Legal Eagle

Erie, PA

#768 Jul 7, 2014
Here is a simply written, easy to understand outline for your reference:
http://www.mcsdk12.org/admin/pride_and_promis...
bystander

Erie, PA

#769 Jul 7, 2014
Legal Eagle wrote:
The Board of School Directors of all public districts in the Commonwealth set policy, pass budgets and approve recommendations for staffing. Check PSBA online publications.
Check Millcreek Dog's answer again. He's actually correct and on the money. Your legal answer is nothing more then a written explanation of their positions. No offense, please, but once they are elected, they do/don't do what they want. Have you ever been to any school board meetings? The teacher's contracts is what gets them elected. Not their ability to pass budgets, resolutions, policies etc. Your looking at it from afar.
Taxpayer

Erie, PA

#770 Jul 7, 2014
I did read Millcreek Dog's answer again and it's incorrect: "(the board) does not set policy". They may do a poor job of it or set policy that some people disagree with ( like the stupid classroom volunteer policy a couple of years ago) but they do in fact by law have to vote to put in place all policies in the district.
bystander

Erie, PA

#771 Jul 7, 2014
Taxpayer wrote:
I did read Millcreek Dog's answer again and it's incorrect: "(the board) does not set policy". They may do a poor job of it or set policy that some people disagree with ( like the stupid classroom volunteer policy a couple of years ago) but they do in fact by law have to vote to put in place all policies in the district.
No, I still agree with Millcreek Dog. These members are fully vetted by the union before they are submitted to the membership. If these are the only people running, the board simply does what the union wants. HOWEVER. If the union does not control the majority then "legal eagle" has the valid point.
bystander

Erie, PA

#772 Jul 7, 2014
Of course the McDowell project would prove me wrong.
Millcreek Dog

Erie, PA

#773 Jul 8, 2014
It has been obvious for years that the most powerful voting block in Millcreek Township has been the teachers union and their families. The union has been masterful at selecting candidates to run for board positions to meet the teachers specific objectives. Watch out for the next election with state pension reform looming, a selective school board could sell the taxpayer down the river with a "golden" 401k for the union members.
bystander

Erie, PA

#774 Jul 8, 2014
Millcreek Dog wrote:
It has been obvious for years that the most powerful voting block in Millcreek Township has been the teachers union and their families. The union has been masterful at selecting candidates to run for board positions to meet the teachers specific objectives. Watch out for the next election with state pension reform looming, a selective school board could sell the taxpayer down the river with a "golden" 401k for the union members.
Not sure what you're referring to. The state pension program ( PSERS ) is a mandatory plan. A district can't opted out and offer their own program. Besides, it's constitutional law.
eastside eddie

Erie, PA

#775 Jul 8, 2014
bystander wrote:
<quoted text>Not sure what you're referring to. The state pension program ( PSERS ) is a mandatory plan. A district can't opted out and offer their own program. Besides, it's constitutional law.
The pension plan is unsustainable and will be legislated out of existence for new arrivals. The new 401k plan could be just as burdensome if the union has its way. The "Charter District" proposal ideas I hear floating around Harrisburg could have a substantial bearing on the whole pension mess.
Caughey Cathy

Erie, PA

#776 Jul 8, 2014
eastside eddie wrote:
<quoted text>
The pension plan is unsustainable and will be legislated out of existence for new arrivals. The new 401k plan could be just as burdensome if the union has its way. The "Charter District" proposal ideas I hear floating around Harrisburg could have a substantial bearing on the whole pension mess.
Pension reform is WAY over due, these greedy b a st ards will milk every dime they can out of the taxpayer.
bystander

Erie, PA

#777 Jul 8, 2014
eastside eddie wrote:
<quoted text>
The pension plan is unsustainable and will be legislated out of existence for new arrivals. The new 401k plan could be just as burdensome if the union has its way. The "Charter District" proposal ideas I hear floating around Harrisburg could have a substantial bearing on the whole pension mess.
Please, tell us more.
eastside eddie

Erie, PA

#778 Jul 8, 2014
bystander wrote:
<quoted text> Please, tell us more.
It will all unfold after the state budget is signed.
A Listener

Erie, PA

#779 Jul 10, 2014
eastside eddie wrote:
<quoted text>
It will all unfold after the state budget is signed.
Indeed. There was a lot in that budget.
Citizen

Erie, PA

#780 Jul 13, 2014
The state budget is passed and there is not a word about "Charter Districts".
Millcreek Dog

Erie, PA

#781 Jul 13, 2014
Citizen wrote:
The state budget is passed and there is not a word about "Charter Districts".
Hold on to your panties, this is only the beginning.

As school districts statewide continue cutting, Pennsylvania's largest cyber school announced plans for widespread expansion, including at least 80 new teachers and a $5.7 million building project in downtown Midland in Beaver County.

“It's a big jump, but we're a big school,” said Michael Conti, CEO of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.“For so long, we've relied on our students and our parents to do the heavy lifting for every child's education. We're changing things up a bit.”

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/education/6385909-74...
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Citizen

Erie, PA

#782 Jul 13, 2014
Millcreek Dog wrote:
<quoted text>
Hold on to your panties, this is only the beginning.
As school districts statewide continue cutting, Pennsylvania's largest cyber school announced plans for widespread expansion, including at least 80 new teachers and a $5.7 million building project in downtown Midland in Beaver County.
“It's a big jump, but we're a big school,” said Michael Conti, CEO of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.“For so long, we've relied on our students and our parents to do the heavy lifting for every child's education. We're changing things up a bit.”
Read more: http://triblive.com/news/education/6385909-74...
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Hahaha you left off the next paragraph:
"The expansion arrives less than a year after prosecutors indicted the company's founder and former CEO Nicholas Trombetta, who investigators allege illegally funneled $1 million from school coffers. Trombetta pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of mail fraud, bribery, tax conspiracy and filing false tax returns last year. A trial date has not been scheduled."
Charter schools are ripe for graft, fraud and theft. And this so called "plan" (which is all it is), is a far cry from the "charter district" you have insisted was like the second coming of Christ. Pension reform and union management are the necessities in righting public schools, so how about you get on board with that?
Millcreek Dog

Erie, PA

#783 Jul 13, 2014
I know it is hard for you to be rational and face the facts that the current system is unsustainable.
Taxpayer

Pittsburgh, PA

#784 Jul 13, 2014
Millcreek Dog wrote:
I know it is hard for you to be rational and face the facts that the current system is unsustainable.
I think that's the point being made, that the current retirement system is unsustainable and the union must be dealt with in order to protect resources in schools.
Citizen

Erie, PA

#785 Jul 13, 2014
Thanks, but I don't need you to explain my comments; if he is too dim to figure them out for himself, it's on him.
Millcreek Dog

Erie, PA

#786 Jul 13, 2014
Citizen wrote:
Thanks, but I don't need you to explain my comments; if he is too dim to figure them out for himself, it's on him.
My God, you must think like a teacher because your common sense meter reads ZERO.
Citizen

Erie, PA

#787 Jul 13, 2014
Right back at you, pal. Except for the teacher part.

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