comes into place that is sustainable and that will have few if any layoffs. "Since last year's layoffs went back to teachers hired in 2009, then the next round may go to teachers hired in 2008 and 2007," This creates unnecessary confusion when your employer the district writes the letter that lays you of, then it is fact. I am not beating up on you or your opinion, I am just stating that we have to be more compassionate with the words we use and the rumors we can start.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 5:06 pm

Think before you get crazy.

Almost everyone laid off last year was either brought back or forced to quit (were recalled but said no). The rest of the positions lost were due to not hiring anyone to replace teachers who left.

There is no reason to believe anyone who wasn't laid off last year would be this year. There isn't even really a reason to think that all people who were laid off last year will be again.

If they plan to lay us off, I think it is incredibly crappy that they let us complete site selection. I was hired somewhere in a position I want, that I got laid off from in 2011. I was brought back and taught something I didn't want to, and via site selection got back into what I want to teach. If I get laid off, I will have to come back again teaching something I don't really like.

So. I'm about done with this school district. How do they expect anyone to work like this?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 3:10 pm

There is bumping WHEN there are teacher layoffs. For example, if there need to be 300 layoffs in Social Studies, they take the 300 Social Studies teachers with the least amount of system seniority and lay them off from their positions. The more senior ones that were force transferred from their schools because there is no longer a position for them there, fill in the 300 newly vacated positions.

Submitted by Jack (not verified) on June 5, 2012 8:57 pm

Of course they are in Harrisburg. They are lobbying for a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining in distressed school districts. Thank you SRC and thank you Mayor Nutter.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 5, 2012 10:19 pm

NBC News has just projected Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin the winner in the recall vote. Chalk one up for the Taxpayers! This is the beginning of the end of collective bargaining for public sector workers. The people are regaining control from the government employee apparatchiks!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 5, 2012 10:20 pm

Again you have no clue what you are talking about! We are talking Wisconsin NOT Pennsylvania. It will never happen in Pennsylvania. Besides, Walker will do his term and be replaced by a Democrat Governor and the whole thing will be overturned and the UNIONS will be fine. Obama will win that state anyway--CNN had the poll up. The only Republican President to win Wisconsin was since Reagan and Romney aint no Reagan. You just got a mini civics lessons!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 5, 2012 10:23 pm

Federal workers are already banned from collective bargaining. Obama is irrelevant in this fight. It will be fought at the state and local level. The taxpayers are taking the country back!

Submitted by Ken Derstine on June 5, 2012 11:21 pm

Sorry...the 1% are "taking the country back". Be careful what you wish for!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 1:52 pm

Wrong again---you do have no CLUE what you are talking about.

Yes!! I am so glad the Democrats took over the Senate in Wisconsin!! This is fo rthe blabber on here that keeps praising Scott Walker--Guess what??? He won't get anything passed now!!! Ha ha ha. What comes around goes around. Don't worry, the UNIONS will prosper over there and will get their collective bargaining rights back---Bank on it!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 7:55 pm

Wake up. This is the OWS AND Reform people being angry that teachers have it "so good". They are coming for us....just saw three articles bashing Philly teacher's union and their "Gravy Train". Things WILL change as people want things 'equal' across the board.

Submitted by Jack (not verified) on June 6, 2012 10:06 am

I'm guessing you didn't read past the headline. The Wisconsin Republicans lost control of the State Senate. Now your hero, Gov Walker, will have to work with Democrats to get anything accomplished. No rubberstamping by his tea party friends. I guess the Koch Brothers forgot to pour additional billions into those races.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 12:48 pm

Yes!! I am so glad the Democrats took over the Senate in Wisconsin!! This is fo rthe blabber on here that keeps praising Scott Walker--Guess what??? He won't get anything passed now!!! Ha ha ha. What comes around goes around. Don't worry, the UNIONS will prosper over there and will get their collective bargaining rights back---Bank on it!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 1:05 pm

No They won't get their collective bargaining rights back. Walker has veto power. HA HA HA!

On a side note, the people of San Diego and San Jose just overwhemingly voted to reduce pension benefits for government workers. 2/3 in San DIego and a whoping 70% in San Jose. They will put the apparatchiks on 401K type plans, just like everyone in private industry, for whom they serve, has.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57448189/san-diego-san-jose-voters-e...

Submitted by Jack (not verified) on June 6, 2012 2:25 pm

Wow, you are one sick dude. No matter what job someone is in or whether you are in public or private industry, Republican or Democrat, it is never right to cheer when people lose money or jobs. What goes around, comes around. Comparing workers to the Communist Party, is quite frankly, revolting. So these workers who have worked for 20, 25 or 30 years now will lose money because politicians did not budget properly and did not work through the collective bargaining process to reduce costs. By your reasoning, I'm guessing that the unions had a gun to the politicians heads during negotiations so they were forced to sign favorable contracts with the unions.
So their failure to be stewards of taxpayer money for years and years is covered up by them riling up people like you to fight their battles.

Troll Moron.

Submitted by Ken Derstine on June 6, 2012 3:03 pm

So the pensions of city workers are cut in San Diego and San Jose because of falling tax revenues? Do they really think this will solve the problem because now tax revenues will fall even more as people move into poverty. Then there will have to be more cuts until people wake up to the fact that they have been scammed by the 1% who are laughing all the way to the bank...until the banks collapse too!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 7, 2012 12:56 am

No. You see, as governent workers they don't actually produce anything that can be sold at a profit. Every dollar they make must be taken from someone else (taxpayers). Conversely, every dollar less the government workers make is one dollar more for a taxpayer, who earned it himself and knows better how to deploy it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 7, 2012 1:56 am

so, let me see if I understand your thinking here.

State and Federal employees such as, oh let's just say, Service men and women in the military, Judges, Policemen, Firemen and teachers don't produce anything of any value?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 7, 2012 9:42 am

I didn't say that now, did I? I said they don't produce a PROFIT. If you invest a dollar in a private sector worker he/she produces something, a product or service, that can be sold for 2 dollars. The difference is called gross profit. The original dollar is paid back and the other dollar is new wealth. For public sector workers, every dollar they make must be taken from someone else. There is no profit made. I'm not saying civil servants are not necessary, because they are, but they are not worth what we are paying them.

It's funny you should bring up the military because I see countless posts on here railing against the military budget. It seems your union wants the money of not only private sector workers, but also the money of other government workers.

Submitted by Jack (not verified) on June 7, 2012 9:05 am

The Government cannot legally make a profit. The Government gets the best pricing, and charges a surcharge to cover costs, like employee salaries and other overhead. This is the same surcharge you pay anywhere else, even at Walmart, only it's called a markup and that is profit for the retail company on the item you bought.
Apples to oranges.

Try again.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 7, 2012 10:21 am

Yes. The government SHOULD get the best pricing for taxpayers. That means outlawing collective bargaining for public sector workers, just as the federal government does. If we need teachers, put out a number we can afford and see how many apply. If we don't get enough applicants, then raise the offer. We shouldn't pay one more dime than we have to when taxpayer money is concerned. And that goes for any public service.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 7, 2012 12:32 pm

Think you for enlightening us that fascism is indeed abroad in the land. You want wage slaves who make a bare bones existence while the wealthy reap fantastic profits off their labor.

World War III will be much worse than World War II. The U.S. pivot to the Pacific to confront China is all part of your same mentality. You might not think so, but what you are proposing is what happened to Germany.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 7, 2012 1:42 pm

Welcome to the real world. The days of public union members retiring at the same age as their grandfathers, even though they live twenty years longer and require far more healthcare, are over. Live longer, work longer. Require more healthcare, pay for some of it. The fact that we have some government workers still eligible for retirement at 50 is laughable. It's completely unsustainable and won't be sustained. Either accept cuts now, or get zero benefits down the road when the entire system collapses on itself. That is the reality of the situation.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 6:05 pm

Jack--I think the poster went by the name bleat in the past. He's not worth responding to. Just a troll.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 2:35 pm

Again, you have no CLUE as to what you are talking about. Ok, so say all of the unions go away and people start making a lot less money. #1 is is good for the economy?? Why?? Because obviously no one will have money to buy things that adds to the economy. #2 The Middle Class will be wiped away. Everyone will be lower class or lucky enough to be upper class. #3 you don't like unions but it's okay for that union nurse to help save you or the flight you take to arrive safely under a union pilot. God forbid you need the police--oh they are union too. And most teachers are--union teachers taught me and mpost of my family and we didn't end up too bad. We all have good jobs. Post fact and post legitimate stuff!! Scab!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 5:54 pm

Is this you again bleat?? Get a life bro.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 12:49 pm

Wrong again---you do have no CLUE what you are talking about.

Yes!! I am so glad the Democrats took over the Senate in Wisconsin!! This is fo rthe blabber on here that keeps praising Scott Walker--Guess what??? He won't get anything passed now!!! Ha ha ha. What comes around goes around. Don't worry, the UNIONS will prosper over there and will get their collective bargaining rights back---Bank on it!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 12:50 pm

He still has the all important 3 senators (R) and the liuetenant governor. He still rules the roost.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 1:49 pm

Go to CNN.com The Democrats control the Senate in Wisconsin. The Democrats have a majority rul in the Senate so they call the shots. Walker will have to "kiss up" now because those Democrats will never forget what he did to collective bargaining. Rights that belonged to citizens, the people. The people control elected officials not the other way around.

Submitted by Philly Teacher (not verified) on June 5, 2012 10:35 pm

I'm checking in the mail every day for my layoff notice. On the downside I lose my pay. On the upside my life will be a lot less stressful.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 5, 2012 11:15 pm

If tax payers are taking the state back how bought they start paying their property taxes or have their homes auctioned at sherifs sales for back property taxes. I love dumb lower middle class republicans. Absolutely voting against their interest. Defense spending is where your federal tax dollars go dummy. When unions go and education is privatized my kids will get the best education and your kids will get whatever is left over Mr. Anti Union! Dummy! All the best teachers will go and work for the best schools and your kids will sit in a broken down school watching their dad pull up in a broke down hoopty from his 30,000 dollar a year job. Union yes! And I am Union and Wealthy but most importantly educated. Something you are not because anyone with real money has no problem spending the best to provide their children with the BEST education! Congrats Bum!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 5, 2012 11:52 pm

The people have spoken. Even 36% of union households voted for Walker!

Submitted by Jack (not verified) on June 6, 2012 10:32 am

YESSS! Destroy the workforce. Pay people minimum wage. Let the 1% get richer. Praise be to the Koch Brothers!!!

Moron.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 1:04 pm

Wrong again---you do have no CLUE what you are talking about.

Yes!! I am so glad the Democrats took over the Senate in Wisconsin!! This is fo rthe blabber on here that keeps praising Scott Walker--Guess what??? He won't get anything passed now!!! Ha ha ha. What comes around goes around. Don't worry, the UNIONS will prosper over there and will get their collective bargaining rights back---Bank on it!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 1:55 pm

Go to CNN.com The Democrats control the Senate in Wisconsin. The Democrats have a majority rul in the Senate so they call the shots. Walker will have to "kiss up" now because those Democrats will never forget what he did to collective bargaining. Rights that belonged to citizens, the people. The people control elected officials not the other way around.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 1:13 pm

cnn please. the least credible news (and I use the work news lightly) station on TV.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 2:15 pm

Truth hurts. Try politico.com

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 7:44 pm

Politico?!! Hardly unbiased.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 7:49 pm

FOX News

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 5:42 am

270 additional layoffs while Central Office is hiring away. Office of OAA has hired additional people all out of the operating budget, promoted individuals and paid relocation fee to a larger office. This is after non-reps within the same office took a mandated 3% - 5% paycut, furlough days and 5% pay towards benefits.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 6:56 am

Destroy the Middle Class and Unions--Make all the urban areas poverty stricken and THEN blame it on the people who live there. Been going on for 200 years.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 11:55 am

Why weren't all promotions put on hold? I though they were...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 9:06 am

Fire Linda Weyman. Useless, arrogant, uneducated.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 10:21 am

fire everyone at 440. they are all incompetent left overs from ackerman. how anyone believes that penny and her staff are brilliant is enough to make a person to gag.

Submitted by Mark (not verified) on June 6, 2012 2:22 pm

Weyman may be useless but sane. Donahue is NUTS, pure and simple. Worst part is she thinks others don't see it---a pathetic situation but so glaringly ugly that it's scary. She needs counseling and I hope she reads this and many other comments like it on this venue so it might register with her.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 5:33 pm

Kathy Donahue retired in February.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 5:34 pm

Kathy Donahue retired in February.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 6:21 pm

Good News for all concerned, especially herself.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 11, 2012 5:06 pm

Where will Wayman and the other regional sups go next year if they don't retire?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 10:50 am

Yet Mr. Knudsen has 2 chauffers, three personal assistants, a parent ombudsman (in the CFO's office), for real!!! an itinerant music teacher (for what)???? Yet we will lay-off the little guy. Penny has 2 special projects assistants. With the shape that the district is in, obviously no one at 440 is doing their job. There is one intern in Nixon's office. The only one who survived the grant changes. Check out who her mommy and daddy are. a school police chief and a region super. People keep writing blah, blah, blah about the district yet no one, including the union does a thing about the nonsense that is going on. Unless anyone wants to truly investigate 440 and write the TRUTH about what is going on, then everyone needs to just shut up, stop writing about the district and find something else to do. It is so annoying that so many people want to help with what is BEST for the district, yet no one wants to listen at 440. The district is doomed and going off the cliff and no one to stop it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 11:13 am

Ramos also has a driver, right?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 5:42 pm

Plus, that Good Samaritan Corbett will use all of this against us when he sends the black helicopters down from Harrisburg. If he cared even a little about our kids, he'd step in about the Gamble fiasco. Obama the same way.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 6:23 pm

why should corbett care. if a school district with less than 200 thousand students can survive on 2.1 BILLION dollars, then something is wrong! They receive free breakfast, free lunch, free transportation, free school supplies. They have teen pregnancy entitlements where they get free pampers, free formula, free pre-natal care. How much more do you want the non-union working schmo to pay for you to work 8 months out of the year and make over $110K when you are at the top of your game???? You get free health care, your pensions are outrageous and they keep raising MY PROPERTY TAXES TO KEEP YOU COMFORTABLE! There are schools with 6 school police, 5 Noon-times, deans, PPD. Why can't the parents of these children be made to be parents! How much am I supposed to pay so they can steal, cut, fight, curse out a teacher. Please.........unions are full of greedy people who are making everyone else pay their bills! Get a 12 month a year job making $50K and then tell me how much more you would be willing to contribute to a union cushion job. Blame Corbett? I guess the crappy economy is still Bush's fault. Democrats and Republicans are both wrong. They forgot about the people and care about themselves. Nutter is spineless. They let Ackerman walk away with $900 K of my hard earned money. Now Penny is acting super and she is accused of knowingly cheat on the PSSA's. You want people to care?????!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 6:44 pm

Bleat---this must be you !! Nobody else could be so dumb !! Get a life of your own, bro.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 7:56 pm

no, not Bleet. why is it so dumb for people to live within their means? why is it so dumb for people who get welfare to pack their child's lunch and send them off to school. why is it so dumb for a child to walk to school or mommy to buy their own tokens. it is not just the PFT that is putting a burden on cities and states. When you have trash collectors making upwards of 60K........well, I'll say no more.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 7:17 pm

Bleat-----You should be able to make as much money as you can legally. Don't you find it strange that CEOs who make 100 times more than you, want you to make less than you do? Unions help all workers, both unionized and not.
Do you have paid vacation time, paid sick time and such?? Thank Unions for that. You seem to sell yourself short and that's not healthy.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 9:39 pm

Why do you insist on believing that anyone who disagrees with you must be just one person? Are you living in that much of a bubble? People are furious that their taxes keep getting raised while public unions don't want to sacrifice anything. Walker didn't win last night because the 1% voted for him. He won because the majority of people support him in curtailing the outrageous and unaffordable salaries and benefits packages for public sector union workers. San Diego and San Jose the same thing. It's nationwide. In fact, most people I know consider the 1% AND public unions as the enemy.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 9:48 pm

Good Night, bleat -----hope you feel better.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 12:44 pm

Available for chauffeur or driver positon experienced philadelphia school teacher with master's degree. Hard-working, willing to work unconventional hours, works well under pressure, can adapt to any environment, and can do much with very little. Salary negotiable.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 12:20 pm

LOL! When you are not driving the CFO or the head of the SRC, you can sit in your car, read the paper, take a nap, take a 2 - 3 hour lunch. It is absolutely disgusting isn't it. I want to be his personal assistant. With 3 of them there can't be much for them to do either. You should call his office and tell him you want to offer suggestions on how to improve the district. One of his "personal assistants" will blow smoke up your butt and ask if you have had the honor, I kid you not, HONOR of meeting Ms. Nixon and her staff. They are absolutely BRILLIANT! Yes, they used the word BRILLIANT. Call Kristin Graham at the INQ and give her info. She does nothing with it. Call Martha Woodall at the district, give her info, she does nothing with it. Call your state rep, city council, Butkovitz, Lori Shorr. NOT ONE OF THEM CARES! They are all talk. Continue to get paid to do nothing. Our tax dollars hard at work.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 4:36 pm

Try Daniel Denvir at City Paper. He broke the Ackerman PR machine story.

Submitted by poetandknowit (not verified) on June 6, 2012 7:41 pm

ODE TO DANIEL DENVIR
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/25/whos_killing_philly_public_schools...

“The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot."
― Audre Lorde

Daniel in the lion's den, ROAR ROAR ROAR
Every jawn you've put out so far has been real to the core
Near the heart, you gotta be tougher than the bulldog on the bone
Verdad, es un "manmade disaster," cold cold as an ice cream cone
"Impending crisis," and no one but you
Run Daniel, Run! the story is true

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 3:53 pm

I am going to add that as a counselor I am available as bodyguard/life coach. Sigh.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 7:34 pm

I am a bit saddened by the infighting. It seems that unions are to blame and every body is angry at unions..... I have worked both non union and now a union position. I have been teaching 3 years. I was forced transferred, placed into a special position that has nothing to do with teaching English, getting ready to be let go again, and because I'm union, its my fault. In corporate America, that couldn't have happened. I could not have been hired for one position and then forced to do something completely different or let go. I didn't do this because of the pay...who does? I can't think of many other jobs that require you to have a master's and teaching cert (and all the debt that comes with it) and you get $46K in Philadelphia...all of the other cushy benefits afore mentioned are to offset the low pay for this job. We all know that. I already pay more taxes than people who live outside the city and my taxes will go up again but I don't get the benefit of tremendous schools with stable staff. Lets not blame unions for our problems. Unions have done more good than bad bad from my perspective. Lets not penalize teachers, we should be paid far more. (Don't get me started explaining what I have to do in a day.) My children should be guaranteed a quality, safe, free and appropriate public education. And I joined this team to make that happen for as many kids as possible. I am not to blame....I am not raping the system, getting over, and July 1st I will be trying to get unemployment for all my hard work and effort and mounting student loan debt. The purpose of a union is for fair treatment of the workforce. I am already getting screwed, but at least my husband dated me for a while first!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2012 10:47 pm

You got laid off? How are you planning to get unemployment?

Submitted by JoJoFox (not verified) on June 6, 2012 11:12 pm

The teacher bashing in Philadelphia would stop (or slow down) if the Philly media published the salary scales of suburb "striking" teachers at Council Rock, Neshaminy, etc....would love for the public to see the wide diversity in teacher pay scales in Pa.... its a major reality check.

Submitted by MBA to M'Ed mom (not verified) on June 7, 2012 9:22 am

Yes!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 8, 2012 1:27 pm

Have any counselors been able to find out where they are on the seniority list or if they have been laid off? I cannot get any information although they must have a list if letters are being mailed.

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