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Notes from the news, June 26

notes from the news imageMartinez faces public, explains his vision for improving the District The Notebook blog
Pedro Martinez, one of the two finalists to become superintendent, met with stakeholders throughout the day Monday.

See also: Finalist for School District superintendent job ready for change The Inquirer
Philadelphia superintendent finalist hears community concerns Daily News
School watchers react to superintendent candidate Daily News
Pedro Martinez: A look at his background in 5 critical areas The Notebook blog
Candidate For Philadelphia Superintendent Of Schools Meets With Public CBS Philly
Pedro Martinez: Collaboration v. Competition Making the Grade blog

Big money behind push for education tax credit program Daily News
The Fighting Chance PA PAC has given nearly a quarter of a million dollars to pro-voucher state legislators.

Who should be the next superintendent of the Philly schools? The Notebook blog
Please vote in our poll.

More Than 600 People Earn More Than $100K From the School District The Philly Post blog
A look at some of the highest earners in the District, based on information the District provided after a Right to Know request.

Use this web app to see your neighborhood’s designated public school Technically Philly
News of the School Finder tool continues to spread.

See also: School District Tells Home Buyers Not to Use New Website Feature in Exactly the Way They're Going to Use It Curbed Philly

Upper Darby school budget will ease some planned cuts The Inquirer

Two candidates for school chief The Philadelphia Tribune

Are Superintendent Finalists the Right Men For the Job? Chestnut Hill Patch

State news roundup Keystone State Education Coalition

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 26, 2012 11:44 am

The article on 600 plus staff making over $100,000 includes a few teachers. Some of the teachers are at Promise Academies (Germantown, Univ. City) - Barbara Jo Bess Pashak, Patricia Harrell, Karen Kelley Nickens and Michael Hawkins. This should bring attention to the "Promise" Academy model and see if it is at all cost effective. Other teachers make considerable "extra" salary from coaching. There are people who coach three teams, who often have very limited day responsibilities (e.g. little classroom time or are gym teachers) who are coaching three sports and earning anywhere from $12 - $16,000+ a year. Cut Promise Academies and athletic coaches salaries and there will be some savings.

Obviously, most staff making six figures are in Central Office jobs and are administrators. Why Debora Borges - Carrera, principal at a very small school (Kensington CAPA) is earning more than other principals is not clear. It isn't longevity or school size. I assume she is earning "EC" (extra curricular) type funding. Other top principals are at "Promise" Academies but not all. Why, for example, are Thomas Koger Michelle Byruch, who are at "non-high needs schools" making so much? Principals were given 12 month contracts and gained considerable raises in their last contract. With no summer school, who knows what principals will do this summer. Many teacher do school related work from workshops to lesson planning to fixing their room without compensation. Principals no longer do anything outside of the school day without compensation. This is one area to cut.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 26, 2012 12:03 pm

I don't think there is a single person in this entire district who deserves more than 100k.

Submitted by Lyka Smith (not verified) on October 31, 2012 8:03 am
This should bring attention to the "Promise" Academy model and see if it is at all cost effective. Other teachers make considerable "extra" salary from coaching. network-fraud

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