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Notes from the news, Jan. 31

By the Notebook on Jan 31, 2014 09:50 AM

Pa. Senate Dems propose $300 million immediate infusion for state education. NewsWorks

Democrats unveil proposals for more money for schools. Inqurier

Philadelphia’s School Crisis: A City On The Brink. Philly Mag

Readers open wallets, save CAPA school's annual show. Inquirer

Interview: Can Bill Green Fix Philly’s Schools? Philly Mag

Masch: Claim that charters get less money per student than District schools is false. Notebook

Southwark Elementary working to reboot library. Passyunk Post

​Submissions sought for May technology forum at School of the Future. Notebook

2 operators get nod on Renaissance schools in Camden. Inquirer

Corbett seeks $10 million more for Pa. early education. NewsWorks

Pa. Rejects Cyber Charter Applicants, Citing For-Profits' Role. EdWeek

Kicking Down the Barriers to College. US Chamber of Commerce

News summary from Keystone State Education Coalition

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Comments (16)

Submitted by Taxpayer (not verified) on February 1, 2014 10:06 am
I agree that the SRC should unilaterally impose a new contract on the PFT. It should be clear by now that the PFT is not negotiating in good faith. We simply can't keep up with the current bloated pay and benefits package.
Submitted by Youlllearn (not verified) on February 1, 2014 3:51 pm
How do you justify your claim of a "bloated pay . . . package" considering Philadelphia teachers are near the bottom of the PA pay scale (60 something) for the whole state? Not to mention the excessive out of pocket expenses that teachers must pay for teaching materials while the SRC gives away the millions to all their politically-connected pals. Impose the contract, fool, and be ready to fill in the gap when teachers start their exodous from this city. This job is hard enough at the current wage. Offer less and you better be able to fill in the gaps when they call one people to teach. You'll suddenly realize what a good deal the current contract is for the city. No other profession would expect its workers to put up with such constant crap for a lower wage.
Submitted by Taxpayer (not verified) on February 1, 2014 4:43 pm
The average teacher salary in PA is 61K. The average Philadelphia teacher is 71K. The national Median salary for a teacher is 52K. So we have quite a bit of room to bring Philly teachers' salaries into line. As for leaving, where will they go? Other school districts have had to lay off teachers to meet budgets, so they have many to get to before they can hire from the outside. Seniority and all. You can understand. Since they hate private industry and private industry doesn't care for their attitudes towards leadership or their work ethic, that is not a realistic option, either. No, we can have the terms dictated with little or no disturbance.
Submitted by Taxpayers (not verified) on February 1, 2014 6:57 pm
Consider the average cost of living in other areas and the absence of a wage tax.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 1, 2014 12:42 pm
Well at least you let us know that you agree with military dictatorships all over the world. And if your scheme happens, drop the word "contract". It is dictatorship, not something agreed to in a democratic way.
Submitted by Taxpayer (not verified) on February 1, 2014 12:39 pm
Sure it's democratic. Noone is forcing you to work for the school district. You'd have the same deal everyone who works in private industry, who pays your salary, has. The employer offers what they can afford. You choose to accept that salary or go work for someone else if it isn't acceptable.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 1, 2014 12:07 pm
Being "free" to choose which low paying job you want is not democracy, it is wage slavery.
Submitted by Taxpayer (not verified) on February 1, 2014 12:34 pm
It's called free market capitalism. Doctors, lawyers, businessmen, engineers, etc. all have their salaries set by the marketplace. If you lack the confidence or skills to make it, that's something you should address. Artificially propping up your salary by hiding behind a union is not the answer.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 1, 2014 7:58 pm
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. – The Declaration of Independence
Submitted by Rich Migliore (not verified) on February 2, 2014 10:00 am
It is just amazing how far astray we have gone in America and in Philadelphia from the fundamental principles of Democracy embraced by these words set forth in our Declaration of Independence, and embraced in our Constitution. The School District of Philadelphia is indeed in a "state of colonization" very similar, and almost exactly similar, to the colonization of America by Britain. The denial of the right of the people of Philadelphia to elect its own school board, and the reality that the people of Philadelphia "do not have any say" in who is appointed to the SRC, is a direct affront to those basic principles of Democracy. The SRC in no way "derives their just powers from the consent of the governed." Act 46 has stripped Philadelphians of their right to self determination and self governance of its public schools, which is a fundamental right of citizens in a Democracy. The repeal of Act 46 and the destruction it has caused should be put "front center" of our gubernatorial elections. When you take Democracy out of the governance of what are said to be public schools, you no longer have public schools.
Submitted by Ron Whitehorne on February 1, 2014 1:36 pm

Taxpayer's free market is a myth.   Monopoly corporations use their control of government to subsidize themselves at the expense of working class taxpayers, all of which is fine with taxpayer.   But when workers band together to get a better price for their labor power, he howls about the free market.   At least the Cato Institute style libertarians make some effort at consistency in their defense of the market.   

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 1, 2014 1:31 pm
We have the free market for the workers and socialism for the monopoly corporations.
Submitted by Taxpayer (not verified) on February 1, 2014 1:32 pm
Name me what corporations are monopolies. The only people I hear who support monopolies is the PFT, which is exactly what they want.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 1, 2014 1:55 pm
lol..the whole thing is a monopoly against the workers.
Submitted by Taxpayer (not verified) on February 1, 2014 1:04 pm
So you can't name a corporation that is a monopoly. Yet you want a monopoly for the PFT. And you hate monopolies. Got it.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 1, 2014 5:15 pm
Taxpayer is just a troll who goes by several different names on this blog. Don't feed the troll.

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