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Pa. 'fiscal code' legislation, including $45 million for Philly schools, incomplete

By the Notebook on Jul 8, 2013 05:11 PM

by Mary Wilson for NewsWorks

Republican lawmakers are insisting that Pennsylvania's budget for this year was delivered on time, but a key companion bill called the fiscal code is missing.

And there's no timetable to send it to the governor.

It's the state House's turn to take a vote on the fiscal code, a piece of legislation that supports the budget. The legislation includes a $45 million funding relief package for Philadelphia schools.

But the speaker of the House already gaveled the chamber out for the summer.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 8, 2013 7:50 pm
This was reported days ago. What's the point in reporting it again?
Submitted by Poogie (not verified) on July 8, 2013 7:45 pm
The farce that was the budget process produced about 14 million more in money for the SDP but if you factor in the requirement that the SDP contribute more to pensions (not necessarily a bad idea) to the tune of around $54 million we are actually down @$40 million. The rest of the so-called rescue plan is a joke. The $45 million etc. is either smoke and mirrors or in the future (maybe) and dependent on you teachers taking a pay cut. The budget farce produced two things. It took people's attention away from the fact that the City of Philadelphia did nothing. Mayor Nutter and the Council are idiots who simply care about appearing to do something when actually not doing anything. But since they are products of the SDP which as we all know is only interested in appearing to educate not education then the actions are understandable. I am a teacher and need the bailout but if I were a State Representative why would I help a city that refuses to help itself??? The other thing the budget produced was no reduction in the waistlines of the hunger strikers who quit without knowing they had gotten nothing. An enormous waist of time and if they try this crap again we should all go to their tent and throw donuts at them and hopefully hit Bob Brady or a few other politicians slumming with hunger strikers. So whats up? We got no money and it is apparently the job of the teachers to come up with $133 million while the other two legs of broken stool have produced nothing. If Jerry Jordon hands over what they want I hope he is toast. If they impose the contract in September I hope we strike. But I do not have hope for any real action on our part. In the old days US workers defended themselves. Now I see a lot of clean cut young teachers tweeting about injustice. It seems that everyone under 35 seems to think that instead of doing something tweeting about it is just as good, Well come September the SDP may just say stick those tweets where the sun don't shine and be happy to work longer for 20% less. And the younger PFT members would say "what they ignored the tweets"??? So I think we all line up and march into the abattoir. Nice orderly lines with a quite few teachers trying to get extra points by acting as line monitors. Now this is the future if we do not fight $133 million divided by 8500 (I do not think we still have that many teachers but let's pretend) is a pay cut of over $15,000 per teacher. Or $570 per pay period. If we only actually have @7000 teachers as I believe it is $19,000 per teacher. Boom. Let's get tweeting because I doubt the PFT capable of any stronger measure.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 8, 2013 10:03 pm
Poogie - I must commend you with a great post. You hit the nail on the head. The future of SDP lies within the city, not outside it. Obviously, you and I have seen the sharade of the Philly politicians. We will know where the 8,500 teachers stand in the future to strike or not to strike. I wish you the best. How about the city fathers? How about your fellow union brethren? How about the thousands of people that work for the district? How about the 150,000 students in the district and the 35,000 in the charter schools? How about their parents or guardians that number hundred of thousands more? How about the 1.5 million people within Philly itself? Somebody gets offended and worries more about the semantics when you or I use the term bailout. Tweets indeed. All I can hear is the crickets chirping.
Submitted by Education Grad ... on July 10, 2013 7:23 pm
Poogie, Aren't you under counting the number of PFT members? Is 8500 the number of teachers or does that also include paraprofessionals, nurses, psychologists, and others? EGS
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 8, 2013 8:56 pm
Awesome post Poogie, I agree on everything, and in the old days we sometimes had support from other unions. One thing though, I don't consider funding the SDP a "bailout," for the most part that's the state's job. Minding the SDP finances though is everybody's job.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 8, 2013 11:18 pm
This was done on purpose. The state and city are not going to put up any money until the PFT gives back. When the ink on the PFT contract is dry, then the state will provide real money to go to charter schools only.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 9, 2013 5:15 pm
Anyone think the 676 teachers will have a job come September ?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 9, 2013 10:03 pm
AGREED! take as much money from the unions as possible and still screw the public schools.
Submitted by Education Grad ... on July 9, 2013 7:29 pm
It seems logical to conclude that the Republican Party's long-standing associations with business interests, particularly corporate business interests, gives their party and strong tendency to focus on the "bottom line," whether the bottom line be votes, political power, or money. Most children attending District-run schools are children of color and a large number of PFT members are also African American. African Americans overwhelmingly vote for Democrats and large numbers of Latino/as vote for Democrats as well. Republicans have shown time and time again that they don't value Black people and don't care to reach out to Blacks. Republicans have no self-interest in educating children whose parents and grandparents vote for Democrats. Republicans have no self-interest in educating children who will grow up to be, by and large, Democratic voters. This is the bottom line. But this bottom line is a very short-term bottom line. Republicans may be voting their short-term self-interest and bottom line by starving the SDP, but long-term, they are committing suicide. If PA's Republicans don't have enough sense to see the long-term damage that they will inflict on themselves by not adequately funding the SDP, then so be it. Let them dig their own grave. As much innovation as Republicans want to force upon public education, the GOP needs a great deal of innovation of its own. Most GOP members are Christians. How about a little bit more Christ-like compassion for children in Philadelphia. (Joe, I'm not bringing religion into it, I'm just poking holes in Republican "values.") Allowing "school" to happen without secretaries or school counselors is downright immoral. That Republicans would put their own interests above providing basic school services to children, in the name of union busting, shows how heartless and self-centered so many members of their party are. House GOP spokesman Steve Miskin's words from the article are a perfect example of how sickening and heartless members of the PA GOP are: "We have to take a look," he said. "We don't know if there are any ramifications, and that's what we are going to confirm and check." As Kate Shaw of Research for Action pointed out during "The Philadelphia school funding crisis" show on WHYY's Radio Times recently, the funding crisis is beginning to be in the national news: http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2013/06/19/the-philadelphia-school-fundin.... The PFT won't look bad for standing its ground on salaries at all. Asking teachers to take a pay cut while having higher class sizes and a longer school day doesn't make any kind of sense. Such a proposal is not only insensible, but downright disrespectful. That Corbett and Republicans would allow the SDP to have "school" without secretaries, counselors, or noon-time aides doesn't sit well with people who have common decency. Dr. Hite, Mayor Nutter, Corbett, and fellow Republicans will be the ones looking bad in the media spotlight, not teachers. EGS
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 9, 2013 7:37 pm
"Bailout" is not semanntics, it implies exactly what the state reps want it to imply that the state is obligated to bail us out of everything when we know that's not true. The poster who answered you is living in a different world- what do you mean by this? How about the city fathers? How about your fellow union brethren? How about the thousands of people that work for the district? How about the 150,000 students in the district
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 9, 2013 10:35 pm
I would wager that everybody outside Philly would view this as a bailout and let's call it what it is, a bailout. I asked those questions. Well. Can anybody here provide some answers?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 9, 2013 10:16 pm
Oh outside of Philly is another matter, and what questions did you ask that you expect an answer to?

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