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District releases detailed budget proposal

by thenotebook on Apr 26 2013 Posted in Latest news

As City Council's school budget hearings approach, the District has released its detailed financial plan for next year, showing line by line the withered financial health that the city's schools are in. 

The consolidated budget, which the School Reform Commission and City Council will hold hearings on next week, lays out in 350 pages of detail the entirety of the District's financial resources and its spending plans, department by department. All funding sources, including grants and federal entitlements, revenue from the city and state, revenue from the sale of school buildings, tax dollars, and debt services are listed and accounted for.  

Earlier this month, District officials presented details on proposed school budgets that slash expenditures by about 25 percent. Unless District efforts succeed in securing additional revenues and extracting labor concessions, principals and teachers will be asked to run their schools on a shoestring, without counselors and other support staff.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 17:22.

As a school teacher in the school district of Philadelphia what the district is doing can not be more wrong and impossible a task to accomplish. A skeleton crew of teachers with class sizes of 33 or more until leveling occurs, oh wait leveling has been eliminated. No pull out or push in interventions or supports, no counselors, no one to answer the phones because the school principal will be monitoring lunchrooms 2+ hours of their day while monitoring doors and the safety of the students in the halls, all the while teachers are in the classrooms trying to deliver quality content to children who may need to see a counselor for a problem. Oh wait the counselors have all been cut! No supplies either and even the current $100.00 given to teachers by the district for supplies, though most teachers spend hundreds if not thousands more per year on their classrooms and students has also been eliminated.
Not only is the safety of our children and students in jeopardy by this budget, but also the ability to effectually and efficiently run a school building. The district and SRC created these financial problems and need to design a plan that does not effect its employees to such as extreme that their quality of life and that of their families is effected by these cuts. Individuals with 1 and in some cases 2 master degrees plus additional course work who worked to get to where they are for over a decade asked to take such drastic cuts. More needs to be reviewed.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 08:17.

It seems like the deputy super has been fired in the past due to budget questions...hmmmm. just saying. Seems like since the SRC came, we have major financial issues. Aren't they the group that was sent to help? They are the ones who make the decisions on the money. Does this appear a bit questionable? Just saying.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 17:27.

Does anyone know if the situation with the budget is the reason there is not an updated teacher vacancy list? I heard we could start requesting transfers, but there is no information anywhere that I could find.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:50.

Site Select has been pushed back till May 29. I'd be surprised if the vacancy list gets updated before then. That means forced transfer probably will begin in early July and voluntary transfers in late July. The 24 closing schools will all need to deal with Right to Follow before Site Selext can begin.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 14:14.

Login to your District Account...click Launch on "Employee Transfer Request"...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 14:18.

Login to your district account..."Employee Transfer Request" is where it is.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 16:55.

I know where it is and how to go about doing it, but the vacancy list doesn't have anything on it and is still for the 2012-2013 school year: http://www.philasd.org/vacancy_list/

It is hard to put requests in when the vacancy list is blank.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/28/2013 - 12:27.

That has always been the catch. They want you to put in your transfer request without you knowing where you might end up. That way they know whether or not to list your position as vacant for next year.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/28/2013 - 16:09.

Can you still put in voluntary requests for up to 10 schools? that is a problem not knowing what's open but traditionally people called the PFT for the latest list. Some people have been reluctant to put in voluntary requests too early for fear of reprisal by their principal but that kind of intimidation is not fair or warranted.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/28/2013 - 14:02.

It's too early for an updated vacancy list, not everyone who is going to retire gives notice by now, and principals haven't made final decisions.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 06:48.

Don't believe the SDP management's propaganda! If you read the article the other day in the Inquirer, they won't have additional charter seats available for the 2013-14 year. However, they expect to have additionall seats in 2014-15. How does that occur? Once the unions give back, money from Harrisburg will flow into the SDP to then go to charters. This is all just to set a precedent of having the unions give-back.

Submitted by Gtown_teach (not verified) on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 08:39.

Vote Corbutt out. It's that simple. Change the education secretary, and reverse course on charters. I'm sure if you investigated charters and held them to the same standards as public schools, half of them would be on the chopping block.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 09:15.

If you held charters to the same standards as public schools, you would have to let them fail for thirty years then spend billions of dollars to close them.

Submitted by Gtown_teach (not verified) on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 19:53.

Can't even go there. You'd have to let public schools weed out students with IEPs if you wanted a fair comparison on scores.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:05.

That would account for the past 10 years, but what about the 30 other 20. The system is and has been broken. It's not the fault of most teacher, nor is the fault of most charter operators. However, look at the few who are consistently proving the stereotype correct (lazy and inept teachers, money grabbing charters, etc...). The same people who are exploiting students and teachers are also exploiting many of the charters. You just need to wake up and look at the people who are not suffering -event in these hard times.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/28/2013 - 09:31.

The PFT and Jerry Jordan cannot fail us. We must all remain strong and not
cave in to those who oppose providing the education that all our children
deserve and are entitled to having. This is a critical test for the union to see
their strength and conviction to the children, their families, and to the union
members. We must not give back a single cent. Who is to say that by doing so
that there is a guarantee we would not be in this position again. The politicians
such as Corbitt should be ashamed of themselves and should be voted out.
The school district, SRC, and others should have seen this coming and done
something to remedy the situation a long time ago. Who pays a superintendent
one million dollars to leave? The charter schools have led to the demise of the
district. We have not created this situation and it is up to those that created
this situation to fix it without penalizing the innocent.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/28/2013 - 15:32.

I totally agree with this except that the PFT is not an entity unto itself without you. You cannot leave things up to Jerry and the bargaining team to fix for you without your input. Corbett and his ilk are not ashamed, and neither are Democrats like Rhee. Arne Duncan, and Dwight Evans who are complete opportunists doing the bidding of monied people. The silence of the President is deafening btw but he's a known charter advocate.

Submitted by Joe (not verified) on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 19:52.

No, like Nutter, when he pandered for votes, he strolled into the union strongholds sucking up big time. Funny how that "silence is golden" rule now rules him. I have lost all respect for Obama and Nutter doesn't even approach pond scum level. As they say in South Philly, "He has an uphill climb to get to the bottom."

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 21:03.

Oh geez now BO has Penny Pritzker in his cabinet- a real 1% er and well known union buster. I don't ever remember BO being chummy with unions, he says just enough to get the vote and stops there. "People have a right to organize and join a union" that's where it stops. Nutter @@

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/28/2013 - 11:21.

Can anyone verify that all AP's got their 60 day notices last week? I heard a rumor, but not sure it is true.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/28/2013 - 14:17.

My feeling is that by proposing such an austere (ridicuclous) budget they're hoping that people on the upper end will be disgusted enough to retire. That way salaries will be less, a bigger % wil go into the penison fund from a newbie paycheck, and younger ppl will be less likely to join the union. It's all in their plan (and not just in Philly) but the one thing you cannot tell me is that ther's no money anywhere- that's a lie! Are the better off Districts suffereing? This truly is the civil rights issue of today, our kids are being treated like 2nd class citizens and pawns in a privatizing game.

Don't let it happen, be unified in your dissent and don't let anyone tell you you are being selfish for wanting to hold onto your job. That's a privatizer ploy to instill guilt by saying that you "don't care about the kids."

Submitted by Joe (not verified) on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 19:47.

The only people gullible enough to STILL fall for that, are folks who either don't get cable or have been in a cave for the last 3 years.

Submitted by Anon, anon, we must go anon (not verified) on Sun, 04/28/2013 - 15:27.

Our AP said he got one.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/30/2013 - 02:14.

How do they manage to increase personnel costs for food services by nearly $10mm in 2 years (not contract costs, but direct employees)? There are fewer students...

Was the supposed giveback from the SEIU a fraud? Maybe people make less base comp, but there are more employees doing the same work and more overtime?

$10mm here, $10mm there. Pretty soon you're talking about real money.

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