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District lays off 76 in central and regional administration; eliminates 137 jobs

The other shoe has dropped: The School District issued layoff notices Friday to 76 employees in its central and regional offices, eliminating 137 jobs.

"The new round of layoffs will impact all central administrative offices, including academic and operational functions," said a District statement. The layoffs will save $23 million. Some departments were cut by 40 percent.

These cuts come on top of 3,783 layoffs announced last week of school-based personnel, including all counselors and secretaries, most assistant principals, and all support personnel.

"In total, the school-based, regional and central administrative office reductions represent 19.9 percent of the current 19,530-member workforce," the statement said. Since 2011, overall staff has been reduced by 34.3 percent and central administration by 44.6 percent.

The layoffs don't equal the job eliminations because many of the affected positions had been left vacant.

The regional office cuts will primarily impact support for early childhood education, according to the District's statement. Due to cutbacks in Head Start, the District is seeking to privatize more of those seats. Now, there are not enough high-quality preschool seats in the city to accommodate all the students who need them.

In the central office, the cuts will affect professional development support for teachers and principals, the student placement office that matches students with schools, custodial, engineering and maintenance services in buildings, and the transportation department. 

The communications department will be cut -- no more live streaming of School Reform Commission meetings. Drivers' ed is gone. Fewer people in the central office will be available to answer phones. The IT department will also be cut, meaning less technical support to schools and other offices.

At the end of May, the School Reform Commission adopted a so-called "doomsday" budget with a $304 million shortfall, saying it was obligated to avoid assuming that it would have more money than it was certain to receive. Cuts in state and federal aid over the last several years have been severe; last year, the District borrowed $300 million to make ends meet, but can't do that again.

"These staff reductions further underscore our need for additional funding from the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and personnel savings," the press release said. The District is seeking $120 million from the state and $60 million from the city, as well as $133 million in union concessions.

The state and the city must complete their budgets by the end of this month. If more money comes through, layoffs can be rescinded.

 

 

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Comments (81)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 14, 2013 7:57 pm
No surprise there. It's all coming apart.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 14, 2013 7:10 pm
Today they just hired another "top" position. I assume no "top positions" were laid off...
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 14, 2013 9:28 pm
Top positions now have to manage 20% fewer people so they should get a 20% pay cut, right? We teachers will have to manage 10% more students next year, so we should get a 10% pay increase, right? :)
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 14, 2013 10:00 pm
LOL! Don't count on it.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2013 6:54 am
Good thought... I question why there are 12-month positions in a 10-month business. No one at the admin offices works that hard.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2013 6:31 am
That's right NO top positions have lost their jobs (nor did they "lose" their jobs in the last 2 "cuts" -- top people who were being "replaced," were "moved" to other positions). Also, they have not stopped hiring "other" positions. This "top" position is not the only hire in the last couple months.
Submitted by Tymir (not verified) on June 14, 2013 7:41 pm
Who are the people who lost their jobs? It is MADDENING that Hite keeps his high paying job while causing upheaval in thousands of adult's and tens of thousands of children's lives.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 14, 2013 9:04 pm
Tymir--It will get worse, much worse unless WE stop it.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2013 6:07 am
HOW? Even the mayor is in on this. A lot of the hires seem to be connected to Rendell.
Submitted by Fatty (not verified) on June 15, 2013 6:07 am
The people that actually deal with parents and children. In other words the people who make little money and do their work!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2013 7:39 pm
Tymir, I am one of the 126 assistant principals who lost their job. 22 years in the system and 10 as an AP and they send me a letter saying my services have been suspended. Thanks for the support Dr. Hite.
Submitted by Tymir (not verified) on June 17, 2013 8:54 pm
I am so sorry that you lost your job after all these years of service. We have GOT to get our district back. We MUST get rid of the SRC. Hite is a puppet as are the SRC members. We must find who is pulling the strings - I think they are bigger than Corbett - and insist they stop for morality's sake. Hope to see you at the rally this week.
Submitted by Poogie (not verified) on June 14, 2013 7:51 pm
Administrative Central staff down by 44%. Good start now they are only 200% overstaffed.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2013 6:38 am
This is technically not true because many of the positions that were cut were actually cut back when folks retired in June, 2011. They brought back the positions on paper only (the notebook published that budget), and then cut them and a few others. BUT what isn't being shared is all the new hires and the salary they are going to be paid. So, I'm not sure Central staff still has truly suffered any cuts -- I think it's just musical chairs for the positions. They're cut from one office and moved to another.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 14, 2013 7:07 pm
Really? They're cutting Live Streaming?!!! I've spent countless hours watching SRC meetings online, especially during the school closing fiasco. This sounds like a strategy to limit our access to public information. We need to make a ruckus about this one.
Submitted by Mark G (not verified) on June 14, 2013 7:39 pm
Is this real? All of this? I feel like I took a crazy pill. No IT support? Hite is a tool.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 14, 2013 9:22 pm
Northeast High had 5 assistant principals?
Submitted by Mark G (not verified) on June 15, 2013 12:44 pm
And thousands of children. Literally thousands. A principal would need help to do the thing a principal is supposed to do (such as supervise teachers to monitor instruction).
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 4:53 pm
They said Northeast High has 3,000 students. I went to Dougherty when it had 3,000 students and it had ONE assistant principal. What a bloated bureaucracy. No wonder the district is in trouble.
Submitted by Douglas (not verified) on June 15, 2013 4:44 pm
Catholic schools of years ago and public schools of today is comparing apples to oranges. You know this; be reasonable.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 4:23 pm
So You're Saying It's Impossible For Public Schools To Run Efficiently?
Submitted by Rasheem (not verified) on June 15, 2013 5:31 pm
Where in the world did I say that? I'm saying that, for example, if you could hit children, as Catholic schools allowed in the past (my parents and I attended Catholic schools - that is not a myth), there would be less behavior problems. We live in a litigious and sensationalistic society that promotes chaos. In addition, there are laws in place (e.g. PL 94-142 and NCLB come to mind) that require accountability that was not required by Catholic schools of the past. Schools of the past did not face sanctions because of test scores and tracking students was the norm - if someone had a learning disability, there were no legal requirements to educate in the least restrictive environment. Again, please be rational and use logic. You cannot, using good common sense, compare the schools of today with the Catholic schools of yesterday.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 7:09 pm
Well think you should be allowed to beat the daylights out of them. Maybe that's something to bring up in negotiations. The Catholic schools of the past didn't need sanctions. The kids learned. The system worked. And these were solidly blue collar kids. Not all of them were the brightest.
Submitted by anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 8:32 pm
Some who weren't the brightest are commenting on the Notebook right now.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 9:38 pm
I can see that. They think there is a magic money tree to give them anything they demand and that there should be zero accountability, no competition, and no performance expectations. Well, that is all coming to an end, and right quick, even if it takes the privatization of every school in this city. Welcome to the real world.
Submitted by anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 9:06 pm
The "real world" being created by the privatization agenda will be a world with no democracy, a world with separate and unequal educational opportunity sanctioned by the state. This world was conceived by powerful, monied interests. It is not a world our young want to inherit. This world feels like the "Hunger Games". How can you so smugly accept this world? Is is because you can only envision yourself as a winner in this world? Have you never been vulnerable? Have you never needed any assistance from anyone? Are you so fearful of ever being vulnerable that the thought of being vulnerable generates hateful comments like your posting here? Is this really the world you want for your children and your grandchildren. Is this the world you children want to inherit?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 9:08 pm
Competition works. It creates innovation. It weeds out the incompetent. If you want to live in a place where everything is run by the state, you can try North Korea. But you don't, do you? You fully enjoy the benefits of capitalism like your computer and your iphone. You just want an exemption for yourself.
Submitted by Douglas (not verified) on June 15, 2013 11:00 pm
I do?! Hmm. Wasn't aware of that. Thank for you the edification.
Submitted by Eileen Duffey (not verified) on June 16, 2013 1:06 pm
Is the purpose of our schools solely to weed out the incompetent? Is there any other value to public education other than to trample on top of each other? Is this what I have devoted my life to? I do not agree. I will accept an exemption from your worldview. Yes, even if it means giving up my computer. I do no have an iphone.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2013 9:02 pm
you can accept your worldview. Or you cannot. But it is coming down on you
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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2013 12:44 pm
ESL teacher?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2013 5:14 am
The working class today is not the working class of yesterday. Research shows us that the working class of 30-40 years ago went to church more and had many more characteristics in their behaviors then today which aided in success, such as married parents, more spending money for extras in life, better access to affordable housing, greater percentage of a parent home to raise the children, etc… Today the middle class is more in line with “blue collar or working class of the 1980s and 70s, etc… “ We are seeing many Catholic schools fail as well, but we have no numbers or no numbers to compare that can be trusted. The good news is what is true in America is also happening in other countries. In the entire world you can estimate test scores based on parent income, this is a fact. There are always exceptions, the British and other countries did research and came up what effects students’ performance in the classroom. The results show, that 50% is genetics and how a child is raised. The other 50%, 10% can only be attributed to teacher/school performance. The other 40% is the student themselves. Both parents and teachers need to help build our children up, students of lessor means have enough to deal with, testing does nothing to change the outcome… Not just in America, but research shows these same trends can be found around the world. Say a kind word to a young person every day, that's are our future! Peace!
Submitted by Douglas (not verified) on June 16, 2013 9:28 am
That was a nice post. Thank you. ;-)
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2013 6:25 am
I went to LF when there were just under 4,000 students. It currently has less than 700 and has both a principal and vice (assistant?) principal and MANY other people in administrative positions. Multiple 700 X 5 and THAT is how many children are at NE. Do the math -- if less that 700 in a Catholic school justifies having a vice principal, why wouldn't having almost 3,500 justify having 5??
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 14, 2013 9:20 pm
unless hite and kihn's names are on this list then whatever. these two are carnival worker clowns.
Submitted by JMH (not verified) on June 14, 2013 9:45 pm
I think there are a lot of really good hard working people losing jobs...not everyone who works in the district is a lump. The shame is that many of the news reading ...comment posting public do not see that these good hard working people are critical. I hope that the politicos and the district leadership get it together it in time...
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 14, 2013 11:48 pm
Hite is doing exactly what he was sent here to do. He's a closer. Unless he is stopped, there will be almost NO Public Ed. in Phila. in a couple years, just charters ripping off the kids' money and making the crooked pols and the charter providers lots of easy money. Corbett, Nutter and his hero, Obama, are in on this too, of course. It's a National Scheme to dissolve democracy and all its appendages like unions in the inner cities which are predominately poor and people of color. The only people who can't see this, are liars and people who aren't looking at it.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 1:05 am
Your comment is borderline conspiracy theorist but you are making alot of sense. I'm with you on this Joe. Surprisingly enough.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 15, 2013 8:38 am
NO, remove the borderline from your comment and you'll fully get what I'm saying. Look at the facts, read EVERYTHING Ken Derstine has written and Tom 104 has written and tell me it's not a conspiracy. Oswald alone killed Kennedy. A bunch of terrorists blew up the Twin Towers. BUT, this is a conspiracy and it's not even close. Google Broad Foundation; Google ALEC. They're not even trying to hide their motives anymore. They're bitch slapping democratic principles in the inner cities for all to see. Obama has given support to it too and don't even get me started on the WUS named Nutter.
Submitted by Rich Migliore (not verified) on June 15, 2013 9:19 am
They are attacking full force and from every direction. They smell victory. They show up at every public meeting. They place articles in newspapers. They try to buy their influence at every step of the way. They attack in Washington, in Harrisburg, in Philadelphia, in Chester. They make contributions to legislators, governors, mayors, who in return give them schools to operate and profit from. The Philadelphia School Partnership is the leading "front organization" operating in Philadelphia. Eli Broad himself wrote an article in Education Week in which he openly explained his philosophy of creating churn to weaken the opposition. I do believe the title to the article was something like, "Never Give Up an Opportunity to Create Churn." Their mantra is, "We should support high performing schools of any type." Just as long as they are operated by privatized operators. And all the while they support, the starvation of real public schools -- just like you see happening right before our eyes. What we are watching unfold is indeed an orchestrated corporate raid on public education so it can be privatized and converted into privately run businesses -- for profit. And yes, Ken Derstine, is, one of the greatest intellects and diligent workers in exposing what is really going on around us. It is indeed the Theater of the Absurd.
Submitted by tom-104 on June 15, 2013 10:47 am
Who Is Eli Broad and why is he trying to destroy public education? http://www.defendpubliceducation.net/
Submitted by Education Grad ... on June 15, 2013 1:35 pm
Rich, Ken is a fantastic mind when it comes to education and the realities of education reform. It's no surprise that he's now an editor for the Network for Public Education. Not only does be bring general expertise, but he brings his specific experience in and expertise on Philadelphia, which is crucial given that Philadelphia is one of the front lines in this current battle over corporate education reform. EGS
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 15, 2013 3:26 pm
I totally agree.
Submitted by Douglas (not verified) on June 15, 2013 4:30 pm
I think the district will be no more in less than a couple years.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 15, 2013 4:13 pm
Douglas, that is exactly right--------------unless the PEOPLE stop it and by any means necessary.
Submitted by Douglas (not verified) on June 15, 2013 5:18 pm
What means are you suggesting?
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 15, 2013 5:43 pm
Sitting around and waiting for our own execution is surely not the answer. Corbett needs to feel our anger and disgust with his actions. Nutter also needs to feel it. The SRC also needs to feel it. Obama himself is allowing his own voters to be abused and his silence is deafening. The PEOPLE need to be heard. The administration in Chicago felt the wrath of the people and backed off at least in terms of the new contract. Here, we're just sitting around for the very most part and as Rich said, they're attacking us from all directions. Maybe we are the punks and pansies they think us to be !!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2013 6:40 am
So, again, HOW do we stop it? As you said it is ALL politically devised and powered.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 2:17 am
Most of the positions cut were from the unions. The SDP wants them to give back concessions in pay and health care. After they give back some of those positions will be restored. They are trying to make the regular public schools look bad so that parents will demand sending their kids to charter schools.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 3:02 am
Why is there false reporting on the number of lay off's of assistant principals? One report said " All assistant principal" and another said "most assistant principals". Did the school district keep 33 assistant principals illegally? What schools lost their assistant principal? What schools kept their assistant principals as requested by our Union?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 11:06 am
It's not false reporting. They are "eliminating" all the assistant principal positions. Some of the people are being reassigned. Most are being "laid off."
Submitted by U. Hate (not verified) on June 15, 2013 12:00 pm
Some APs retired, others have accepted principal positions, ans some resigned. Therefore all have not been laid off.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 6:24 am
What is happening is criminal. There is no way schools can SAFELY open, with the current staffing levels. Don't be surprised if the next thing you hear is that schools will not open this fall. WAKE Up people!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 7:50 am
The PFT leadership has given every sign that it will just go along with what is happening. They will probably not accept a contract with cutbacks (like the city workers are doing who have been without a contract for years under Nutter), but the PFT leadership gives no sign it is prepared to organize a fight against this. There is therefore the possibility that the SRC and Nutter will stage a lock-out, closing the schools until the PFT accepts major concessions.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 6:59 am
You may have something there. Once parents realize the absurdity of opening schools without secretaries, counselors, nurses, NTAs, etc., then they (parents) can stage a student sick-out in September to protest the cuts.
Submitted by Kelly Jenkins (not verified) on June 15, 2013 7:17 am
If you are a dues paying member of the PFT, whether you agree with the direction of the union or not, whether you like Jerry Jordan or not, you need to be at the meeting this Thursday. A lot of us sit here and talk about what needs to be done, but few are willing to take the steps to do it. Contact your building rep for meeting info.
Submitted by Anon, anon, we must go anon (not verified) on June 15, 2013 3:15 pm
Meeting Info right here: http://www.pft.org/Page.aspx?pgid=71&article=530 Be there!
Submitted by Poogie (not verified) on June 15, 2013 8:13 am
I am a teacher and these statistics just made me think that we still might be over staffed. We now have about 8800 teachers in the district now. What the Hell do the other 11,000 people do????? Lay them off and then pay and support the teachers. OK maybe we need to hire another 500-1000 school police. But getting rid of say 8,000 people who I do not know what they do would pay for them and teacher raises. Would the school run any worse?? Any holes in this plan???
Submitted by Poogie (not verified) on June 15, 2013 9:21 am
I am serious this the solution to the budget crisis. Say we lay off 11,000 people you and I do not know what the Hell they do. We re-hire the counselors, laid off teachers, half the secretaries, a few more nurses and I will even go for half the APs. We then hire 1000 school police and give 440 the right to hire 2,000 administrators and contract out for maintenance personal that actually fix things and clean the buildings. Then we have 13,000 to 14,000 people. We then have enough money to stop the crisis and all get a raise. Any holes in that scenario??
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 15, 2013 3:23 pm
Poogie----You usually make more sense than this. Don't let them divide and conquer us. Is there some fat in the School District ?? Of course, but don't become the judge, jury and executioner. Someone, even more sarcastic than I would answer you question by saying, "Yes, there is a big hole in your post." Of course, I wouldn't elaborate or The Nopebook would punish me.
Submitted by Poogie (not verified) on June 15, 2013 3:00 pm
I might stick together more it I believed anything that 440 told me but I think these layoffs are phony. There are many vacant positions down there that they had no intention of filling and these ghost employees probably got the boot. I could be wrong but do you guys believe that 440 cut its own??? Laying off a lazy union teacher is easy. But laying off that politically connected guy who no one is sure what he does is hard since the 440 people see him everyday sleeping with his feet on his desk and they fear for his nice family since he will never get a job anywhere else but 440. So they keep him and toss another teacher to the curb. The attitude in this screwed up place is the bottom serves the top. Many teachers have never worked in the real world and do understand how completely dysfunctional the district is. That is why Charter Schools are running rings around us. They may be run by crooks but crooks beat idiots every time.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 15, 2013 4:51 pm
Poogie--I hear your frustration but you're making assumptions based on what evidence?? Also, and again, don't let them divide your loyalties. Solidarity.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2013 6:45 am
Poogie, it is amazing how VERY close to the truth you are.
Submitted by U. Hate (not verified) on June 15, 2013 3:50 pm
Huh??? How about we just keep things the way they are and make teachers assume the responsibilies of those lost positions?? How about that??
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 11:23 am
A teacher spends their day in class. (Most, do.) They do not see the weight they are carrying in terms of politically connected jobs. Teachers must be certified, the rest of the crew can have a GED to function. In charter schools, it is even worse. The big slice of the pie goes to the administration, the teacher slices get smaller and smaller. There are also local and state individuals who people the pension funds, unions organizations, department of ed, etc.,. All these slots will eventually go down the tubes if there are no teachers to pin the expense on. You can't have 10% teaching costs and 90% administrative and support costs. Those who smugly occupy those slots don't realize that they are going to go, too, in a time. Many good, hard working teachers lost their jobs and will continue to loose their jobs. Does anyone really think teachers will work even harder at half pay to educate public school students? You get what you pay for. This is, in fact, an overall plan by rich, greedy entities to avoid paying taxes of any kind. This has been going on for years. The democratic mayors who facilitate this, thinking it is for the common good, are dummies. There is really nothing that can be done unless people start to agree on goals and unite to achieve them. Racism, sexism, and bigotry work on behalf of the rich to keep it that way.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 3:05 pm
This is like a bad episode of the twilight zone...OMG
Submitted by Rasheem (not verified) on June 15, 2013 4:29 pm
No Child Left Behind has ensured that schools can be taken over. It's a federal law. I expected it from Bush, but Obama has disappointed.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 15, 2013 9:48 pm
Poogie, the 11,000 other workers are building engineers, cafeteria workers, payroll, HR, Accounting, Grants, Transportation, Food Services, Construction, secretaries in the schools, School operations officers, counselors, nurses,bus attendants, bus drivers, maintenance etc Get a grip on your suggestions.
Submitted by Poogie (not verified) on June 15, 2013 10:18 pm
OK 1.we contract out the building maintenance maybe then someone will come by and fix the air conditioner in my room that has not worked for three years. 2. We get subway or may someone like to deliver sandwiches every day. that has to be cheaper. 3. Expand trespasses and get rid of all bus drivers except special ed who if you watch the news so not stop at likes. 4. Fire the entire payroll department and hire Paychex or ADP that is what private companies do. We are in the education business not payroll processing business. 5. Construction?? what the heck is the school district building?? Maybe send one of to my room to fix the air conditioner they never maintained. 5. Maintenance contract it out. Believe me a private company would have sent someone to at least look at my air conditioner after three years of district inaction. 6. Secretaries you could hire a few because the clueless principals I have worked under need someone to tell them how the system work. Save the core teaching function get rid of the things we do and private industry contracted out a long time ago we are not a make work program. We teach we need to empty teachers and a few support people. Also you could fire Hite and bring in a real manager not someone interested in closing the public system so he can get a better job in the near future as a Charter Guru
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2013 2:25 am
Are you suggesting that it would be more efficient for the school district to contract out some work to the private sector that competes and is held accountable? That is blasphemy.
Submitted by Ryan (not verified) on June 16, 2013 1:39 pm
It sounds like your main concern in all of this is the air conditioner... The previous commenter also points out the blasphemous claims that a contract-based existence would be any more reliable or cost-efficient.
Submitted by B.E. (not verified) on June 18, 2013 12:07 pm
Your a teacher? #1 start a sentence with a CAPITAL letter. #2 buy the children $5 hoagies everyday with a bag of chips and a soda. That would cost about $4,000,000 a week. LOL REALLY? #3 is transpasses not tresspasses and I can not even understand what the 2nd part of that sentence means? #4 payroll has been cut to the bare bones. I doubt you can find any savings there. #5 Construction is needed for our 100 year old buildings when they are crumbling all around you. Not for your Ac! I am sure someone has looked at the window unit. It is not cost effective to repair them. You purchase another one but the schools have no money for that. #5 AGAIN...LOL...Contract it out. Don't you think they would have did that last year? They received bids that were much higher then what they are paying employees now, with reduced services. #7 hire back some secretaries? Really? For just the clueless principals? Have you ever witnessed them at work? They truelly are the glue of the school! I find it very hard to believe that you teach.
Submitted by mfgproman (not verified) on June 18, 2013 2:50 pm
Perhaps you meant "You're a teacher?" I mean, since you criticized Poogie's post. Truly, you get my point.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2013 7:30 am
Poogie, hopefully you teach better than you could manage the SDP. Otherwise maybe you should be on the next layoff listing. Don't quit you day job.
Submitted by Poogie (not verified) on June 16, 2013 9:49 am
OK I am not writing about this anymore. I promise this the last post on the impending district bankruptcy. The state and the city are not coming up with any significant money to help us. Mayor Nutter's plan involves taxing cigarettes and drinks. Both items that the City has no independent power. A couple of days ago I and some other teachers voted to raise the gas tax 1000%percent and send all that money to the district. That is crazy you say, well how much crazier am I than Nutter. So, I have no power over raising that tax and Nutter has no power over Cigarette taxes and yet people act like his proposal is a serious one. How stupid are the people of Philadelphia? With leaders like this apparently very very stupid. The increase in the drink tax did not even pass council even though it was a futile gesture. So the state is going to raise a tax the council is afraid to raise? This is a complete and abject refusal of our leaders to take the problem seriously. The state is not Santa Claus. Other districts are in trouble too. Read things on the internet, places like Council Rock are laying off people. So the good rich Republican voters in upper Bucks County are going to be left to their fate while the Republican Governor directs money to Democratic voters in Philadelphia who are never going to vote firm him? Who thinks that is going to happen? We have two ways out of this car wreck. Corbett accepts the increased Medicare money by implementing Obamacare and then directs that money to education with an extra dollop to Philadelphia. I doubt this will happen since Corbett is an ideological fool who does what is the interest of himself. Be that letting Sandusky have free range with the boys of State College while he geared up his Campaign or not taxing Shale Gas like every other state because the drillers sent him more campaign contributions. I don't see him taking the money; but if he takes the money he uses the saving for something other than bailing out Philadelphia. So we have to save ourselves and here Hite will let us down. We need to get smaller and get rid of all the non teaching functions. Maybe hire a few more police to make things safer. Remember that to most parents the lure of Charter schools is not that they teach at a higher level but that they are safer. If we could sell a safe environment we could revive our fortunes but I believe that all the directives we get from 440 to not make the kids sad by holding them to the high standard of the average human behavior dooms us. I think the district wants a loose atmosphere in the public schools as a driver to more Charter enrollment. But we now have 9000+/- teachers and 11,000+/- other people. We teach. What do these others guys do? We do things that private industry contracted out 20 years ago. We are not in the building maintenance business or the payroll processing business. Why try to survive by doing what we are supposed to do? A large portion of the district is now a make work program that will collapse. We are a fat man with a bad heart and the effort to keep all these non teacher employed is going to kill us sooner although in the short term we will feel good. So do you want to survive short term and we do this over every year?? Or do you want to save the Public part of the district for maybe another 5 years? They are trying to kill us. Why make it easy?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2013 12:21 pm
Poogie--I think you are a troll the more I read from you. Or you are a tool of the reformers.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2013 7:12 am
Rome is burning and you're worried about your air conditioner??? None of the units that Ackerman had installed for "her babies" are functional. The district has no intention of of repairing/maintenancing them. They're saving money on the electric bill and don't care about stifling classrooms. It's what we do collectively that can impact this war on teachers. We're looking at Jerry to give us some direction and many teachers feel that he hasn't been forthcoming with information or leadership. All the more reason to attend the next meeting. I'm an older teacher, and I've heard colleagues say that the young teachers don't care about the union... they don't see the importance of taking action to maintain our contract, etc. Is that true? I certainly hope not.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2013 7:23 am
Poogie, hopefully you teach better than you write. Your grammar and mechanics are worse than my students.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2013 4:05 pm
Jerry isn't going to tell us anything. We all have big mouths and will tell the enemy our positions. How is he supposed to fight the war if he telegraphs every move ahead of time?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2013 1:28 pm
What exactly is the rationale for any of this, anyway? When they started, it was "Oh, we're in a recession, everyone's feeling the pain!" But now, the stock market has recovered. Unemployment is back below 8%. The housing market has recovered. Business profits are booming. Tax revenues are higher than they budgeted for. But still it's cut, cut, cut in the Philly School budget. I'm glad I'm getting out of this hellhole, never to return, but it isn't fair to the rest of the teachers and students who don't have that luxury.

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