BASD is 'thoughtless'

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As a parent who chooses to send her child to private school, I am not one to complain about school taxes and I am not in support of school vouchers.
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RLimbaugh

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May 5, 2009
 
Bend over Barney
Perplexed In Bethlehem

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May 5, 2009
 
Six Years of continued health benefits? I don't care how "high up the ladder" he was... you elect to quit a job... you elect to quit all the benefits. I am certain that his new postion at Moravian will offer him and his wife health care - Let him apply for them just like everyone else!
Boo Hoo

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May 5, 2009
 
Cry me a river.... welcome to the real world lady. You all wanted him out, he did nothing wrong and was scapegoated, he decides to leave and you fault him for making a deal. Talk about being fickle. Do you or anyone truly believe that his leaving was punishment? No it wasn't. It was a business deal between him and the BASD. The deal struck is the cost of doing business. I don't blame him one bit. Remember, you can not have your cake and eat it too!!! Although. Lewis seems to have!!
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May 5, 2009
 
It is yet another reminder of how completely screwed up our public education system is.

And by the way, you will almost always receive a better education at a private school than you will at a public school. Our public school system is now a national catastrophe.
geraldine skrapits

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May 5, 2009
 
I agree with your statement wholeheartedly, with the exception of vouchers. I have two grandchildren in private school, I know what a sacrifice parents make to educate their children. I think the government should give vouchers. I sit on a school board and in our area they want a charter school, which will undoubtedly pass, we as taxpayers will pay for the public school plus the charter school, not only is this unfair to the taxpayers, but also it is not fair to the education of our children. As far as Mr. Lewis and his family benefits, that is all negotiated in his contract, which for all the taxpayers is devistating.
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May 5, 2009
 
Boo Hoo wrote:
Cry me a river.... welcome to the real world lady. You all wanted him out, he did nothing wrong and was scapegoated, he decides to leave and you fault him for making a deal. Talk about being fickle. Do you or anyone truly believe that his leaving was punishment? No it wasn't. It was a business deal between him and the BASD. The deal struck is the cost of doing business. I don't blame him one bit. Remember, you can not have your cake and eat it too!!! Although. Lewis seems to have!!
Another educated, constructive statement from the "screw the taxpayer" section.
Jim

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May 5, 2009
 
When is it going to sink in? School boards do not care about the burden on taxpayers. How many of the 501 school districts put any tax referendum up for a vote? I would venture to say hardly any. They keep their tax increase just below the threshold as to not have to ask the taxpaying public. School boards asking the public to vote for a higher tax increase? Get real. For them, it's just too easy to increase taxes. With a stroke of the pen it's on your next tax bill.
Thomas Paine

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May 5, 2009
 
A contract is a ontract. If you are alarmed, pay a little more attention to your school board meetings.
Storm

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May 5, 2009
 
Jim:

Let's say a referendum went up to the taxpayers for approval. Do you really think they would vote for any increase? NO. Why would they? I am in these topics enough to see where some people are coming from. Here is what would happenn :If they want to build a new school, make the teachers give back their raises. Let the teacher's work for minimum wage. They make too much anyway. The teachers are greedy and lazy. Let them get a real job and I am going to lose my house if my taxes go up any further. I think I covered all the main points, but maybe I messed one.

The legislators knew this and that is why they passed this but only if the budgets increase over a certain percentage. However, there are increases in the budget that are exempt. So the need for a referendum does not have to come to be. Call your representative and have them explain why there are so "many" referendums on school budgets. The politicians are slick. They cover both ends of the spectrum so they stay in office.
Storm

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May 5, 2009
 
There is a contract to provide this for him. Do you have contracts with anyone? How about your insurance company? If something happens and you are covered through insurance, then what would happen if the insurance company said they were not going to cover the damage. Someone signed the agreement with Dr. lewis and there is nothing more that can be said.
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May 5, 2009
 
Disgusted wrote:
It is yet another reminder of how completely screwed up our public education system is.
And by the way, you will almost always receive a better education at a private school than you will at a public school. Our public school system is now a national catastrophe.
I'd be more inclined to give you some credability if private schools took the same PSSA tests every year so we could compare them.(For example Catholic schools in the area have opted out of taking them)

Then we could argue about whether or not the ability of private schools to skim the cream and send back to public schools anyone who gets out of line, makes the comparisons any good.

Frankly, I have run into many private school graduates, who, other than being great promoters of their own worth, have little to commend themselves for.
Truth can hurt

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May 5, 2009
 
Storm,

Sounds sorta like the Easton teacher's contract situation.
Bill from Coopersburg

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May 5, 2009
 
BASD is no different than any other school district. They do not care about the education of our children, they do not care about taxpayers. They care only and totally about spending money as fast as they can. Take a look at each of their own finances and I bet they all have credit card bills, car payments, house payments and other money issues. None of them have a clean slate I'll bet you, so why would anyone trust them to know how to spend with sense and save taxpayer money. It's time to mandate that anyone who wants to be an elected official have zero money problems in their home life. If you can't keep your home finances clean, you have no business trying to handle taxpayer money.
linda

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May 5, 2009
 
Thomas Paine wrote:
A contract is a ontract. If you are alarmed, pay a little more attention to your school board meetings.
We elect the school board to protect our interests, it is their JOB. They WANTED the job. I have a job, too. I protect my company's interest and I treat the money as though it were coming out of my own pocket. They should be able to do the same without my being in their faces.
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May 5, 2009
 
Storm wrote:
Jim:
Let's say a referendum went up to the taxpayers for approval. Do you really think they would vote for any increase? NO. Why would they? I am in these topics enough to see where some people are coming from. Here is what would happenn :If they want to build a new school, make the teachers give back their raises. Let the teacher's work for minimum wage. They make too much anyway. The teachers are greedy and lazy. Let them get a real job and I am going to lose my house if my taxes go up any further. I think I covered all the main points, but maybe I messed one.
The legislators knew this and that is why they passed this but only if the budgets increase over a certain percentage. However, there are increases in the budget that are exempt. So the need for a referendum does not have to come to be. Call your representative and have them explain why there are so "many" referendums on school budgets. The politicians are slick. They cover both ends of the spectrum so they stay in office.
I am a teacher in a local district, and I would like to know what Storm does for a living while he can make blanket statements about teachers like he does. Did you get a raise? Do you have a degree in anything other than idiocracy? Minimum wage? Then people don't understand why our public schools are in trouble. Storm, send your kids to a school where the teachers make minimum wage and I am sure the results will be too your liking. By your statements, there is no possible way you can have any kids anyway. Lets not put teachers in a lump sum and say they make too much. All of us are greedy and lazy? Do you have any idea what we do? I have come from the "real job" sector. I was a transmission mechanic for seven years before going back to college and working another 2.5 years to get my degree so I can teach math in high school. I worked as well during that span to help support a family while going full time. I understand the frustration for everyone, but we all seem to forget that teachers pay the taxes as well, and I am not making nearly the money I could with a BS in Mathematics elsewhere. I chose to teach instead for several reason, but one is JOB SECURITY, so I don't have to worry about losing my house when times go bad. Maybe you should have thought about the taxes and financial burden when you signed the deed for too much of a house which you really cannot afford in a downturn.
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May 5, 2009
 
He already had the job at Moravian so he just sealed it with an offer the board couldn't refuse. It's still a drop in the bucket for all the taxes we pay for all the state workers and teachers medical and pension benefits. It's the Goodfellows way of doing things.
They should all have to pay for medical benefits like the average Joe six pack does. It won't be happening anytime soon in this state.

“I get to see an Angel everyday”

Since: Dec 08

Allentown, PA

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#18
May 5, 2009
 
"Don't hate the player, hate the game."

In other words, he negotiated his contract very well. If you're going to be upset, don't be upset with him, be upset with those that accepted the terms of his contract.

Those people are elected, are they not?

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Since: Dec 08

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May 5, 2009
 
Grundle wrote:
<quoted text>I am a teacher in a local district, and I would like to know what Storm does for a living while he can make blanket statements about teachers like he does. Did you get a raise? Do you have a degree in anything other than idiocracy? Minimum wage? Then people don't understand why our public schools are in trouble. Storm, send your kids to a school where the teachers make minimum wage and I am sure the results will be too your liking. By your statements, there is no possible way you can have any kids anyway. Lets not put teachers in a lump sum and say they make too much. All of us are greedy and lazy? Do you have any idea what we do? I have come from the "real job" sector. I was a transmission mechanic for seven years before going back to college and working another 2.5 years to get my degree so I can teach math in high school. I worked as well during that span to help support a family while going full time. I understand the frustration for everyone, but we all seem to forget that teachers pay the taxes as well, and I am not making nearly the money I could with a BS in Mathematics elsewhere. I chose to teach instead for several reason, but one is JOB SECURITY, so I don't have to worry about losing my house when times go bad. Maybe you should have thought about the taxes and financial burden when you signed the deed for too much of a house which you really cannot afford in a downturn.
I think you are misunderstanding Storm, unless she has done a complete 180 degree turn.

What she is saying that if it was up to the taxpayers, the taxpayers would be saying that teachers are paid too much, etc... She doesn't agree with that assessment, at least she hasn't on other boards.
Truth can hurt

Bethlehem, PA

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May 5, 2009
 
Grundle,

I think what Storm is saying is, if we let the future of the job known as "teacher" up to taxpayers, the teachers would have NO future whatsoever. NO citizen would opt to have their taxes increased if asked!

There is a VERY HIGH amount of hatred in America for its public school teachers. I surely don't understand that, but it's real.

Like Storm indicates, any other system of budgeting for public education in America would find teachers deciding between the classroom and that other job at McDonald's.
Citizen Sane

Nazareth, PA

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May 5, 2009
 
Hmmm... maybe send your kids to public school? Otherwise.... pay up.

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