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Notes from the news, Feb. 26

By the Notebook on Feb 26, 2013 10:42 AM

How much would the sequester hurt state and Philly schools? Inquirer

Pennsylvania lags behind nation in improving graduation rates. Notebook

Educators and technologists converged to solve school problems. Technically Philly

Daily News asks its People's Editorial Board what it thinks about school closings. Daily News

"Renaissance" schools announcement raises questions about program's success. Tribune

Bill Cosby surprise visits Philadelphia High School for Girls. Yahoo

ACTION United and PCAPS will march to protest school closings. Our City Our Schools

JUNTOS is organizing a rally for Vare. Our City Our Schools

Come to the next meeting of the Reflective Teacher Network. Making the Grade

Is public preschool a smart investment? NY Times

News summary from Keystone State Education Coalition


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Comments (6)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 26, 2013 2:48 pm
So when are we going to get some news about the contract negotiations that are going on?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 26, 2013 4:45 pm
If you have not read the district's Five Year Fiscal Plan, please do. There are some items that are going to FINANCIALLY RUIN PFT households. We can no longer sit idle. We should be up in arms, SCREAMING from the rafters. It is rumored that SDP wants a 13% pay cut and we pay for our health care. Adding a spouse, to our insurance, will cost an additional $70 per pay. There is a general membership meeting on March 20 at 4:30 - Girl's High. Every union member must be at this meeting. Wear your PFT red. SILENCE IS YOUR SIGNATURE OF AGREEMENT!!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 26, 2013 6:43 pm
I got this from an email for building reps regarding proposed points Salary Reduction 0-25,000 will take a 5% wage reduction 25,000-55,000 will take a 10% wage reduction 55,000-MAX will take a 13% wage reduction Salaries will remain unchanged until January 1, 2017. Preps will be directive by adminstration Health Care Benefit will be ran by School District 8 hours workday no pay increase No more job security Senior Career Teachers have been removed Employees shall receive termination pay for each unused day at the rate of $160, not your daily rate Employees shall be paid every other Friday by direct deposit of pay (you don't have a choice) Members will do yard, recess, and lunchroom duties School Board will have the right to outsource
Submitted by Jane (not verified) on February 26, 2013 6:10 pm
Even if only half of this comes to pass, the School District appears to be establishing itself as "TFA-R-Us." Schools will be filled with 2 year (on my way to bigger and better) teachers. As a parent this is very scary.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 26, 2013 6:23 pm
The District will reduce your salary but continue to make the same costly budgetary mistakes. Last year, non-reps experienced similar salary deductions but the excessive spending, hiring and raises continued. Non-reps had no option.....but you do. Jeffy and Rob should be ashamed of themselves.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 26, 2013 6:46 pm
The District will reduce your salary but continue to make the same costly budgetary mistakes. Last year, non-reps experienced similar salary deductions but the excessive spending, hiring and raises continued. Non-reps had no option.....but you do. Jeffy and Rob should be ashamed of themselves.

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