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Unread 07-27-2011, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Default PPS lays off a bunch of teachers

49 teachers, school support staff laid off in Pittsburgh Public Schools - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wonder how many more will go since our natural gas rich state is in such poor financial shape they no longer fund schools for our kids?
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Unread 07-27-2011, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Swissvale, PA
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Woodland Hills cut jobs this years also. I glad to see cuts instead of an increase in taxes, I think there's plenty of fat that can be cut.
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Unread 07-27-2011, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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49 teachers, school support staff laid off in Pittsburgh Public Schools - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wonder how many more will go since our natural gas rich state is in such poor financial shape they no longer fund schools for our kids?
Is it a funding issue or an enrollment issue? And did all erstwhile funding increases improve results to such an extent that the status quo level of funding is justified?
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Unread 07-27-2011, 10:58 PM
 
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I glad to see cuts instead of an increase in taxes, I think there's plenty of fat that can be cut.
Yeah, it's always awesome to see hard-working people lose their jobs
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Unread 07-28-2011, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Teacher salaries and benefits in Allegheny County are at unsustainable levels given the state of the economy. I would much rather see a significant reduction in those salaries and benefits before directly/indirectly hurting our students. There should not be any more raises anywhere until school districts find the effective means to live within the current economy. Just my two cents...
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Unread 07-28-2011, 05:05 AM
 
Location: PB
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So it begins....

Devalue education, gut public transportation, destroy the environment without local benefit, have companies fight over who should make more money from the sick, raise taxes for zero benefit..... I like where this state is headed.
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Unread 07-28-2011, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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So it begins....

Devalue education, gut public transportation, destroy the environment without local benefit, have companies fight over who should make more money from the sick, raise taxes for zero benefit..... I like where this state is headed.
You are going to see a lot more of this kind of thing because the long term costs which are the promises made to teachers and administrators isn't feasible. Most school systems have been run like PAT Transit. Districts can raise property taxes, but at some point people will start getting really upset and then cuts will have to be made. The current teachers are living in a nice situation, but our future looks very bleak due to them making too much. Once again most districts are living on a credit card, but don't really know it.
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Unread 07-28-2011, 06:52 AM
 
Location: PB
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You are going to see a lot more of this kind of thing because the long term costs which are the promises made to teachers and administrators isn't feasible. Most school systems have been run like PAT Transit. Districts can raise property taxes, but at some point people will start getting really upset and then cuts will have to be made. The current teachers are living in a nice situation, but our future looks very bleak due to them making too much. Once again most districts are living on a credit card, but don't really know it.
Although there is truth in your post, the anti-teacher/anti-workers rights notions from people is just as alarming as the previous things I've posted. Once teachers unions are finally taken down and education privatized (which is apparently to the solution to everything these days) we will all see worse working conditions as pensions and a decent living are demonized in a classic divide and conquer strategy.

We just can't win.
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Unread 07-28-2011, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Athens, GA (via Pittsburgh, PA)
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Local and state governments everywhere are cutting back. At least the Pittsburgh Public Schools aren't like the Atlanta Public Schools, where heads continue to roll because the school district cheated on federal standardized tests for a decade.
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Unread 07-28-2011, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Local and state governments everywhere are cutting back. At least the Pittsburgh Public Schools aren't like the Atlanta Public Schools, where heads continue to roll because the school district cheated on federal standardized tests for a decade.
Atlanta's Public School's got caught. I suspect there will be others to follow. Lets hope that didn't happen around here.
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