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 Post Posted: Thu May 04, 2017 5:46 pm 
 
"Elizabeth Forward school budget holds line on taxes"
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south ... 1505270269
Granted, the article is nearly two years old, but you must admit. If teachers were receiving another automatic pay raise, taxes would be through the roof.


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 Post Posted: Thu May 04, 2017 5:48 pm 
 
The shoe is about to be put on the other foot, we'll see how the teachers like it.


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 Post Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 10:55 am 
 
This is a photograph of Arizona House Majority Leader John Allen (R):

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He's of the opinion that "Teachers Should Expect To Work Second Jobs And Have Lower Salary Expectations."
I, for one, happen to agree with him.
Enough already with the unabashed GREED.

https://theintellectualist.co/senior-ar ... ectations/


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 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Sun May 07, 2017 10:42 am 
 
Who is on the ballot this month?


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 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 5:52 pm 
 
Martell is on the ballot again.


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 Post Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 12:10 am 
 
YOUR SCHOOL TAXES ARE GOING UP BY 7%. IT WAS PASSED TONIGHT.


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 Post Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 7:06 am 
 
School board can't kick the can down the road any more. What a bunch of jerk offs.


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 Post Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 7:25 am 
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Guest wrote:
YOUR SCHOOL TAXES ARE GOING UP BY 7%. IT WAS PASSED TONIGHT.


Someday, somehow, the taxpayers are going to pay for the pensions public sector employees enjoy. In the case of teachers, the day of reckoning has been pushed down the road as far as it can be. Delay just makes it worse.
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 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 6:28 pm 
 
Teachers are up in arms, from Betsy DeVos, to President Trump, to their crybaby complaints about how they're taking another pay freeze. Taxes went up 7%, so it looks like these bloodsuckers will be in-the-money until the next automatic pay raise. When will it end?

Is it true that two married teachers receive a yearly reimbursement of $7,500.00? I heard the district asks that one teacher be put on the healthcare policy of the other. When that happens, the district saves $15,000.00. But instead of keeping the money, they give half of it back to the teacher who has agreed to be added as a rider on his / her spouse's healthcare benefits. It was recently argued as to how much this strategy "saves" the district.


It doesn't.


If someone had a brain in his head, then he would have asked - early on - as a condition of employment: "Hey! Since your spouse is also a teacher, would you mind being put on his / her health insurance?"

No. Instead, the district reimburses the teacher to the tune of $7,500.00. That's what I call piss-poor management. Don't tell me. Another district kow-tow to the teachers' union. Disgusting.


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 Post Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:13 pm 
 
Actually, no. If 2 teachers are married and share a policy, there is no extra money given. If one takes their spouses insurance when they work for another company, then they get the money. It's in the contract if you look at it on line.


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 Post Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:28 pm 
 
I beg to differ.
Can you specify that contract language?


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 Post Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 9:09 am 
 
It's DEFINITELY true. If two teachers are married to each other, and both teachers work in EF, one of them can opt to be put on the health insurance coverage of the other.
Net results: (1) No loss of coverage by either teacher. (2) The district will reward the teacher who gave up his / her coverage. (3) The reward will be money. (4) The money will be half of what it costs to insure one teacher. (5) The district keeps the other half.

Here's an example:

Teacher A and Teacher B are married to each other.
Both teachers work in EF.
The cost to insure both teachers is $32,000.00 ($16,000.00 per teacher).
The district asks teacher B to be placed on the insurance of his spouse (teacher A).
One would think the district is now saving $16,000.00.


Not so fast.
The district saves only $8,000.00.
Where does the remaining $8,000.00 go?
It goes in the pocket of teacher B, who presumably "gave up" his health insurance.
In reality, teacher B didn't give up anything at all.
In fact, he became a profiteer to the tune of $8,000.00.

Once again - piss-poor management.


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 Post Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 10:10 am 
 
Pochahontas is on the war path in this video, about "Trump and DeVos."
She rips them.
What she fails to realize is that her diatribe against education budget cuts are the very reasons the majority of Americans voted for him.
One of the facts she cites is that the President and the Education Secretary want to "roll back student loan subsidies for low-income income college students."
Heartbreaking, isn't it?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwJTOSNny5c
These folks have my blessing, and they have the blessing of tens of millions of other Americans who watched the American Public Education system go down the drain for the past 50 years.
School choice can't come soon enough.


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 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:36 pm 
 
Notice anything unusual about this picture?
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No?
What about the cultural makeup?
While I'm no fan of teachers, I am a fan of responsible parenting.
SO many of these young kids are of Asian / Indian descent.
Sure, sure, sure. Teachers are always quick to blame irresponsible parents.
Only goes so far however.
What you're looking at in the picture above is the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee.


Let's have a look at the 2017 winner and her family, shall we?
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and the 2016 winner ...
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and the 2015 winner ...
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Doesn't matter how far back we go.
The results are invariable.
You won't mind if an Asian kid or an Indian kid eats your kid's lunch.
Feeling a certain sense of Sturm und Drang?
Not to worry.
Just buy them the latest version of the iPhone, and a pair of Beats Headphones, and all is well with the world.
Wouldn't hurt if you chipped in for a $100.00 gift card to Starbucks as well.
Thinking about having your child opt-out of the PSSAs?
The same aforesaid kids and their parents will thank you inexorably,
because where we see boredom and antipathy ...


THEY SEE OPPORTUNITY.




We're not a Nanny State.
Not at all.


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 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:34 pm 
 
Many parents don't even study with their kids for their weekly spelling tests. Too busy I guess. There is a huge group of people who don't know the basics and really don't care about it.
Your knot gowing two git to far in live wit owt sum basik skillz.


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 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:58 pm 
 
Ha ha ha! Your egzactly rite.
Are those parents "too busy" as you've already said?
Or do they truly not care?
Or is it a combination of both?
Who can say for sure?
Here's the real tragedy; in Elizabeth Forward, we have a handful of kids who are second to none.
They'll end up going to some of the the finest colleges and universities in America.
Now this elite group isn't necessarily blessed with an extra sprinkling of smart genes.
Not at all. What they are endowed with is two no-nonsense parents, whose expectations are through the roof.
These promising young kids have the same potential as their complacent counterparts.
Really.
It's just that the former is in parental boot camp, while the latter is given free reign and carte blanche to do as they please.
Results: eternal angst about where their next paycheck will come from - for the rest of their lives.

"GENIUS" It's a word that's lost its meaning.
Build a better mouse trap?
You're a genius.

Solve a hard drive problem?
You're a genius.

Get a 4.0 in EF?
You're a genius.

Doesn't work that way.
I'm 72 years old.
In my entire lifetime, I've known perhaps one genius.
Perhaps.

No sir. What we identify as genius in others really comes down to inexorable, hard work.
That young person with a degree in, say, biochemistry or nuclear engineering?
He's not a genius.
He just has an unquenchable affinity for hard work.

To your point, there is indeed a "large group of people who don't know the basics, and really don't care about it."
What bothers me is just how gargantuan this group is.
Finally, it's [b]NEVER
too late to learn.


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 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:17 pm 
 
NO Students Are Proficient in Math And English At Six Baltimore City Schools
Just let that sink in.


Baltimore City Schools spends $16,000 per student per year,
making it the fourth highest spending district in the country per student.

http://www.mrctv.org/blog/no-students-a ... ty-schools

Maybe Baltimore teachers simply don't make enough.
Don't worry about it.
The Baltimore Teachers' Union is looking into this dire situation.

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At least the above banner is honest.
It's says the teachers' union is working "for the betterment" of teachers (of course), paraprofessionals, and school-related personnel. No mention of using kids as just another money grab.


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 Post Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:28 am 
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Elizabeth Forward School District teachers, board split over arbitrator's proposal
ONATHAN D. SILVER
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
jsilver@post-gazette.com
3:29 PM JUL 8, 2017

Despite 18 months of negotiations, Elizabeth Forward School District teachers remain without a contract after both sides split last week over whether to accept a fact finder’s non-binding proposal.

Teachers voted yes on Thursday while the school board said no later that day.

“It’s nothing personal,” Thomas Sharkey Jr., the board’s vice president, said Saturday. “It’s simply where this district and this community is financially.”

School directors and the Elizabeth Forward Education Association will have the chance to vote once again to see if both sides can agree on the proposal — known as a “determination,” but representatives indicated that it is unlikely the outcomes will change.

Teachers voted overwhelmingly to accept the five-year proposal by arbitrator Christopher Miles, who issued his determination after both sides presented their cases.

“Not everybody got everything they wanted,” Matt Edgell, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state teachers’ union, said Saturday.

Mr. Edgell said that while the determination fell short of what unionized faculty and staff sought, it was not as bad as the district’s offer. He noted, too, that the district was the one that requested the fact finder only to reject his determination.

Roughly 150 teachers and other members of the bargaining unit have been working without a contract for the past year.

In rejecting the determination by a 5-1 vote, the school board faces the prospect of going back to the bargaining table.

“It’s been back and forth” since negotiations began in January 2016, Mr. Sharkey said. “We haven’t really made it that far.”

Mr. Sharkey voted to reject the determination along with Ryan O. Hemminger, Jamie Evans, Douglas Dyer and Richard Cummings Jr.

Charles Bakewell voted to accept the determination. Robin Miller and Dorothy Wycoff did not attend, according to Mr. Sharkey; and Megan Ferraro was on vacation, he said.

Mr. Sharkey said that even while teachers work without a contract they are able to get pay bumps through contractual step increases and continue to pay 3 percent toward their health care costs.

“We did that on purpose to be fair to the teachers,” Mr. Sharkey said.

Mr. Edgell said the teachers had not scheduled a date to vote. Mr. Sharkey said the board intends to cast a second round of votes on Wednesday.
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/educat ... 1707080113
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 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:29 am 
 
“It’s simply where this district and this community is financially,” said board president, Thomas Sharkey.


Everybody gets where we are financially.
EVERYBODY



... except the teachers!



Sorry, but we are taxpayers and we are simply maxed out.
Enough is enough.


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 Post subject: Re: Teachers' Union ...
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:39 am 
 
Guest wrote:
“It’s simply where this district and this community is financially,” said board president, Thomas Sharkey.


Everybody gets where we are financially.
EVERYBODY



... except the teachers!



Sorry, but we are taxpayers and we are simply maxed out.
Enough is enough.

I SO agree with this.


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