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Message to officials from parents, students, clergy: $50 million is not enough

By the Notebook on Aug 12, 2013 07:50 PM
Photo: Mark McHugh

At a Monday press conference outside District headquarters, Pastor Kevin R. Johnson joined a large crowd in calling upon elected officials to fill the shortfall in city and state aid to the schools.

by Paul Socolar and Mark McHugh

[Updated, 9:20 a.m.]

At the close of a spirited press conference and rally on the steps of the District headquarters Monday afternoon, a crowd of public school parents, students, and clergy members chanted, "It's not enough!" -- criticizing local officials for setting their sights too low as they haggle over how to come up with $50 million in additional funding for the struggling School District.

The failure of elected officials to figure out how to raise needed funds for the schools was also the main topic of a town meeting Monday evening at Mother Bethel AME Church in Center City attended by about 300 people.

If the mayor, City Council and governor can't come up with the full $180 million that all have agreed is needed to reverse deep cuts, parents may keep their children at home this September, said Kevin R. Johnson, senior pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia, who also represents a coalition of congregations called P.O.W.E.R. That group also organized Monday's town meeting.

"We are calling on every parent not to send your children to an unsafe school," he said.

At the meeting, Johnson called more directly for a boycott and for the state and city to come up with $180 million by September.

Johnson also called out Gov. Corbett for lack of state support.

"Mr. Governor, you are guilty of neglecting the children of this city," he thundered  "The fire is not going to be put out unless you come back with $180 million."

P.O.W.E.R executive director Bishop Dwayne Royster said that parents should signal clearly that they will not stand for what is happening.

"I have never seen this level of catastrophe and I can say that because I've lived here 43 years of my life," Royster said. "They're going to expect you (parents) to be satisfied with crumbs on the table."

Attendees at the meeting called officials on the spot.

Activist Nick Palazzolo, who works for the University City Collaborative, said that he got through directly to Mayor Nutter on his cell phone,  but that the mayor kept telling him to call back during the day at his office.

"I told him that many people would like to speak to him right now, many have already called him at his office, they've left messages, and if he's kindly respond to them so that people know that he's listening," Palazzolo related .

Johnson noted that it's been months since Superintendent William Hite said that the District could only survive its budget crisis if it got $180 million in new revenue -- $60 million in additional city aid and $120 million in state aid -- as well as deep concessions from its unionized employees.

"To our dismay, nothing has happened," he said -- except for "politicians dickering with other politicians."

Funding plans touted by Gov. Corbett and Mayor Nutter have never added up to the full $180 million, and most of the promised money still is not a certainty. The consistent message from Monday's protesters was that a revenue shortfall will leave too many critical positions in schools unfilled.

Mayor Nutter and City Council have so far only been able to agree that the city should be able to deliver the District $28 million in additional revenues from better tax collections. 

Gov. Corbett's "rescue plan" for Philadelphia schools so far has resulted in only $2 million in additional education funding from the state.

Another $45 million will only be released by the state after the District has extracted substantial concessions from its unions, state officials say. And while Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke seem intent on providing $50 million in city funds to the District, they don't agree on whether to do that by borrowing against future sales tax revenues or buying District properties.

If all that money came through, the District would still be $55 million short of the $180 million that Hite said he needed.

Sharron Snyder of the Philadelphia Student Union, a rising senior at Ben Franklin High School, is worried about the 500 new students her school is supposed to receive next month due to school closings. "My school won't have any aides to help new students get acquainted to our building." And she's worried about the lack of counselors and how students will apply to college.

The $50 million now being discussed by city officials will not be enough to restore those staff and other needed positions like secretaries, she said.

"They're leaving us with a principal, some teachers, and cops."

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Comments (64)

Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on August 12, 2013 11:30 pm
Throw James Kenney into the slithering group too for promoting charters while dragging his big feet on funding the real schools. Also, the politicians aren't dickering and arguing about how to extract more money for real. Their playing a shell game waiting to see if enough up close and personal pressure from the folks, is coming their way. Like all bullies, they'll start squealing and selling one another out if they feel "pressured" in a real and very personal way. For the very most part, with the exception of Vincent Hughes and a few others, the pols are thick as thieves in all this money grab.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 12, 2013 11:39 pm
Schools are underfunded, but why does that cause them to open later in the year? One would think the schools could open on time, and if the money runs out, then they'll close earlier than ussual in June.
Submitted by anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 8:52 am
"earlier than usual in June"??? With the budget we have been handed, adequate funding would have us closed long before spring break. This shows how simple it is to come up with simple solutions. And how impractical. We all need to be willing to understand this at a deeper level. A few do and they are impatient with the rest us for not engaging in a more forceful fight against privatizing our schools. Joe K is not the only one who feels this way. We just need a huge number of people who don't simply say what Joe K says, but who are shouting this from the rafters and in the streets in huge numbers.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on August 13, 2013 9:50 am
Exactly----mobile, hostile and Unrelenting. Organized Confusion with LOADS of Vigor. It will happen because the folks will finally see this for what it really is and react with the above force. There is no "Or Else" in this situation because the alternative is relative Slavery in all the poorer inner cities.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 10:57 am
The issue is one of safety. It's not safe to put 3,000 high school students in a building that is staffed by one principle, one secretary and the minimum number of teachers. What would happen if you placed hundreds of kids in a warehouse for hours? Probably a lot of things, including some violence and fear. It's a tragedy waiting to happen.
Submitted by Jenni (not verified) on August 15, 2013 10:46 am
IT'S A SAFETY ISSUE
Submitted by Go-Eagles (not verified) on August 13, 2013 12:40 am
I'd like to know where Hite came up with the number of $50 million. Was Hite and the SRC right about the original $300 million budget deficit? Was the true amount $180 million or something else? My impression is that Hite has gotten lost with the numbers.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 8:38 am
I think he is pretty confident that he will get the $130 million from the PFT. Makes me ill!
Submitted by Go-Eagles (not verified) on August 13, 2013 9:40 am
If I was in the PFT, I would not give them back one cent.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 1:34 pm
What's the breakdown for the $130 million from the PFT. I'm just curious.
Submitted by g (not verified) on August 14, 2013 4:27 pm
Hite pulls the numbers out of his a**
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 12:58 am
Here is the way the incompetent District, as well as the SRC and Supt. Hite operate. Let students report to understaffed, unsafe, schools.Ultimtely, something happens and the District is sued for millions by parents or the community that take them to court for being negligent. More money wasted and they will probably lose and settle out of court for a hefty sum of cash. The stupidity of the officials at the SDP goes on and on and on and on. I never meet such ineffective people running a District and gets worse everytime a new Superintendent comes into town. The SRC has not had their act together for about a dozen years.Status quo there. The whole world knows that SDP is a disgrace the worst managed, disorganized, dysfuntional,etc.because of the decisions that adminstration and SRC makes.
Submitted by EILEEN DUFFEY (not verified) on August 13, 2013 9:33 am
Saying "the stupidity of the SRC" is where I disagree. Think about it. THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT STUPID. (I have always been willing to forgive real stupidity.) The SRC is effectively doing what they set out to do. We all need to keep resisting the use of terms that do not accurately reflect what is happening. When we do this we give them a free pass. Like forgiving someone because they aren't too smart. The SRC is carrying out a plan to privatize our schools. The SRC is cunning. We as a city can do better than this or we hand over a disaster to our children. HOW DOES PHILLY FEEL ABOUT THAT?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 12:44 am
Rally in front of the houses of the listed people below instead of their offices which they careless about.I think you would get better results. Nutter,Corbett,all city council members, state legislature memners ,Supt. Hite, and SRC members
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on August 13, 2013 4:07 am
Good Point. That's a good start. Bravo !!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 6:11 am
Call Mayor Nutter directly on his cell at 215.906.2192. Demand fair funding for our schools.
Submitted by Annonym. (not verified) on August 13, 2013 6:57 am
Does Hite even live in Philadelphia? What about SRC members? Ramos? Feather H.? We know Dworetsky is in San Francisco.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on August 13, 2013 9:50 am
Feather sits next to Jerry Mahoney on someone's lap.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 3:53 pm
Does every PFT member live in Philadelphia?
Submitted by Annonym. (not verified) on August 13, 2013 3:20 pm
No - about 45% live in Philly. How many CASA members live in Philly? Probably fewer than PFT. Is this good - no. I'm a PFT member and I live in Philly. It should be required for anyone employed by the School District. Those who don't live in the city get a payroll tax break. They also don't deal with their kids in Philly schools. It would give the PFT more legitimacy if more members lived in Philly. CASA doesn't even function as a union.
Submitted by Christa (not verified) on August 13, 2013 4:43 pm
Why should every PFT member be required to live in Philadelphia? It will not make this situation any better. The reason teachers are not required to live in Philadelphia is because the District has had a LONG history of not being able to attract or retain adequate amounts of teachers. Why should I move to Philadelphia and live in an undesirable neighborhood? I cannot afford to live in the City and I think that the amount that I pay in City Wage Tax is high enough. I also do not live in the city because my family is in the suburbs and they help me manage child care.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 14, 2013 10:30 am
I think that people are more invested,literally, in the community that they live in, including people in public service roles. Resident tax is 3.924% and non resident is 3.495% I think they used to require residency for PSD staff. That was years ago. I think some commenters are upset because so far, it's been the tax payer (the ones actually paying taxes) that's shouldered the brunt of the school crisis. If you do not live in Philadelphia, you aren't contributing the land/house taxes. If you don't live in Philadelphia, you may not be contributing to the 8% sales tax, etc.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 7:21 am
My suggestion was to take your children to City Hall on the first day of school rather than stay home. The next day we should go to the office of the Governor on S. Broad Street. Give your children a real education about who is responsible and what we ned to do about it. Lisa
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on August 13, 2013 9:34 am
Lisa--I agree. Staying home is useless, and plays right into their hands. They don't give a rat's ass if the kids get educated in the first place. NOISE with passion and hostility, the more the better, will get their attention and don't let Nutter play the race card to muffle the energy. He's a big part of all this, relatively speaking. Solidarity is the only hope and I wish to God, the Principals would all grow a pair and do the MORAL thing too. God is good, Yes, SHE is !!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 4:23 pm
THIS is a great idea!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 9:08 am
No amount of money is enough for these entitlement people. Welfare, food stamps, subsidized housing and government supplied healthcare. They need to be weaned off the taxpayer teet, just like the PSD needs to be weaned off ever larger increases in funding and learn to live within its means.
Submitted by EILEEN DUFFEY (not verified) on August 13, 2013 10:34 am
I don't generally respond to trolls. I'll take a stab at you remark and agree with a very very tiny component of truth in what you are saying, although we many not agree on even this small point. No amount of money is enough... when we refer to our neighbors as "these people". "They" who need to be weaned could at any moment by you or me. A serious level of protective denial is necessary to keep your fears in check. Unless "we the people" understand this at a profound level, we, our children and their children are doomed. This conversation is not simply mindless banter folks. This is the heart of the issue. This is precisely why Philly needs to unite in defense of public schools.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 10:18 am
When I say "these people" I am not referring to people who have fallen on hard times. I am talking about people who have CHOSEN to be on the teet as a way of life. And there are plenty of them.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 12:31 pm
I am a teacher in the district who also grew up in and lives in a poverty stricken neighborhood and this person has a point. Philadelphia is poised to become the new Detroit as there are not enough people paying taxes and too many taking from the system. There are people who spend their lives in the system not because they need short term assistance but because they know the game and have no intentions on working towards leaving the system. We must hold everyone accountable and work to make the city more productive. If everyone is taking then the system will continue to fall apart. This also includes individuals on the highest level because tax loopholes amount to corporate welfare for the richest corporations.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 1:30 pm
I don't want to sound jaded but I agree with you. The school finding crisis will become an issue for some families only when there is no place to send their children to in September. Its one thing for us as educators to have righteous indignation but where are all the parents? Helen Gym is one person. Where are the rest of the parents in this situation. This is allowed because way too many parents are apathetic when it comes to their child's education and future. It's time for parents & caregivers to step up and speak out en masse. Exactly what the hell are they waiting for???????
Submitted by EILEEN DUFFEY (not verified) on August 13, 2013 5:28 pm
A few thoughts on this one. Last year I attended every meeting held for community input as well as attended and spoke at several SRC meetings on the school closing issue.Repeatedly the will of the people was shot down by the unelected SRC. They comfortably sat and occasionally made eye contact, at times made pseudo sympathetic glances at the parents and in the end voted as they damn well pleased. So..... right now the only option for a reprieve would be if the downtrodden parents were joined by the rest of the stakeholders in this city en masse, that's everybody folks,in a relentless response until public education is salvaged. This is the eleventh hour. I don't know what the hell the parents are waiting for but I do know what the hell I am waiting for. I am waiting for this city to join together, in solidarity for our children and to step up and demand a fair and equitable education for all our children. PS- Solidarity means everyone caring about all the public schools, not some of them.
Submitted by Rebecca Poyourow on August 13, 2013 11:15 am
Eileen, don't even bother responding. Rational people understand that public education is an incredibly important commitment that our country has made over the course of its history to educate the young. Right now, because those who think low-income children should be shut out of that civic compact are in power, we see the back-tracking on that commitment in state and local funding and illogical rants by jerks who cloak themselves in internet anonymity to spew their ill-informed poison.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 11:28 am
Maybe you've been listening to too many people in your own little insulated world. Look at what the people who have to pay the bills for all these entitlements have to say: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=9203638 Check out the Comment section
Submitted by Rebecca Poyourow on August 13, 2013 12:34 pm
More of the same. Anonymous haters. I'm not impressed.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 12:49 pm
We'll see what happens if the city tries to raise taxes on us again.
Submitted by Rebecca Poyourow on August 13, 2013 12:29 pm
Then perhaps you should join us in advocating for the state to pay its fair share and for a fair state education funding formula?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 12:40 pm
No. Corbett was specifically elected to NOT raise taxes. Fully 40% of state revenue is spent on education. The state has other expenses as well. I am advocating for the PSD to live within its means. If that includes concessions from the PFT, so be it.
Submitted by Rebecca Poyourow on August 13, 2013 1:03 pm
The State of Pennsylvania contributes 34% of school district funding, while the national average is 50%. That makes the state contribution so low (47th out of 50 states) we should be ashamed of ourselves.
Submitted by Go-Eagles (not verified) on August 13, 2013 2:28 pm
Rebecca - There are many factors that go into funding of schools nationwide. I would look more at the per pupil averages than an overall percentage of what comes from where, which is a separate debate. Specifically with respect to SDP, please look at page 19 of the SDP budget. The state revenue is $1.324 billion on a budget of $2.609. Therefore, 50% of SDP's budget revenue comes from the state. The % revenue from the state runs from 20% to 40% on average within the state of PA. The state is funding SDP. The city is not funding SDP.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 2:29 pm
That's an average. More than 60% is sent to Philly from the state.
Submitted by Go-Eagles (not verified) on August 13, 2013 2:18 pm
Anonymous - It never ceases to amaze me how people blame the state when the facts prove otherwise. Sure, I would love the state to provide 50% of the revenue for my school district. The actual percentage for my district is 34%.
Submitted by Rebecca Poyourow on August 13, 2013 2:09 pm
Philadelphia is by far, the LARGEST school district in this state with 205,160 students. If you looked at per pupil funding and saw that we are in the middle/low range, and if you considered the fact that the district serves high numbers of students who are low-income, English Language Learners, or special needs students, all of whom require more services (i.e., funding), then you would understand that it is quite appropriate for Philadelphia to receive more state funding.
Submitted by Go-Eagles (not verified) on August 13, 2013 2:18 pm
Rebecca - It's been clearly established that the percent revenue from the state is much HIGHER for SDP than most, if not all school districts. Your per pupil spending is middle of the road (your comment). On average, you are getting 50% more funding (50% versus 35%) than a typical school district. Let me be clear, the local (i.e., city) revenue is not making up the balance of per pupil spending you so desire.
Submitted by Rebecca Poyourow on August 13, 2013 3:15 pm
For 2012 the SDP got 50% of its funding from the state, 34% of its funding from the city, and 16% from the federal government. I agree that the city should be contributing more, but those percentages (state/local support) will never get flipped the way they are in wealthier districts given the poverty rate in Philadelphia. And the fact that the state has cut $300 million from the city's education budget is inexcusable.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 3:14 pm
The state didn't "cut" $300 Million from the PSD's budget. That was FEDERAL money from Obama that ran out. It was a one shot injection from the Feds and Ackerman spent it all in two years. The state is sending more state funds to the PSD than it ever has.
Submitted by Annonym. (not verified) on August 13, 2013 3:13 pm
The City should start with getting rid of the 10 year tax abatement - it benefits contractors who do not live in Philly and people with ample incomes / houses. It also has to get agreements with large institutions like Univ of Penn, CHOP, etc. to make substantial "contributions" to cover city services. Then, it needs to implement more equitable property taxes with fidelity. (I was wondering what V. Fumo is paying in property taxes on his mansion. Before he got caught with OPM, he was taxed next to nothing. Who else is getting away with very low property tax?)
Submitted by Go-Eagles (not verified) on August 13, 2013 3:27 pm
Rebecca - You need to take a look at the funding formula, which accounts for those socio-economic-medical issues that you state. Quite frankly, I would love to do away with the funding formula and treat every student the SAME regardless of socio-economic conditions. Ya know, the EQUAL PROTECTION clause in the 14th amendment in the Constitution. To me, that defines fair and equitable funding, not some formula with variables. BTW, both of my parents grew up dirt poor, bordering on poverty during the depression. Wanna bet the funding was equal back then, even when I was growing up 30 to 40 years ago. You're getting more and more money now. The guy has a point. http://www.pahousegop.com/NewsItem.aspx?NewsID=17963
Submitted by Rebecca Poyourow on August 13, 2013 4:08 pm
Hmm. The current PA funding formula does no such thing--state cherry-picked districts on which to bestow more funding (see http://www.paschoolfunding.org/2013/07/pa-education-budget-funding-for-a...). And your nostalgia for the past is telling. During the 1930s there was no mandate to educate special needs students, and separate and unequal ruled the land.
Submitted by Go-Eagles (not verified) on August 13, 2013 5:32 pm
Rebecca - As usual, you are wrong. What cut? Page 19 of the budget. There was an INCREASE of $21 million from the state and a DECREASE of $4.8 million from the city and a DECREASE of $2 million from the feds. About 15% of the students in SDP have IEP's. Obviously, my point flew right over your head. My parents were poor, but they were not dumb. Why do folks like you equate poverty to justify more money for education? There are allot of "economically disadvantaged" people within SDP, but that doesn't make them dumb. I would also say that they were or are no different than my parents and are actually making something better in their lives.
Submitted by Rebecca Poyourow on August 13, 2013 8:22 pm
Where did I say the state cut funds from Philadelphia in this budget cycle? As usual, you are the sloppy reader. The cut was in the 2011-2012 budget--roughly $300 million, which $21 million does not begin to restore. And no, that wasn't simply "one-time-stimulus" funding. Before the recession, Pennsylvania had made a commitment to a fair funding formula and allocated appropriate funds. Even comparing state funding pre- and post-stimulus (not taking stimulus funds into account) state funding is down. However, the stimulus funding was intended to keep state expenditures at pre-recession levels with the understanding that states would eventually resume funding. Corbett decided to keep funding corrections at the levels funded through stimulus (and keeps adding) but decided education was not worth it to him.
Submitted by Go-Eagles (not verified) on August 14, 2013 10:31 am
Rebecca - There were no cuts to education. The facts prove you wrong. Go look at the SDP budget, which clearly shows an increase in revenue from the state. For example ........ We spent $10 last year. We want to spend $12 this year, but we spent $11. We increased spending by 10%, but it was a cut of $1. Do they teach basic logic in schools today? I know common sense went out the window years ago. Speaking of Corbett ......... Corbett ran on a pledge of NO NEW TAXES. He never lied to anybody. The state has a balanced budget amendment. Start living within your means. Please show me a school district budget that has had decreases in funding from the state over the past 3 years.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on August 13, 2013 10:07 pm
Eileen and Rebecca--You're both right. Responding to trolls gives them a reason to live so ignore them and the opposite may happen. We can only hope !! Both of you are smarter than I but I shall insist to my dying breath that pacifism ain't the answer and I've been screaming that for 2 years. We're in a gunfight and we show up with a water pistol. These folks are trying to KILL US OFF and bring the WalMart mentality to all the big cities. They're not kidding and I'm not exaggerating. I also agree that calling The SRC stupid is stupid. They're smart people whose agenda is to privatize everything they can so the rich can make even more money from the poor. NONE of this is new and the city people, especially the poor and people of color, have been marginalized forever. What is new, at least for as long as I can remember, is this laser focus on destroying worker rights as in Teacher Unions. In any case, we all need to take off our teachers' hats and put on our hard hats--More Teamster, Less Teacher.
Submitted by ConcernedRoxParent (not verified) on August 13, 2013 12:15 pm
Not sending kids to schools if they get the $50 and are able to open will play right into Corbett's hand of closing more schools.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 12:46 pm
Folks, don't feed the trolls. They are so uninformed and heartless there is no reasoning with them.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 1:45 pm
The trolls show me that 440 and the mayor are getting nervous about the posts on this site. I can't believe they just put up an article about video games to push these stories down the visible stack. Do not feed the trolls. They are sitting in 440 with nothing better to do.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 2:52 pm
We need a broader tax base. How about the third and fourth generation welfare recipients get their act together and contribute? How about extorting money from the drug dealers and gangs...we all know they have raped our neighborhoods and have caused numerous tax-paying citizens to leave our city. Neither of these groups contribute in any fashion to our schools except to send their kids for free babysitting services. These are the parents that don't support the classroom efforts, not the working parents that are unable to make a conference.
Submitted by Taxpayer (not verified) on August 13, 2013 3:59 pm
The Governor has said he will release the $45 Million when the PFT gives concessions. Why is the PFT holding things up? It seems to me that they are the only people that haven't sacrificed yet. The citizens had our property taxes raised twice. The city is contributing more money. The state is contributing more state money. Our "temporary" sales tax increase is being made permanent. So where's something from the PFT?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 4:03 pm
Yes just like your doctor took a paycut when the cost of medical care rose, and your lawyer took a paycut because your court fees skyrocketed. We are professionals who are already underpaid for the level of education and the time and materials we supply. Paying towards healthcare perhaps, paying a teacher tax in the form of a wage deduction, not at all.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 5:39 pm
Very well said. Here's a newsflash.....Philly teachers are not overpaid!
Submitted by A Teacher (not verified) on August 13, 2013 5:14 pm
Do you realize that the teachers are also tax payers? Why do people keep stating this like teachers are exempt from the same taxes as other people. Teachers are being disrespected at a higher rate than any other profession because they are easy scapegoats. Let your job tell you that are knocking down your salary, increasing your hours and changing your benefits. You are not just going to say...well it's probably for the best. No. You are going to try and fight for your rights. Teachers, like every profession, expect to get compensation for services rendered. Why can't people see or understand this? Why do we have to continue to explain why we should receive what we earned and what we are entitled to? This is some real foolishness. It's like you are talking to people with earplugs in their ears.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 6:47 pm
Exactly! I can't imagine bringing 20-30% less home each pay. As it is now I am just making my mortgage, utilities, child's college payments, food...Teaching ismy profession. It is my source of income. I have structured my bills around my current salary. Isn't that what everyone does? Imagine taking a cut. I wouldn't qualify for any assistance and neither would my child. So it is better to worry about everyone else's children, but not my own? I'm a teacher not a public servant.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 13, 2013 6:01 pm
There goes that entitlement word again.
Submitted by A Teacher (not verified) on August 13, 2013 6:18 pm
Oh yes!!! When you work at a job you are entitled to a wage, salary or earrings. Please let me know if you do things differently at your place of employment. If you do not receive any of these forms of payment then you are a volunteer. A volunteer may not be entitled to the same rights as a paid employee. I am not a volunteer at the School District.....
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