Should taxpayers be able to vote on teacher contracts?

Created by Education Reform on Apr 11, 2013

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Education Reform

Latrobe, PA

#1 Apr 11, 2013
We need the freedom of choice to vote on teacher contracts that other states including Ohio and New Jersey have. We are disenfranchised from the process when negotiations are deliberated in secrecy by Board
Members who often have relatives employed in the school district.
Internal Controls

Latrobe, PA

#2 Apr 13, 2013
The problem with public education is that the school district administration that sets the agenda and budget for school directors to in most cases rubber stamp it, have no incentive to control spending for building projects, and salaries and benefits.
True Referendum

Latrobe, PA

#3 Apr 13, 2013
Act 1 is worthless: Pension Exception, Health Care Exception, Construction Exception, etc.. We need a true referendum like the 37 other states that have the right to vote on contracts.
School Boards

Latrobe, PA

#4 Apr 16, 2013
Unfortunately school boards in PA have a hard time balancing the needs of taxpayers and educational priorities. In sprite of the PA School Board Association we need true referendums. California was and is the master of this voter forum and we need it in PA.
Come on ThunderChild

East Liverpool, OH

#5 Apr 16, 2013
Where does your kind come up with those ideas?
You aren't even allowed to vote on your senators pay.
John

Fleetwood, PA

#6 Apr 16, 2013
Come on ThunderChild wrote:
Where does your kind come up with those ideas?
You aren't even allowed to vote on your senators pay.
California , where we got open concept in schools to cause more havoc ?
Relative Deprivation

Latrobe, PA

#7 Apr 17, 2013
Come on ThunderChild wrote:
Where does your kind come up with those ideas?
You aren't even allowed to vote on your senators pay.
My friends in Chagrin Falls pay 30 percent less in school property taxes for the same home I have in North Allegheny.
Stagnant Population

Latrobe, PA

#8 Apr 17, 2013
Relative Deprivation wrote:
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My friends in Chagrin Falls pay 30 percent less in school property taxes for the same home I have in North Allegheny.
Outrageous taxes is why PA has stagnant population growth. What employers want to deal with high county and school property taxes, capital franchise tax and high corporate income taxes ! We are not competitive with NC. SC, TX, AZ and Florida.
John

Fleetwood, PA

#9 Apr 17, 2013
Stagnant Population wrote:
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Outrageous taxes is why PA has stagnant population growth. What employers want to deal with high county and school property taxes, capital franchise tax and high corporate income taxes ! We are not competitive with NC. SC, TX, AZ and Florida.
What employers ? The psea ,lawyers,teachers, lobbyists, state legislators ,turnpike commission, penn dot , state workers , state employees ,liquor stores . The endless stream of moochers of the taxpayers dime . For starters there is the short list of employers that like dealing with our high taxes .
Fox Chapel

Latrobe, PA

#10 Apr 22, 2013
Relative Deprivation wrote:
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My friends in Chagrin Falls pay 30 percent less in school property taxes for the same home I have in North Allegheny.
You are lucky you do not live in Fox Chapel. Onlk Theresa Heinz can afford to libe here. As soon as I retire I an heading for Georgia to get away from Taxsylyvania!
John

Fleetwood, PA

#11 Apr 22, 2013
Fox Chapel wrote:
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You are lucky you do not live in Fox Chapel. Onlk Theresa Heinz can afford to libe here. As soon as I retire I an heading for Georgia to get away from Taxsylyvania!
I think muther Teresa lives on Nantucket Island

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Disenfranchised

Latrobe, PA

#12 Apr 23, 2013
We can only control spiraling educational costs at the local level by giving the voters in each district the power to vote on the budget.
Disenchanted

Latrobe, PA

#13 Apr 24, 2013
Disenfranchised wrote:
We can only control spiraling educational costs at the local level by giving the voters in each district the power to vote on the budget.
John, apparently someone from the education community wants to maintain the status quo with their ratings game!
Ira

Latrobe, PA

#14 Apr 26, 2013
Disenfranchised wrote:
We can only control spiraling educational costs at the local level by giving the voters in each district the power to vote on the budget.
The machine shop that I worked for left PA for North Carolina because of the out of control property taxes in PA along with the Capital Franchise Tax that only 2 states now enforce. We are not a business friendly state to say the least.
Kept in the dark

Latrobe, PA

#15 Apr 30, 2013
Taxpayers are always kept in the dark when negotiations are taking place in PA. It is the PSEA way!
Transparency

Latrobe, PA

#16 May 3, 2013
Kept in the dark wrote:
Taxpayers are always kept in the dark when negotiations are taking place in PA. It is the PSEA way!
Taxpayers need to know what is on the table. Time to shed some sunshine on these clandestine meetings!
Play Book

Latrobe, PA

#17 May 6, 2013
It is part of the PSEA play book that salary and benefits demands never make it to the media!
John

Fleetwood, PA

#18 May 6, 2013
Play Book wrote:
It is part of the PSEA play book that salary and benefits demands never make it to the media!
The playbook of administrators comes from the same cranium as the teachers Union playbook . I like it when what little is left out the teachers will say "they are only asking for a 3 % pay raise" by the time the public payees get the word the 3 % went to 31/2 %
and thats only for the first year of a five year contract .

Nothing like collusion behind closed doors to screw the taxpayer .
Salary Increase

Latrobe, PA

#19 May 7, 2013
John wrote:
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The playbook of administrators comes from the same cranium as the teachers Union playbook . I like it when what little is left out the teachers will say "they are only asking for a 3 % pay raise" by the time the public payees get the word the 3 % went to 31/2 %
and thats only for the first year of a five year contract .
Nothing like collusion behind closed doors to screw the taxpayer .
They are asking for twice the amount of the cost of living index in PA for the last year. Western Pa is so bad that I have neighbors who have not had a pay increase in 5 years. Teachers do not have a grasp of how bad it is in this abysmal economy.
John

Fleetwood, PA

#20 May 7, 2013
Salary Increase wrote:
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They are asking for twice the amount of the cost of living index in PA for the last year. Western Pa is so bad that I have neighbors who have not had a pay increase in 5 years. Teachers do not have a grasp of how bad it is in this abysmal economy.
They do have a grasp and intend to hang onto it . The teachers on pension are still lobbying for the COLA they were promised every three years ? There should be a calculation on what that amount will add to the taxpayer bill to increase the underfunded psers account.

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