10.26.2009

BRT and the School District

The following is taken, verbatim, from an email that I received yesterday. I may have some follow-up thoughts later (have to get the kiddos up shortly):

What should $4.5 million
of school cash buy?

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THIS . . . . .

80 employees of the Bureau of Revision of Taxes whom the Mayor's Task Force said were perceived as "patronage hires who do not add value"

OR THIS . . . . .

Reduce class size by one-third in elementary schools citywide;

  • Hire 50 music teachers;
  • Employ 50 new librarians for schools that don't have them;
  • Give 500 spots to students on a wait list to return to alternative high school degree programs;
  • Ensure that more than 800 sports teams citywide remain in place;
  • More full-time nurses for every school


WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?

SIGN THE PETITION HERE!


What are 80 employees of the Bureau of Revision of Taxes doing on the School District's payroll? That's a question Parents United has been asking for over a year.

This month, the School District of Philadelphia, the Mayor and parent and education advocacy groups called for an end to a practice where city kids are forced to pay $4.5 million for 80 BRT employees who are neither hired nor supervised by the District.

With the District seeking to cover a $200 million shortfall by taking $4 million directly out of school budgets, this cost becomes even more clear.

What's the problem? City Council apparently disagrees. A new Council bill leaves all BRT jobs at the School District, eating up precious dollars that our kids need for school based funds. Our kids - their politics!

Will you give us
5 minutes for $4.5 million?

Sign the petition here!


CALL OR EMAIL THESE COUNCILPEOPLE TODAY!
LET THEM KNOW PARENTS ARE WATCHING.

Councilman Bill Green: 215-686-3420
His council bill keeps the BRT jobs at the School District.

Councilwoman Marian Tasco: 215-686-3454
"I don't think it's an issue for any of the Council members, just for the mayor." Tasco, Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 8th.

Councilman Darrell Clarke: 215-686-3442
Clarke dodged the issue of whether school kids should pay for the workers and said instead that "he did not believe in a political ban for any city employees" and that "it's wrong to assume that patronage workers cannot be effective." Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 23.

Councilman Frank DiCicco: 215-686-3458
"The patronage employees become a good scapegoat . . . because they don't have the skills that are necessary to do the job correctly, through no fault of their own." DiCicco, Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 23.

Council President Anna Verna: 215-686-3412
She says she'll address the BRT's problems but declines to comment on the patronage workers. Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 23.

Please take a moment to call upon Education Chair Jannie Blackwell (215-686-3418) to support the BRT call. She has withheld initial support for Green's bill.

Please thank Councilman Frank Rizzo (215-686-3440) who is the first councilman to openly support the removal of BRT workers from the District payroll!
"If you're going to just cherry-pick and not take on the tough part, the political part, you're going to have another bureaucracy with a different name." Rizzo, Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 9th.

SCHOOL FUNDS ARE FOR SCHOOLS -
NOT POLITICS!

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