Residents Ask For Higher Taxes To Sav...

Residents Ask For Higher Taxes To Save Teachers - Regional News - Berks Story - WFMZ Allentown

There are 209 comments on the WFMZ story from Apr 12, 2011, titled Residents Ask For Higher Taxes To Save Teachers - Regional News - Berks Story - WFMZ Allentown. In it, WFMZ reports that:

Among the things you rarely hear people say is this: "raise my taxes." But that's what some folks were telling the Fleetwood School board Tuesday night.

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John

Allentown, PA

#202 Apr 14, 2011
Fleetwood Parent of 3 wrote:
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I'm not against you on this.. I'm with you.. but we are really talking semantics.. saving the programs means saving the teachers. The projected budget cut of 250K in music eliminating programs, eliminates positions..in many cases, by saving the programs, your saving the bodies that implement them.
There are other areas in the proposed cuts that this wouldn't apply to, like MS athletics. That's just coaching positions and travel. But when we are talking about saving programs like music, art, social studies, languages, special ed etc.. we are saving teachers.
What do you propose to save the taxpayers homes?
John

Allentown, PA

#203 Apr 14, 2011
Amish Pirate wrote:
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Amazing cars got delivered, oil got to houses, books got to schools in the 50's and 60's an we had a whole lot less trucks on the road. Just like everything else you seem to think it is all or nothing. Do we need trucks for some things yup, do we need things shipped by truck from Texas to Pennsylvania, nope let's use trains for that and keep trucks to local deliveries. Driving 80 to the midwest or 95 south and half the times trucks out number cars on the road, no way that is efficient.
Your idea of 'rail frieght' was common from day '1' until the late 60's. Trains would transport to the terminal (freight station)
Then a local (short haul) driver would pick-up the goods from there.(usually under 2 miles)
Usually after the train had departed.

There was no such thing as 'interstate trucking' and you were NEVER behind a tractor-trailer.
Another plus was your goods never were stuck in traffic.

Your idea of 'rail freight' will be back someday.
For now, we can drive around sandwiched between monsterous trucks.
Jeanne Walter

United States

#204 Apr 14, 2011
I feel the school board should be listening to, and doing all they can to go with the wishes of the people. If the public is willing to accept a tax increase to benefit their children, I feel the school board should permit this to happen. The teachers themselves have offered to freeze their salary for a full year. They are doing all they can - the public is offering to do what they can (tax increase). We now need the school board to respond in positive way.
John

Allentown, PA

#205 Apr 14, 2011
Jeanne Walter wrote:
I feel the school board should be listening to, and doing all they can to go with the wishes of the people. If the public is willing to accept a tax increase to benefit their children, I feel the school board should permit this to happen. The teachers themselves have offered to freeze their salary for a full year. They are doing all they can - the public is offering to do what they can (tax increase). We now need the school board to respond in positive way.
An increase may not be legal.
We will see.
fleetwood resident

Allentown, PA

#206 Apr 14, 2011
Jeanne Walter wrote:
I feel the school board should be listening to, and doing all they can to go with the wishes of the people. If the public is willing to accept a tax increase to benefit their children, I feel the school board should permit this to happen. The teachers themselves have offered to freeze their salary for a full year. They are doing all they can - the public is offering to do what they can (tax increase). We now need the s chool board to respond in positive way.
I am a fleetwood resident and own my house. I do not think a tax increase is necessary. Property taxes are to high and people are loosing their jobs and houses. Their is plenty of waste in the budget that can be cut.Fleetwood wastes $50,000 a year teaching latin. It was not taught when I went to school and does need to be taught now. I am sure their is a ton of waste in the budget. It is time for some residents and school administrators to wake up and stop living on fantasy island.
John

Allentown, PA

#207 Apr 15, 2011
If they don't raise my taxes,
I'll just send a few thousand extra in anyway, right after I'm done driving 200 miles to hand over a few hundred to the casino.

Then again, maybe I'll just
mail the casino a check too.

It's for the children &
I can always get onto welfare.
Kid03

Blandon, PA

#208 Apr 20, 2011
DBA wrote:
FYI: The "summer-off" is really assigned vacation. They can't just leave in the middle of the year and go to Disney for a week or two. Although, some parents pull their kids out of class for it.
In all fairness, everyone needs to stop the finger-pointing and all help. Administrators and staff can all take a pay freeze and the parents can make sure that their kids are ready for school. Too much time is wasted in class doing what parents should do (i.e. rested, fed & ready to sit down and learn)
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I'm pretty sure all of my children's teachers have taken time off during the school year to go to Disney
Concerned in Fleetwood

Bangor, PA

#209 Apr 21, 2011
Kid03 wrote:
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I'm pretty sure all of my children's teachers have taken time off during the school year to go to Disney
I agree with you that too many Fleetwood teachers are permitted to take leave without pay during the school year. Districts do not need to grant such requests, but Fleetwood is notorious for doing so. The administration and school board are just people-pleasers who do not necessarily do what is right for the students.

By the way, Fleetwood's school board has AGAIN rejected the teachers' union proposal to freeze their pay. However, they accepted the support staff union's proposal to freeze their pay, and their stipulations were the same. What is really going on here??
Pasquale Joseph

Pottstown, PA

#210 Apr 24, 2011
Come on school board accept the teachers and the public offer to freeze their pay and have a tax increase. The teachers are willing to hold the line but I think the school board is out of step with reality. School board wake up and smell the roses. You have a great group of people to work with, get busy and work things out. Save programs and JOBS.

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