Erie region school districts could fa...

Erie region school districts could face steep cuts in state funding

There are 8 comments on the Erie Times News story from Mar 21, 2011, titled Erie region school districts could face steep cuts in state funding. In it, Erie Times News reports that:

No more full-day kindergarten classes in some districts. Elimination of a science grant used to fund hands-on learning.

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TaxNoMore

United States

#1 Mar 21, 2011
"Erie region school districts could face steep cuts in state funding"

I'm

de·light·ed Adjective /diˈlītid/

Synonyms:

adjective: happy, glad, pleased, overjoyed

Feeling or showing great pleasure

a delighted smile

we were delighted to see fiscal reality slap the faces of socialist union members in Erie, PA

spend has come to an end
Stu Pedaso

Ravenna, OH

#2 Mar 21, 2011
Barker knew this was coming and padded the payroll with teachers we didn't need so they could save most of the worst.

There should be no tax increase, none. The entire cost of the cutback has to come out of the teachers. If they cut their dues the teachers wouldn't hurt at all.

Funding that union is no different than using our money for an abortion.
TaxNoMore

United States

#3 Mar 22, 2011
Nearly half of Costa Mesa city employees get layoff notices

Officials aim to contract work out to curb future pension obligations and eventually close a budget gap. A union leader says the city didn't try to negotiate other options. Workers are shell-shocked, and one dies in an apparent suicide.

March 18, 2011|By Joseph Serna and Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times

Costa Mesa has sent layoff notices to nearly half of its employees in a dramatic austerity program being closely watched by other cities struggling with ballooning pension obligations.

The move was sharply criticized by union leaders, and it stunned city employees, one of whom apparently committed suicide by jumping off Costa Mesa City Hall hours after layoff notices went out Thursday.

City officials said the cuts were the first step in a plan to outsource many services to the private sector and significantly reduce the number of workers at City Hall.

The six-month termination notices affect 213 of the city's 472 full-time employees and cut across departments: firefighters, maintenance workers, jail staff, even dogcatchers.

Costa Mesa is among hundreds of local governments around the country facing massive future shortfalls in what they owe retirees. This year's tab —$15 million out of the city's $93-million budget — is estimated to grow to more than $25 million within five years.

But while other cities have attacked the problem with less generous pensions for new hires and by requiring current employees to contribute more of their paychecks toward retirement, Costa Mesa aims to contract out services it has directly provided for decades in a bid to curb future pension obligations.

"Clearly they are trying a new model," said Stuart Drown, executive director of the Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan state public policy oversight agency. "A city that lays off half its staff — by any standard that's got to be considered a big move."

Costa Mesa "appears to have gone with the nuclear option," said Joe Nation, a professor of public policy at Stanford University who is studying the issue of underfunded public pensions.

Faced with an unprecedented pension and retiree healthcare crisis, "cities are being forced to look at things that would've been unthinkable before," he said.

Controversy over public employee pensions and benefits has roiled state and local governments in recent months as politicians scramble to cope with recession-socked treasuries.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/18/local...
JJWalker

Cleveland, OH

#4 Mar 22, 2011
No tax increase whatsoever. Make the necessary cuts to personal from the top down, Administrators, principals and teachers. Cut pensions and benefits.
TaxNoMore

United States

#5 Mar 23, 2011
These days, brilliant women become surgeons and

investment bankers — and 47 percent of America’s

kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers come from

the bottom one-third of their college classes (as

measured by SAT scores).

The figure is from a study by McKinsey & Company,“Closing the Talent Gap.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/opinion/13k ...
CRANK II

Cleveland, OH

#6 Mar 25, 2011
Pension, healthcare deal reached with L.A.'s largest city union

http://feeds.latimes.com/~r/latimes/mostviewe...

Why can't we get this here in Erie with school workers, city and county union members? PA state workers too. Still doesn't go far enough but it's a start.
Great Lakes Lover

Cleveland, OH

#7 Mar 28, 2011
"The superintendent of New York City public schools, the nation's largest district, makes $250,000. Los Angeles is the second-largest district."

How on Earth could the ESD Board have paid Barker the same salary,$250,000, for barely educating 11,000 students when the person in NYC oversees over ONE MILLION STUDENTS?

What is going on? Badams makes $169,000?
TaxNoMore

United States

#8 Mar 29, 2011
Great Lakes Lover wrote:
"The superintendent of New York City public schools, the nation's largest district, makes $250,000. Los Angeles is the second-largest district."
How on Earth could the ESD Board have paid Barker the same salary,$250,000, for barely educating 11,000 students when the person in NYC oversees over ONE MILLION STUDENTS?
What is going on? Badams makes $169,000?
Ask any teacher, they deserve it.

These days, brilliant women become surgeons and

investment bankers — and 47 percent of America’s

kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers come from

the bottom one-third of their college classes (as

measured by SAT scores).

The figure is from a study by McKinsey & Company,“Closing the Talent Gap.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/opinion/13k...

http://www.mckinsey.com/clientservice/Social_...

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