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 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:46 pm 
Guest wrote:
If you actually like paying property taxes, then just ignore this post.
If you're still reading, you should know that Pennsylvanians have never been closer to reaping a windfall from the elimination of property taxes. It's called SB76/HB76, also known as THE PROPERTY TAX INDEPENDNCE ACT.

• The Property Tax Independence Act will eliminate school property taxes across the Commonwealth and will replace those taxes with funding from a single state source.

• The Property Tax Independence Act introduces a modernized school funding method that is based on 21st century economic realities.

• The Property Tax Independence Act uses in great measure our current sales tax mechanism to fund schools, restoring the original intent of the tax.

• The sales tax provides a predictable and stable funding source that is tied to economic growth. This is in clear contrast to the school property tax which is not based on economic growth and is subject to much variation.

Trump Train is on time
• Current school spending regularly exceeds tax revenue and The Property Tax Independence Act addresses this problem head on by limiting school budget increases to the rate of inflation.

Look, folks. The only people who support the opposition of this bill are school personnel; primarily the teachers' union and school boards.


This fight is all about school boards and unions maintaining the ability to get what they want, not what they need. They don't want a "shared amount." They want that absolute control and the ability to raid your bank account at will.


I find it very disturbing that these organizations as well as school administrators, and others who are supposed to be representing Pennsylvania students and taxpayers are instead snuggling up in bed with the PSEA, the teachers' union. They are hypocrites of the worst kind and are actively working against the people who pay their salaries, the taxpayers of Pennsylvania. We trust our children's education, their lives, and their futures to these two-faced money-grabbers? They certainly don't represent us or our children. They are disgusting.

Please pay attention to the following sentence. School board members are complaining that districts will be forced into a system that lacks financial equity and predictability, and robs them of local control. The REAL TRUTH is that the only local control lost is the ability of school board members to raise taxes at will.


Please. Put in a call to James Brewster. He can be reached at his Harrisburg office at 717-787-5580, or at his local office at 412-380-2242.

(cross-posted in Political Discussion)

 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:15 am 
Here is what is happening in the Monessen School District:

• Rising teacher healthcare costs
• Rising debt service
• Rising teacher pay raises
A potential rise of 52% in taxes

It's my opinion, but I don't think we're that far removed from the above criteria.
To remedy the above constellation of problems,
school officials are discussing the possibility of a merger.
They acknowledge that such a merger may take as a long as six years.

As parents attended a standing-room-only meeting,
they expressed concerns over their sub-par school district.
It is apparently FAILING academically.
Despite a smoke and mirrors illusion that EF is such a great district,
we could face the same consequences.
Monessen appears to be among the first, in a long line of fiscal casualties yet to come.
Burgeoning teacher pensions, and the Pennsylvania budget crisis isn't helping.

 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:41 am 
The Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, continued throughout the night.

Teachers and teacher unions absolutely hate her.
Case in point: In an act of unity, and as an expression of outrage,
teachers across the country are wearing red on Tuesday to protest the confirmation hearing.

Democrats absolutely hate her.
Case in point: Elizabeth Warren (a.k.a. Pocahontas) raised one finger, in proclaiming "all we need is one more Republican to cross party lines and vote her down."
Wouldn't it be an irony of sorts if one Democrat crossed party lines to support her?
Democrats never seem to think about these kinds of possibilities.

The left absolutely hates her.
Case in point: What truly would happen if our academic wheat were suddenly separated from the chaff?
Well, stupid kids would no longer be able to camouflage themselves in the academic citadels of mediocrity,
whereas diligent kids, and their responsible parents would be made to shine.

The media absolutely hates her.
Case in point: Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media

"to report the news fully, accurately and fairly"

has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history.
Nothing more needs to be said on this one.

Meanwhile, parents love the idea that DeVos represents a CHOICE, thereby freeing their children from being subjected to a 13-year school sentence. ... w-low.aspx

 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:31 am 
The teachers will be wearing black in a very short period of time!

 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:06 pm 
It's official.
Betsy DeVos has been confirmed.
If you're a teacher, and you're reading this,
it's actually too late for you to abandon your union.
The time to do that would have been at some point over the past year.
You should still be okay for another year or two.
Changing a pedantic, archaic bureaucracy takes time, especially in the beginning.

Everything you do that is teacher-related ... is about to change.
You're in trouble - AND YOU KNOW IT.
As you witness diminishing numbers of students,
some of you will be let go, and while that's a sorry state of affairs,
you have no one to blame but yourselves.
And THE first casualty of the New Order ...
will be seniority.
Suddenly, everyone is going to placed on a performance-based, equal playing field.
GREAT news if you're a young teacher seeking tenure.
For those who retired years ago, but stuck around to collect a check?
Not so much.

First it was Trump's election, now the election of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education.
Completing this trifecta will be Governor Wolf's decision to abolish property taxes.
You remember Wolf.
He was the guy you bought and paid for.

Greed is a two-edged sword.
It speaks to our sense of self preservation.
It also blinds us.

Your organization has been blind ... for DECADES.

Not to despair.
There will be no shortage of union rhetoric about "we've-faced-tough-times-before,"
and "we'll-still-be-standing-long-after-Trump-and-DeVos-leave-office,"

and blah, blah, blah.

And some of you will continue to believe it.
Stay in your bubbles of denial.

Short attention span?
Here's a takeaway:


"The horror. The horror."
- Jospeh Conrad
- Heart of Darkness

 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:28 pm 
Guest wrote:
if everybody with children would move, wouldn't need teachers or schools. save a lot of money. great choice, make it today.

I wish the red lady would move out like the blue lady

 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:50 am 
"I wish the red lady would move out like the blue lady"
I don't know what that means.

 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:13 am 
Really rooting for Betsy to pound the final nails into that coffin of the teachers' union.

 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:14 am 
TONS of people are rooting for her.
They just keep it quiet.
These are the same folks who voted for Trump.
Has to be unnerving for the left.
They think they understand what's going on in this country.

It's this imperceptible, silent revolution that keeps them off balance.

They suspect something, but can't quite identify the quiet forces at work.
Those very same reticent forces are alive and well, when it comes to the NEA.
No worker should be compelled to join or pay dues to a union just to get or keep a job.
As of early February, one of the shortest bills ever introduced is gaining traction.
It's what was taken out of the bill that gives it meaning.

Union officials no longer have the power to extract dues from nonunion workers as a condition of employment.

Those very same quiet forces are at work to make Pennsylvania a Right to Work state.
So what will it do for Pennsylvanians?

Overall, they will enjoy greater private sector job growth and higher disposable incomes than their counterparts in states without Right to Work protections.

What will it do for teachers and students?
Quite simply, it will thin the herd, thereby decreasing the likelihood of holding Pennsylvania school students captive ...
thereby opening the doors to other, more effective means of educating them, because let's face it folks,
our present system of Public Education probably stopped function in the mid 1960s, and it's been a downhill, death spiral ever since. *

Surprisingly enough, union members themselves are jumping on the Right to Work bandwagon.
They have to, as they're now well aware that taxpayer wrath is ever encroaching.

If you believe that workers should be free to choose, without an encumbrance on their wallet for making these kinds of choices, then why not call U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, Tim Murphy. Let him know how you feel. He can be reached at 202-225-2301. Naturally, you'll get a recording. Let your voice be heard anyhow.

Simply leave the message that you believe Pennsylvanians shouldn't be subjected to PAY to go to work.

Tell him you support National Right to Work Act (H.R. 785) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

You can also call U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district, Mike Doyle, and voice the same concerns.

Union protection for teachers?
Enough is enough.

Look. Fixing Public Education would be a walk-in-the-park, compared to fixing Healthcare, but it starts with ... *

... you.
Had enough yet?

 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:22 am 
Mike Doyle 202-225-2135
Tim Murphy 202-225-2301

 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:30 pm 
Hey! They actually answer their phones.

 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:04 pm 
They talked to me too, it was so easy.

 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:46 pm 
"Simply leave the message that you believe Pennsylvanians shouldn't be subjected to PAY to go to work."

 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:49 pm 
The number of teachers who don't hide their disdain for newly-elected Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is outrageous.
And they make no attempt to hide it, in spite of having a union that is now very much in the political cross hairs.
I get having a political P.O.V., but this meme was posted by a teacher on Facebook:

This "reply" was posted by yet another teacher:

It's just my opinion, but being in such a high profile position, they should probably keep their political opinions to themselves.
To do otherwise, requires a special kind of stupid.
Take a wild guess as to whom liked and shared the above memes.

That's right ...
Other teachers!

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