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Fri Jan 6, 2012, 08:20 PM

Teachers Decide To Work For Free After Budget Cuts Leave Pennsylvania School District Without Funds

The Chester Upland School District in Delaware County, Pennsylvania suffered a serious setback when Gov. Tom Corbett (R) slashed $900 million in education funds from the state budget. The cuts landed hardest on poorer districts, and Chester Upland, which predominantly serves African-American children and relies on state aid for nearly 70 percent of its funding, expects to fall short this school year by $19 million.

Faced with such a shortage of funds, the school district informed its staff that it will not be able to pay their salaries come Wednesday. So the teachers decided to work for free. As one teacher put it, students “need to be educated, so we intend to be on the job”:

At a union meeting at Chester High School on Tuesday night, the employees passed a resolution saying they would stay on “as long as we are individually able.”

Columbus Elementary School math and literacy teacher Sara Ferguson, who has taught in Chester Upland for 21 years, said after the meeting, “It’s alarming. It’s disturbing. But we are adults; we will make a way. The students don’t have any contingency plan. They need to be educated, so we intend to be on the job.”

more . . . http://thinkprogress.org/education/2012/01/06/399373/teachers-work-free-budget-cuts/?mobile=nc

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Reply Teachers Decide To Work For Free After Budget Cuts Leave Pennsylvania School District Without Funds (Original post)
proud2BlibKansan Jan 2012 OP
Fearless Jan 2012 #1
mbperrin Jan 2012 #2
proud2BlibKansan Jan 2012 #5
FBaggins Jan 2012 #3
proud2BlibKansan Jan 2012 #4
Starry Messenger Jan 2012 #6
FBaggins Jan 2012 #7
Starry Messenger Jan 2012 #8
FBaggins Jan 2012 #9
AnneD Jan 2012 #10
SZaccheo May 2012 #11

Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 01:37 AM

1. And how much money did the federal goverment give away

To promote their consolidation of power over public education? Where's that money now?

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 02:07 PM

2. Is there no provision in the state constitution of Pennsylvania mandating public education?

Just seems unreasonable to have working teachers making nothing while the governor and pals rake it in while using kids as shields.

"Think of the children!"

Well, when all those teachers have finally used all their savings and their homes are gone, who will then do anything for the children.

Parents ought to be organizing drive-bys of the governor's mansion, I would think. At least in a sane world.

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Response to mbperrin (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 11:41 AM

5. It's my understanding that mandating public education

and paying for it are two separate things in most state constitutions.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 08:40 AM

3. Bravo!

Way to teach kids more important lessons than just "the 3 Rs"

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Response to FBaggins (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 11:38 AM

4. "Boys and Girls, today we're going to discuss how to dodge your electric bill

Tomorrow, how to tell if that phone call is from a bill collector."

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Response to FBaggins (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 02:51 AM

6. Dumpster diving for supper?

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 07:00 AM

7. "Come to school prepared to learn".

They're making it clear that when they say that the kids come first and that education matters... it isn't just a negotiating tactic.

“We’re here to teach,” Zoranski said. “I don’t know how else to put it. The district is right now in a bind and they’re working hard to get the money. You just don’t walk away from the children.”

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District spokesman Joel Avery said administrators also will continue working if payroll isn’t met. “This is most certainly a time of shared sacrifice,” Avery said. “Without question the administration wholeheartedly makes the same pledge.”

It should also be pointed out that the story in the OP is not accurate. Nobody has agreed to "work for free". They are still owed compensation for their work... the question is when they will receive it.

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Response to FBaggins (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 01:59 PM

8. It was never "just a negotiating tactic".

I don't disagree that is makes it clear, but I seriously hope this doesn't start a trend. Landlords and banks like to be paid on time and find ethical stances to be less attractive than checks. IOUS don't cut it with *my* landlord, at any rate.

That doesn't take away from the heartwarming aspect of the teachers' commitment, which was never in question from teachers, at any rate. If you needed to be convinced, I'm glad this story did it for you.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 02:35 PM

9. What thing are and what they appear to be...

... or rather, what they can be spun to appear to be... are not always the same thing.

There's no spinning this one.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 05:36 PM

10. I would require at least....

Two chickens a month, 2 dozen eggs a month and a waiver on that moral terpitude clause

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 02:31 PM

11. Lets Fix Education!

 

Help stop the circus!
Make a difference at www.ThisBudgetBlows.com for a better tomorrow.

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