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Teachers' union ad rips Corbett for building prison amid schools crisis

By thenotebook on Jun 21, 2013 12:10 PM

by Sonia Giebel

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has been airing a radio ad criticizing Gov. Corbett and his fellow politicians for building a $400 million prison – complete with air-conditioned cells, classrooms, and a librarian – at a time when Philadelphia's schools are being cut to the bone. 

“What are their priorities?" the ad asks. "Building classrooms in prisons while turning our schools into holding pens?”

Facing a $304 million budget gap, more than 3,800 District employees -- including teachers, librarians, counselors, noontime aides, and central-office staff -- were laid off in the wake of the District’s austerity measures. The District will also close 24 schools this year.

After the loss of federal stimulus funds, Corbett cut education funding by nearly $1 billion in 2011, sparking a statewide funding crisis across school districts. The loss of federal money to corrections and medical assistance was replaced by state funding, but education dollars were not.

The new prison will replace the 84-year-old Graterford prison in Collegeville, Montgomery County. As NBC10 reported, some misinformation had spread when many believed the city of Philadelphia was building the prison. Mayor Nutter, earlier this month, took to Twitter to clarify that the city is not responsible for the funding and construction of the new prison. 

The ad’s release comes days after a leaked poll suggested that Corbett could increase his popularity if he challenges the teachers' union, especially when it comes to teacher seniority.  

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Comments (54)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 21, 2013 1:40 pm
It doesn't matter whether it is in Philly or not, it is still in the state of Pennsylvanian and if your not careful cuts will be made in the suburbs as well as in the city, so tread lightly. Also this NEW prision could one day be the home of your children have you ever considered that when schools aren't funded properly the rate of prison population increases!!
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 21, 2013 1:54 pm
It's all tied together like a rat and a rat trap. Build prisons to house the same kids you're setting up to go to prison and act as though the connection doesn't exist. As a matter of fact, scorn the people who are calling you on it. There's nobody left to lie to and anybody who can't see the agenda here is either a liar or has his/her head firmly entrenched in sand.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 21, 2013 4:16 pm
For someone with such a vision into conspiracies, you somehow choose to ignore the obvious agenda here- the reason this prison will be built is because of the Philly/ PA Democrat machine. $400mm construction costs? There is at least $100mm of building trades union profit (mark-up on what non-union labor would make) in that. How many millions will feed back into the pockets of the Democrats in Philly that vote this through? Enough. There is no deeper conspiracy than that- very simple. That is what happens with interest group politics when too many pigs are feeding at the trough. The PFT takes a back seat to the building trades in the Philly machine. School kids are dead last. If a majority in the Philly delegation voted against the prison, it would not be built.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 21, 2013 5:08 pm
uuhhh...the prison is being built by the state...not the city. Last time I checked the Governor and legislature are carrying out ALEC's agenda to attack lower income families and build prisons, some for profit. Not sure if this one is for profit, but this one is not being built by the city.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 21, 2013 6:25 pm
Bingo--That poster has a very creative view of the facts, kinda, sorta indifferent to the truth. Repubs control the prison issue. Look it up. Nobody is excusing democrats who are scum bags but the prison issue is Corbett and the Repub. legislature. Having said that, not which would surprise me with Nutter et al.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 21, 2013 6:52 pm
ALL prisons are for profit. Lots of jobs there, kinda like giant WalMarts.
Submitted by tom-104 on June 21, 2013 6:25 pm
Check this out if you want to see one of the major players in this privatization agenda: United States of ALEC – A Follow-up http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-united-states-of-alec-a-follow-up/
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 21, 2013 7:55 pm
EVERYBODY HERE SHOULD READ THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 5:31 am
Yes. The prison is being built by the state. But most of the Philly delegation is behind it. If Philly's delegation and Democrats opposed the prison, it would not be built. There are many Republicans who oppose the expenditure, enough to create a working majority. This is a simple fact. Seriously $400mm of expense in Philly generates around $100mm in PROFITS for the trade unions and their bought pols. You think that money doesn't talk?
Submitted by tom-104 on June 22, 2013 6:46 am
I am not a defender or supporter of the Democratic Party (just look at our City Council which just went on vacation until September!) ...but really, are you paying attention? All three branches of state government are controlled by Republicans. They are primarily responsible for this mess! Governor Corbett in his first year in office cut education for the whole state by almost $1 billion dollars, $300 million for Philadelphia. (I notice Republicans now trying to spin this as because of the loss of stimulus money from the federal government. Republicans in Congress fought the stimulus funds and made sure there was no more such funding.) At the same time, he increased the prisons budget by $700 million, including three new prisons (some to be privately owned, for profit institutions - an ALEC agenda item). Your concern about who is making a "profit" is all skewed. I suggest you watch this, then get back to us. http://tinyurl.com/m555svw
Submitted by Education Grad ... on June 22, 2013 1:48 pm
Tom, With regard to the new prison, Governor Rendell approved the new prison when he was in office, then Corbett rebid the project: http://talkingpoliticswithtonyphyrillas.blogspot.com/2011/03/corbett-ord.... EGS
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 21, 2013 1:24 pm
“Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won't fatten the dog.” Mark Twain quotes (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910) Will this prison be run by a third party, like, a charter prison?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 21, 2013 4:52 pm
This is an effective ad. If we want more funding, we should go after other government spending. Too few/ not high enough taxes is NOT Philadelphia's problem. Most people in the city who pay taxes have little sympathy for yet another tax increase, regardless of what it is used for. Philly's delegation could team up with Republicans to kill the prison. But they won't. Because the building trades get their cut on the prison and run the Dem machine here. That is why Council and Philly's delegation will never vote to cut any spending, or pursue any idea other than raising our already sky high taxes. Corbett is a crappy leader. But Philly's delegation is absolutely the worst. They could get money somewhere else, but choose not to. Republican governors across the country are cutting back on prison spending by reducing sentences... Article today in the Wall Street Journal. As Prisons Squeeze Budgets, GOP Rethinks Crime Focus. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142412788732383650457855190260221701...
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 21, 2013 7:01 pm
You keep saying the same thing but you're still wrong. Facts are pesky little things, aren't they?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 6:44 am
Joe, however pesky facts may be, I am impressed at how you've found ways to ignore them in the pursuit of empty rhetoric. It is a fact that the Democrat party head in Philly is Johnny Doc. Head of IBEW and leader of the building trades council. It is a fact that Philadelphia is the largest single constituency of the state Democratic party and that the building trades influence statewide is as strong as it is anywhere in the USA. It is a fact that unlike the other pillar constituencies of the Democrat party (ie. NEA, AFT, AFSCME) the building trade unions in PA are not monolithic leftist Democrats who Republicans can safely ignore. The trades strategically back Republicans. They endorsed Corbett. This increases their power. It is a fact that building trades lobby for big public sector projects like stadiums, prisons, convention centers, etc. It is a fact that the trade unions have a monopoly on building these projects. It is a fact that the trade unions use this monopoly to inflate construction and operating costs by 30-50%. It is a fact, the premium on a $400 million construction project is in the $100 million range. This is the return on the union's "investment" in Philadelphia's politicians. And it is a fact that $100 million premium give or take is a crapload of money by any standards. And it is a fact, referenced in the article, that other Republican states that don't have Philly/PA's level of special interest influence are cutting back on prison expenses. Because most Republicans like to minimize government spending and taxes and prisons require both. Leftist states like CA on the other hand have strong prison guard workers unions that lobby successfully for more prisons and against sentencing reforms. Seriously Joe, how do you look at these facts and come up with some conspiracy driven by hedge fund managers? There is no conspiracy. It is straight up interest group driven politics. It is all done in the light of day and you have to choose wilful ignorance to deny it. Now put the tinfoil hat back on and post some more rhetoric for the true believers here.
Submitted by Rich Migliore (not verified) on June 22, 2013 7:28 am
I think you need to distinguish the difference between fact and opinion. You state your opinions as fact. From reading the Notebook comments, it is my opinion, and it appears to be the opinion of many others, that Joe is the most respected commenter on the Notebook site. Joe certainly has a high credibility level in my eyes, and that is a fact. I respect him and what he says very highly. What you say is exactly what conspiracy theorists say -- that the development of history is driven by conspiracies to promote self interests. For you to try to personally disparage Joe, and the other commenters, it takes away from the credibility of your arguments.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 22, 2013 8:20 am
Rich--Take all the time and space you need to defend me and my feeble attempts to get through to the hard heads who are sprinting into a trap of their own making. I'll stop so you can continue. Thanks--I owe you lunch, or rather with your lawyer's salary, you owe me lunch and no Monopoly Money either.
Submitted by Rich Migliore (not verified) on June 22, 2013 9:11 am
Joe, I will be happy to buy you lunch any time, any place. But right now I am going to the beach on this beautiful morning and be thankful that I am alive and have had such a wonderful life as a teacher and administrator who has had the great opportunity to rub elbows with some of the best people in the universe -- teachers like you, and of course, all of my students. But please do not lump me in the same category as lawyers who make a fine salary. I am an independent practitioner and all of my clients are little guys who have had their civil rights walked all over by the big guys. I am on the wrong side of the gravy grain -- You know, those attorneys on the $4.6 Million side of the SRC appropriations resolution the other night for those high priced law firms who churn the cases so they collect millions from the school district at the expense of children. I don't get paid until after I win my cases. I am just hoping someone retains me for one of those constitutional challenges or class action suits which will be filed if the SRC tries to implement the budget as is. Now that is a fight I would love to fight -- and win.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 22, 2013 9:40 am
St. Richard, I shall buy you lunch whenever you'd like. I agree, it is a nice morning if you like fresh air and sunlight. I, on the other hand..................................
Submitted by Rich Migliore (not verified) on June 22, 2013 9:42 am
Me too, Joe, you're the best. Now may I be excused....
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 22, 2013 10:48 am
You are excused and you are the best, not I. I hate the beach. After about 5 seconds, I start to pray for a bunch of killer sharks to run up on the beach and kill me but they never do. At one point in my miserable life, I was on the cover of 17 Magazine and the shoots were in Ocean City for 2 full weeks. My sister made me do it for money---for her, of course. I hated every second of those 2 weeks and haven't spoken to her since--only kidding. I still blame her for head skin cancer from being in the Sun so much during that time. I still wear a hat much of the time.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 9:51 am
Well I apologize to Joe as it was only meant as some good natured teasing that his rhetoric misses the point completely. I agree with him that the prison should not be canned and the money saved should be used to fund education. Just blaming Corbett is disingenuous and counterproductive. Corbett is a sad sack and feckless leader, a disappointment to Republicans and Democrats both. But the problem here is the Philly Democrat machine is firmly behind this prison. There are any number of deals that many if not most Republicans would back to kill the prison and split the money with other districts. That last statement is perhaps an opinion, at least until a vote is taken. The statements I made about the local Democrat machine and its special interest motivations are facts.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 22, 2013 10:55 am
I am not good natured. I meant what I said unless you're bigger than I.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 22, 2013 10:44 am
We agree about Corbett. He should be in jail. A pox on everybody's house who scorns and blames the poor for being poor and then denies them real opportunities to extricate themselves from their poordom. Google "Wort on the Ass of Life" and Corbett pops up with Nutter nipping at his heels, begging for crumbs. Just sayin.
Submitted by tom-104 on June 22, 2013 7:12 am
"It is straight up interest group driven politics." No disagreement here, but what makes you think that this "group driven politics" is not being managed and coordinated? Since such collaboration is going on people are right to say their interests are being attacked. If by "conspiracy" you mean a figment of someones imagination, that is not what people are saying. If you can document collaboration, it is not a "conspiracy theory" conjured up in someone's head. Many of the corporate raiders, like ALEC, are fairly open about what they are doing (though their meeting are closed to the press) to public education. Others, like the Broad Foundation, try to go below the radar and not let the public see the collaboration that is going on in corporate education reform. http://www.defendpubliceducation.net/
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 22, 2013 9:46 am
Tom 104----You, Rich, Eileen, the other Eileen, Ron, Lisa, Helen, of course, and SGS, and others, are all far more effective than I at communicating with the masses. I'm a one trick pony or rather dinosaur. I hope to see you at the upcoming rallies. I'll be wearing the Tin Hat.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 2:51 pm
Conspiracy vs. interest group politics is a something of semantics. Neither are done in the light of day. If you are reading between the lines how do you miss the obvious here? There is a deal that could increase state funding for schools. The PFT could push for it. This video shows they might be onto it. But the PFT needs to be something more than just an appendage of the Democrat machine. They need to prioritize getting education funding more than backing the party line. They need to [gasp] find common ground with the opposition. They need to actually advocate for their members' interests and interpret their members' interest as broader than "electing Democrats". Do you really think that the bulk of the Republican delegation hailing from Pennsyltucky wants to spend $400mm, $100mm of which is buying Johnny Doc's people shore houses and feeding the Philly machine? Get your mind out of your cartoon ideas of the opposition and start thinking for a change. Wouldn't they rather dedicate that to increased education that their constituents would also benefit from? The alternative- it is doubtful they will win a political messaging campaign. People are fed up. The population is aging. Baby boomers don't have kids in school. Taxes have increased substantially. Spending has doubled in PHilly since 2001. The teacher union arguments that worked 15 years ago in your heyday will fail, even in the suburbs. My sister is in the NEA. I don't support the teachers union, but I don't vilify them either. You could do something useful- kill the prison project for example and divert funding for schools. But as you are in the PFT, you are now just the third string players on the team of the worst political machine in the USA.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 2:57 pm
Meant doubtful you (PFT) will win the messaging campaign.
Submitted by Joe the Teacher (not verified) on June 22, 2013 2:48 pm
Sorry, Sally, it ain't workin.
Submitted by tom-104 on June 22, 2013 3:17 pm
Both parties are not for the interests of the vast majority of the population. Labor (by labor I mean all working people, people in unions and people who aren't) needs to develop its own party with its own program that represents the interest of the vast majority of the people, not the interests of the corporations and banks.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 22, 2013 3:02 pm
Tom--Home Run Again----Grand Slam !!
Submitted by tom-104 on June 22, 2013 6:55 pm
They are getting it in Chicago too. Look at this video from Chicago’s Labor Beat. It is all very familiar. The people staging this corporate takeover of public education are following a script. http://tinyurl.com/lulgwau Look at what Shannon Bennett, Deputy Director of the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization says about what is happening in Chicago at the end of this video: “This stuff is waking up a sleeping giant. The biggest part of this is that we will now be awake, alive. We will be opening our eyes to what we should have been doing anyway, which is controlling our own destiny and creating the quality of life that we desire, not some folks who are running from office to office every other year and trying to get sent to higher office. That’s what we have here with our elected officials. That’s what we have with a lot of political leaders. It’s time for a new day. A new type of leader. One of the things here at Coco is that we are the leaders that we’ve been looking for. So it’s not one leader. It’s not that’s this is the leader, this charismatic person, this messiah that’s going to save us. You’ve going to save your own community, block by block like it should be. Like it should have been always . So that’s what the new day looks like to me.”
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 22, 2013 8:05 am
Pat Gillespie is the head of the Building Trades in Phila. I can only correct 1 mistake at a time. But please leave my hat out of this. P.S. I don't like Johnny Doc a little bit.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 9:01 am
Not a mistake. I said Doc was their leader. One can lead a group without having formal title. Also, easier to avoid RICO indictments.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 22, 2013 9:34 am
JEEZ, Dude-----------------------Just say you were wrong and get on with your day. Yikes !!!!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 21, 2013 5:59 pm
The ad forgets to mention that the money for the prison was allocated before Corbett became governor. Although the article mentions it, the ad also forgets to mention that the cuts in education were a result of a drying up of federal money. Corbett has increased the amount the state spends on education over the last three years by $1.3 Billion. Maybe the PFT should put out an ad against Obama, who they supported. The "Give us what we want" mantra won't work this time. The Feds are in sequestration, the state has a balanced budget amendment, and the city is broke. We can't afford to keep half empty schools open. It's time for the district to tighten it's belt and live within its means. That includes concessions from the PFT.
Submitted by Education Grad ... on June 21, 2013 7:48 pm
"Corbett has increased the amount the state spends on education over the last three years by $1.3 Billion." Where is your source for this? Corbett has cut education funding across the board, except for cyber charter schools.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 21, 2013 10:16 pm
EGS - You're the grad student. Why don't you do a little research on the previous Corbett budgets? The teachers unions have thrown out this carnard that Corbett cut $1 billion from education. I'll sum it up for ya. We spend $10 this year. We want to spend $12 next year, but we actually spent $11. We spent more, it's a cut.
Submitted by Education Grad ... on June 22, 2013 1:21 pm
Anonymous, I asked for a source because I have never heard any source confirm that Corbett and the legislature have increased funding. It is not just the teacher's unions that have decried Corbett's budget cuts. Suburban districts are also feeling the pinch. http://www.pilcop.org/new-study-shows-state-cuts-to-education-highly-dis... New Study Shows State Cuts to Education Highly Discriminatory "In 2011 Governor Tom Corbett cut $1 billion in public school funding. As a result of these cuts 70 percent of school districts have increased class sizes, 44 percent slashed extracurricular activities and 35 percent eliminated tutoring programs. He has maintained this cut for the past two budgets and now proposes to increase public school funding by a mere $90 million. This still leaves a massive funding gap that 75 percent of public schools must account for by continuing to lay off teachers and staff this coming year." http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2011/03/16/ambler_gazette/news/do... Governor’s proposed budget cuts funding for Upper Dublin, Wissahickon school districts "The $550 million in cuts could come in the form of cuts to state grants and reimbursements school districts receive from charter schools. Cuts could also manifest themselves in the form of basic education funding and cuts to a district’s Social Security reimbursement. Under the governor’s proposal, the state would continue to reimburse 50 percent of Social Security payments for teachers hired before 1994; however, that reimbursement would drop from 50 percent to 15 percent for teachers hired after 1994." http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/education/education-experts-dis... Pennsylvania education experts dissect Corbett's proposed schools budget "The governor's proposal calls for adding $90 million to the basic education subsidy but still would provide nearly $800 million less than in September 2010, when federal economic stimulus money was available." (I don't know what funding was like before September 2010. I didn't live here then. I will need to do more research on budgets prior to 2010.) http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130614/NEWS01/130619548/poor-school-d... Poor school districts get less under $28.3B Pa. House budget plan "The $28.3 billion budget passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with only Republican votes Wednesday gives the smallest increases in state aid to area poor school districts like Pottstown and the largest increases to wealthier districts like Perkiomen Valley, according to a Mercury analysis." http://thenotebook.org/blog/136074/pa-schools-join-philly-call-more-stat... Diverse group of Pa. schools joins Philly in call for more state money "This isn't a Republican or Democrat issue," said Ronald Williams, a GOP member of the Pottstown school board in Montgomery County. "This is an issue that has to do with the future of our children." Everything I have read indicates that the current funding formula is hurting poorer districts and helping wealthier districts, when the opposite should be the case. EGS
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 6:23 am
Like Joe said, facts are pesky things. You can't let them get in the way of an effective message. Anyway, it's all for the children.
Submitted by Jeff (not verified) on June 22, 2013 9:48 am
The PFT already made concessions of over $30 million dollars from our Health and Welfare Fund a year and a half ago, in fact, we were the FIRST to help the District out with concessions after they assured us that it was only a "one time" need and that no more would be needed. We also have forgone pay raises for the past 18 months. That's not counting the hundreds and thousands, yes thousands, of money from or own pockets that we spend each year individually on our children for stuff like pens, pencils, notebooks, tokens, clothing, personal items, jackets and coats, food, prom tickets and attire, school dues, etc. Don't you dare talk to me and the PFT about concessions, we already made them as a Union and we continue to make them day in and day out as teachers and support staff in our schools. This is not a case of "give us what we want", but of "give us what we need" to educate your children. The State of Pennsylvania took over the School District of Philadelphia 12 years ago because they felt that the District wasn't able to manage its finances, since then, we have seen the District's deficit EXPLODE each year, state politicians have been grabbing up Charter Schools for their croonies and the District has become segregated into the "haves" (mainly the predominately white middle and upper classes) and the "have nots, but need it the most" (minority kids in the poorer neighborhoods). The State created this mess and has a legal (State Constitution) and moral obligation to provide ALL of the state's children with a public education. The PFT and our members are not the "bad guys" in this battle, we are the "boots on the ground" in the classrooms and in the schools with your children each day and we are only asking two things 1. give us what we NEED to provide your children with the same high quality education that other children in other districts receive and which our kids deserve 2. stop making us the "bad guys" and blaming us for everything. Do you also blame the soldiers for the battles they must fight, even though they have no control over the decision making process?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 10:23 am
Foregoing a pay raise for 18 months is not a concession. We need an ongoing 10% pay cut and have the teachers pay for a third of their healthcare costs. Either that or expect far more layoffs.
Submitted by TeacherinPhilly (not verified) on June 22, 2013 11:12 am
Who is the "we?'" You are referring to? Do you want all the teachers to have to sell their houses too? Should they move to much smaller, more crappier apartments? Do you want them to not be able to afford a car to get to work? How about not being able to afford health care for their families? Or maybe not being able to afford daycare for their kids? On top of all this, do you want them to not be able to spend any money on the students? Let me know how that improves education in Philadelphia public schools.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 11:58 am
The "we"...you fool... is us, the tax payer, that for way too long have been over paying for your dismal performance in the public schools... Had you been in the private sector you would have been handed a pink slip long ago...
Submitted by g (not verified) on June 22, 2013 12:13 pm
You are obviously absolutely ignorant. How DARE you blame all the ailments of poverty and family dysfunction on every Phila. public school teacher! My "dismal performance" ????????? If you have never spent time in an inner-city public school, you have nothing valuable to add to this conversation. Let me know if you are actually interested in finding out how you can compare the "performance" of the teachers in the more affluent suburbs with those in Philly. Do you really think that the only reason Philly teachers get lesser test score results than Radnor teachers is that we are lazier and less competent? Really???????????
Submitted by Ms.Cheng (not verified) on June 22, 2013 1:14 pm
Definitely teachers are not lazy. The comment you are responding to probably didn't deserve a response. Interesting conversation I had with an assistant principal in one of the nearby 'burbs. She and I went to California public schools way back and have only good memories. She acknowledged the difficulties that urban teachers face today. Her theory, which in my opinion has merit, is that today schools are taking on too much; more than they are built to handle. They are tasked with the jobs which really social services agencies need to be handling. It "boils down" to effective management. Our governments, whether Federal, State, or Local are failing us taxpayers; not our teachers.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 22, 2013 1:43 pm
Bingo--Teachers in the inner cities are parents, social workers, even nurses, all day, every day. Many of the kids ask to go home with you or ask if they can stay after school because it's safer. We're The USA, not a 3rd. world country of some sort; we need to do better not casts those kids aside like trash which is one of the goals of the "reformers." Again, none of this is new. Back in the day, it was called The Grandfather Clause, then The Poll Tax, then various forms of Jim Crow and "Separate but Equal." The goal is the same, just the names have changed. Inner cities are part of America not separate from it nor less than it.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on June 22, 2013 1:08 pm
Troll--ignore and move on.
Submitted by drlakeels on June 22, 2013 12:59 pm
Well stated....just add WE the employees of the SDP in the schools did not MISMANAGE the money so why do we have to sacrifice any more than we have and continue to do? After all WE the employees are tax payers too. Linda K.
Submitted by Milsey (not verified) on June 21, 2013 7:28 pm
How ironic is it that some of the schools feel like jails - metal detectors, security guards, etc.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 9:23 am
Don't most, if not all, of them have fences around them? Just throw up some razor wire.
Submitted by Ms.Cheng (not verified) on June 22, 2013 1:15 pm
Not ironic at all, my hubby says today's public schools were modeled after prisons.
Submitted by Education Grad ... on June 23, 2013 8:18 pm
Some of the District's schools still have the original fences with the posts that say PPS on them. Many schools have fences around them, not just schools in Philadelphia.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 12:19 pm
Off topic: Has anyone else's Philly teacher paycheck been $20 less recently? When I checked, it looks like my reserve deduction is now $20 more and my net pay is that much less. It has just happened on the past two paychecks. Never happened before. Not sure why it would happen. (I didn't call Payroll yet for an explanation but was wondering if it's happening to others.)

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