Pennsylvania Teachers Decide To Work For Free After Budget Cuts Leave Pennsylvania School District Without Funds For Salaries

People Demanding Action Radio Network

Banner

pa-teachersThe Chester Upland School District in Delaware County, Pennsylvania suffered a serious setback when Gov. Tom Corbett (R) slashed $900 million in education funds from the state budget. The cuts landed hardest on poorer districts, and Chester Upland, which predominantly serves African-American children and relies on state aid for nearly 70 percent of its funding, expects to fall short this school year by $19 million.

Faced with such a shortage of funds, the school district informed its staff that it will not be able to pay their salaries come Wednesday. So the teachers decided to work for free. As one teacher put it, students “need to be educated, so we intend to be on the job”:

At a union meeting at Chester High School on Tuesday night, the employees passed a resolution saying they would stay on “as long as we are individually able.”

Columbus Elementary School math and literacy teacher Sara Ferguson, who has taught in Chester Upland for 21 years, said after the meeting, “It’s alarming. It’s disturbing. But we are adults; we will make a way. The students don’t have any contingency plan. They need to be educated, so we intend to be on the job.”

The school board and the unions separately begged Corbett to provide financial aid for the district, but Corbett turned each request down. Pennsylvania’s Education Secretary Ron Tomalis told the board that it “had failed to properly manage its finances and would not get any additional funds.” Chester Upland was forced to lay off “40 percent of its professional staff and about half of its unionized support staff before school began last fall.” That leaves 200 professionals and 65 support staff to manage a school with class sizes of over 40 students.

Chester Upland is not the only district desperately trying to stay afloat. Corbett’s cuts forced one school district to enforce wage freezes and cut extracurricular activities and another turned to actually using sheep instead of lawnmowers to cut grass at two of its schools. As ThinkProgress’s Travis Waldron pointed out, Corbett could relieve school districts if he let special interest groups like tobacco and the oil and gas industry go without their tax breaks. But he seems to prefer allowing teachers to go without pay.

Link to original article from ThinkProgress


blog comments powered by Disqus

States - Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Articles

Prev Next Page:

PA Republicans Appeal to Racism

PA Republicans Appeal to Racism

Most people already know or sense that Pennsylvania has dropped from 8th to 47th in job creation under Corbett. That’s an important issue that Corbett lies about in this campaign mailer. The real message in this mailer is subliminal. “The effectiveness of subliminal messaging has been demonstrated to prime individual responses and stimulate mild emotional activity.” – Wikipedia The images of Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf are several shades darker than the images of President Obama in this Republican mailer. The reality is that Wolf’s skin color is much lighter than Obama’s. The purpose...

Randy Shannon | Beaver County Blue 05 Oct 2014 Hits:193 Pennsylvania

Read more

Pennsylvania refuses to release route info on oil trains

Pennsylvania refuses to release route info on oil trains

Pennsylvania officials have refused to disclose information that freight railroads provide about shipments of volatile crude oil through the state. In the wake of several fiery accidents, the U.S. Department of Transportation in May issued an emergency order requiring railroads to report to state emergency management officials the number of trains carrying oil from the Bakken Shale formation in the Midwest and the routes of the shipments. The order required the railroads to provide an estimate of the number of trains passing through each county per week that carry 1 million gallons...

Jon Schmitz | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 03 Aug 2014 Hits:280 Pennsylvania

Read more

Federal judge overturns Pennsylvania same-sex marriage ban

A federal district court judge struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, handing gay rights advocates their second legal victory in as many days. In the wake of last June’s Supreme Court decision striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, U.S. District Court Judge John Jones III said the commonwealth’s version of the law was unconstitutional. The suit was brought on behalf of 23 plaintiffs by the American Civil Liberties Union. “[W]e hold that Pennsylvania’s Marriage Laws violate both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the...

Niraj Chokshi and Reid Wilson | Washington Post 20 May 2014 Hits:371 Pennsylvania

Read more

Protesters Order Fitzpatrick to Help End Shutdown

Protesters Order Fitzpatrick to Help End Shutdown

Bucks County activists hung a cease and desist order outside Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick's Langhorne office. In the hours leading up to a rally outside Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick's Langhorne office, it appeared that a deal was close to tend the 15-day shutdown of the federal government. It would have been good news for the protesters that want to see the thousands of federal employees back to work and earning paychecks, even if it stole their thunder a bit. "We would have held the protest anyway," said Robin Stelly of Keystone Progress, one of the...

James Boyle| Levittown Patch 16 Oct 2013 Hits:500 Pennsylvania

Read more

Harrisburg group to target GOP over government shutdown

A liberal group based in Harrisburg will fan out across the state and into the Philadelphia suburbs Tuesday to try to put pressure on Republicans in Congress toward ending the federal government shutdown. Michael Morrill, executive director of Keystone Progress, said hundreds of people will place "cease and desist" posters outside the district offices of House Republicans, placing the blame on them. The National Republican Congressional Committee has called the protest a partisan stunt that ignores efforts by Pennsylvania's GOP House members to end the impasse. While Keystone Progress prepared for the...

Ben Finley | Philadelphia Inquirer 16 Oct 2013 Hits:456 Pennsylvania

Read more

Perry's Adams office gets 'cease and desist' order

Perry's Adams office gets 'cease and desist' order

Sometimes it's the thought that counts. A "cease and desist" order Roger Lund delivered to the Gettysburg office of Rep. Scott Perry, R-York County, doesn't carry any legal weight, but Lund said the message behind the order is the whole point. Lund and a group of about 80 Adams County residents delivered the letter around 11:30 Tuesday morning, about two days before the nation was set to default on its debts. There's a national crisis that, according to Lund and his group, was caused by a small group of extremists in the House...

Christina Kaufman | York Dispatch 16 Oct 2013 Hits:518 Pennsylvania

Read more

Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law Will Not Be Enforced While Trial Judge Deliberates

Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law Will Not Be Enforced While Trial Judge Deliberates

Pennsylvania voters will not have to show photo identification at the polls until the Commonwealth Court makes a final decision in the lawsuit challenging the controversial law. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley issued an order on August 16th extending the preliminary injunction of the voter ID law until the trial court makes a decision on a permanent injunction. That decision, which is separate from today’s ruling, is not expected until later this year. “We are very pleased that hundreds of thousands of eligible voters will be able to cast...

Sara Mullen | PA ACLU 16 Aug 2013 Hits:584 Pennsylvania

Read more

Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Secrecy-Obsessed Fracking Industry: Corporations Not The …

Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Secrecy-Obsessed Fracking Industry: Corporations Not The Same As Persons With Privacy Rights

“In the absence of state law, business entities are nothing.” A Pennsylvania judge in the heart of the Keystone State’s fracking belt has issued a forceful and precedent-setting decision holding that there is no corporate right to privacy under that state’s constitution, giving citizens and journalists a powerful tool to understand the health and environmental impacts of natural gas drilling in their communities. “Whether a right of privacy for businesses exists within the prenumbral rights of Pennsylvania’s constitution is a matter of first impression,” wrote Washington County Court of Common Pleas Judge...

Steven Rosenfeld | AlterNet 12 Apr 2013 Hits:596 Pennsylvania

Read more

Pa. Republicans have a Plan B to steal the 2016 presidential election

Pa. Republicans have a Plan B to steal the 2016 presidential election

They just won't quit, will they? The New Castle News (where I get most of my information these days*) is reporting that Harrisburg legislative powerhouse Sen. Dominic Pileggi has yet another scheme in which Pennsylvania would award a number of electoral votes to the losing candidate under a system not used in any of the other 49 states. As you may know, the losing candidate in every presidential election in Pennsylvania since 1988 has been a Republican. In 2012, President Obama got just under 52 percent of the popular vote and...

Will Bunch | Philly.com 05 Feb 2013 Hits:732 Pennsylvania

Read more

Pennsylvania Republicans To Introduce New Election-Rigging Plan

Last month, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus called up “states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red” to rig future presidential elections by changing the way electoral votes are allocated. Under Priebus’ proposal, blue states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania would stop awarding electoral votes to the winner of the state as a whole, and instead would award them one-by-one to the winner of each congressional district. Meanwhile, red states would continue to award 100 percent of their...

Ian Milhiser | Think Progress - Justice 04 Feb 2013 Hits:893 Pennsylvania

Read more

Hershey's Charity for Children Became GOP Slush Fund

Hershey's Charity for Children Became GOP Slush Fund

Milton and Catherine Hershey signed the deed of trust establishing the Milton Hershey School as an orphanage in 1909, funding it with revenue from the famous candy company. Since then, the school has officially been dedicated to “the purpose of nurturing and educating children in need.” Because its founder gave MHS Trust a controlling interest in the Hershey Company, today it boasts a massive $8.5 billion in assets and also owns Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (operating hotels and an amusement park). In keeping...

F Frederic Fouad | The Nation 20 Oct 2012 Hits:1367 Pennsylvania

Read more

On the Road With Working America

On the Road With Working America

One September night in the western Pennsylvania borough of Monaca, a disillusioned resident told a labor canvasser that he’d once “backed all of the Democrats all the way through,” only to realize “both sides” were “really full of shit.” Then he said something I heard often during my week in the region: “If all these factories were still running here, we’d all still have jobs.” In the mostly white, once unionized, postindustrial towns around Pittsburgh, outsourcing casts a long shadow over undecided or uninspired ...

Josh Eidelson | The Nation 11 Oct 2012 Hits:679 Pennsylvania

Read more

Judge blocks enforcement of portion of Pa. voter ID law

 Judge blocks enforcement of portion of Pa. voter ID law

HARRISBURG -- A judge has blocked the state from discounting ballots cast next month by voters who lack the photo identification required under the new voter ID law. Voters will be asked for their identification at the polls, but will vote by normal procedures and their vote will count regardless of whether they have an ID, according to officials on both sides of the case. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson wrote in an order released this morning that the injunction would have the effect of...

Karen Langley | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 02 Oct 2012 Hits:645 Pennsylvania

Read more

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Ruling: Judge Halts Enforcement Of Law For Election

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Ruling: Judge Halts Enforcement Of Law For Election

A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday postponed the enforcement of the state's new strict voter ID requirement until after the November presidential election. In a much-anticipated ruling, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. ordered that voters without government-issued photo ID should be allowed to cast regular ballots. "That's a huge win," said Witold J. Walczak, an attorney with the ACLU of Pennsylvania, "because last week the judge was suggesting that he was going to have every [voter without ID] vote provisionally." At the same time, the...

Dan Froomkin | Huffington Post 02 Oct 2012 Hits:751 Pennsylvania

Read more

PA Voter ID Hearing Report

PA Voter ID Hearing Report

Commonwealth promises that this time they really, really mean it when they say every voter will be able to get ID. Today’s hearing was déjà vu all over again, as the saying goes. Once again the Commonwealth produced a last-minute new ID procedure right before trial – this time literally the night before. And once again the Commonwealth asked the court to rely solely on its assurances that the new IDs would ensure that all eligible voters will get to vote in November. The biggest news of the trial (also announced in...

Sara Mullen, Associate Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania 26 Sep 2012 Hits:803 Pennsylvania

Read more

Tea Party Threatens Revenge Against Pennsylvania Justices For Not Upholding Voter ID Law

Tea  Party Threatens Revenge Against Pennsylvania Justices For Not Upholding Voter ID Law

Earlier this week, every single sitting Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice rejected a lower court decision allowing that state’s voter ID law to take effect. Four justices joined a majority opinion requiring the lower court judge to look at the case again due to concerns that voters were unable to obtain the IDs they were supposed to have easy access to as a matter of law, and two more justices joined a dissent arguing that the law should simply be suspended right away. Three of the justices in...

Ian Millhiser | Think Progress Justice 22 Sep 2012 Hits:1099 Pennsylvania

Read more

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Hits Roadblock as Court Orders Review of Decision

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Hits Roadblock as Court Orders Review of Decision

State Supreme Court sends decision back to lower court The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday has ordered the lower court to revisit its decision in the controversial voter ID law, which voting rights advocates have said would have disenfranchised as many as 750,000. The ruling stated: The court is to consider whether the procedures being used for deployment of the cards comport with the requirement of liberal access which the General Assembly attached to the issuance of PennDOT identification cards. If they do not, or if the Commonwealth Court is not still convinced in...

Common Dreams Staff | Common Dreams 19 Sep 2012 Hits:957 Pennsylvania

Read more

What I Spent to Comply With Pennsylvania’s New Voter ID Law

What I Spent to Comply With Pennsylvania’s New Voter ID Law

This past winter I moved to Philadelphia from Washington, D.C., where I had lived for about 3.5 years. I never bothered to register to vote down there, since the District doesn’t have voting representation at the federal level. (Yes, reader: The denizens of our nation’s capital live in a world of taxation without representation. They even slapped the phrase on their license plates in protest.) So for the interim I sent absentee ballots back home, even though they couldn’t have meant much in true-blue New...

Matt Bevilacqua | Next American City 12 Sep 2012 Hits:3994 Pennsylvania

Read more

Pa. Voter ID Law Leads to DMV Trips from 'Hell'

Pa. Voter ID Law Leads to DMV Trips from 'Hell'

Two government offices, three hour-long lines, two 78-mile trips, two week-long waiting periods, four forms of identity and two signed affidavits later, Pennsylvanians will be allowed to vote. Under the state's new voter ID laws,, which require every voter to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls, that is the epic process thousands of native Pennsylvanians have to go through to get the ID required to cast their ballots in November. And they now have just 56 days to complete it before the...

Amy Bingham | ABC News 12 Sep 2012 Hits:1222 Pennsylvania

Read more

LIVE on Sept. 13: Supreme Court Redistricting and Voter ID arguments

LIVE on Sept. 13: Supreme Court Redistricting and Voter ID arguments

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania today announced that its entire Sept. 13 oral argument session, which includes hearings on the state’s second legislative redistricting plan and the voter ID law, will be televised live on PCN. The hearings are being held in the court’s Philadelphia City Hall courtroom. Oral arguments will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Supreme Court’s Philadelphia courtroom, room 456 of City Hall. Strict decorum will be observed. Because of limited seating, observers will be admitted on a first come, first...

Diana Robinson | PCNTV 27 Aug 2012 Hits:890 Pennsylvania

Read more

Anti-Fracking Residents Follow and Confront Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett as He Kayaks Dow…

Anti-Fracking Residents Follow and Confront Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett as He Kayaks Down Endangered River in Tourism Photo Promo

Posted every few miles on the river's banks were groups of protestors, challenging the governor's pro-drilling policy with signs and chants. At just after  8 am on Thursday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett got into a blue kayak in Beach Lake, Pa  to begin a 15 mile trip south on the scenic Delaware, the nation's most pristine and ancient river. Some 30 kayakers, friends and associates, including Richard Allan, Pennsylvania's Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources, on the misty morning, part of a two-day promotion...

Nora Eisenberg | AlterNet 24 Aug 2012 Hits:1177 Pennsylvania

Read more

Direct from Beaver County Blue

  • Labor’s Campaigns and Action in Harrisburg Win a Round

    Photo: Tartaglione with union allies Senator Tartaglione Rises to Defeat ‘Paycheck Protection’ in Statehouse HARRISBURG, Oct. 15, 2014 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today helped to quash a backdoor attempt to weaken unions by joining...

  • The Right Wing’s ALEC Takes a Hit in Harrisburg

    Preserving Democracy in Pennsylvania By: Ellen Bravo Beaver County Blue via FireDogLake Oct. 17, 2014  It had all the trappings of an ALEC-backed attack on democracy:  Push out a bill prohibiting local governments from passing workplace protections...

  • Credit Unions’ PAC Finances Mitch McConnell Campaign

    Oppose Credit Unions Support for Politicians Who Oppose Working Families Interests by Randy Shannon Most of our credit unions are members of CUNA  the Credit Union National Association. CUNAs political action committee has donated $20,000...

  • Booming Natural Gas Won’t Slow Global Warming

    Natural gas burns more cleanly than coal, but thats not enough to reduce global carbon emissions, researchers say. Waste gas is burned off at a hydraulic fracturing site in March near Buttonwillow, Calif. Five research teams found that natural...

  • At Visit To Aliquippa HS, Wolf Talks Schools And Taxes

    Tom Wolf with Mayor Dwan Walker (Photo Credit: KDKA) By Jon Delano BEAVER COUNTY (KDKA) — Students in Aliquippa had the day off — except for the undefeated football team hard at practice. But that didn’t stop Democratic gubernatorial candidate...

  • Republican Cuts Kill

    Filed under: elections

PDA In Your State

PDA Network - Shows This Week

banner-climatechange1019

wr10-20

banner-agitatorradio

BannerPoliticsofFaithAll

Banner-EndingHomelessnessAll

Sign the Petition

Button-DetroitWater

 

PDA Issues

PDA is organized around several core issues. These issues include:

Each team hosts a monthly conference call. Calls feature legislators, staffers and other policy experts. On these calls we determine PDA legislation to support as well as actions and future events.

Pennsylvania Leadership


For support in organizing within your state, contact:


Randy_Shannon
Walter Ebmeyer
             Randy Shannon

 

State Leadership
Walter Ebmeyer and Randy Shannon

Email us at: pennsylvania@pdamerica.org

Chapters

Beaver County
Delaware and Montgomery Counties
Lower Bucks
McConnellsburg
Philadelphia

 Want to bring progressive change to Pennsylvania? Start a PDA chapter; send us an email and we'll get you started.


PA Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

Senate

Full List of Legislators Who Have Cut Ties With ALEC

  • Rep. Ted Harhai (D-58) - Harhai announced in May 2012 that he is no longer an ALEC member[15]
  • Rep. Kate Harper (R-61) - Harper announced in April 2012 that she is no longer an ALEC member[16]
  • Rep. William Keller (D-184) - Keller announced in May 2012 that he is no longer an ALEC member[15]
  • Rep. Nick Kotik (D-45) - Kotik announced in May 2012 that he is no longer an ALEC member[15]
  • Rep. Sandra Major (R-111) - Major announced in April 2012 that she does not plan to renew her ALEC membership[16]
  • Rep. Joseph Markosek (D-25) - Markosek announced in May 2012 that he is no longer an ALEC member[15]
  • Rep. Nicholas Micozzie (R-163) - Micozzie announced in May 2012 that he is no longer an ALEC member[15]
  • Rep. Mark Mustio (R-44) - Mustio announced in April 2012 that he is no longer an ALEC member[16]
  • Rep. Joseph Petrarca (D-55) - Petrarca told Politics PA in May 202 that he "has no ties and has never been a member of ALEC.”[17]
  • Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-36) - Readshaw claimed in April 2012 that he was never an ALEC member[16]
  • Rep. Curtis Thomas (D-181) - Thomas announced in May 2012 that he was cutting ties to ALEC.[18]
  • Rep. Mike Turzai (R-28) - Turzai told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in March 2012 that he is no longer an ALEC member[19]

Senate

  • Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18) - Boscola announced in May 2012 that she is no longer an ALEC member[15]
  • Sen. Jacob Corman (R-34) - Corman announced in May 2012 that he is no longer an ALEC member[18]
  • Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-12) - Greenleaf told Keystone Progress in May 2012 that "I have a membership with ALEC but because of concerns that have [been] raised by my constituents I will not be renewing it."[20]
  • Sen. John Pippy (R-37) - Pippy's staff announced in April 2012 that he is no longer an ALEC member[16]
  • Sen. Leanna Washington (D-4) - Washington announced in May 2012 that she is no longer an ALEC member[15]
  • Sen. Anthony Williams (D-8) - Williams, who has used PA state funding for ALEC,[21] "vociferously protested being identified with ALEC," according to Keystone Progress. "As a staunch advocate for school choice, I’m often invited to attend and speak at myriad events, locally and nationally, held by those who share my beliefs and those who vigorously oppose them. I make no apologies for my views on choice, because a broad set of educational options is among the best hopes students have to attain the skills needed to be productive and competitive in a global, 21st century society. However, I’ve never sought membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council nor have I ever been a member,” said Williams. “Lastly, ALEC does not represent my values or beliefs.”[15]
Information from Sourcewatch:

Events from Main Line Peace Action

PR Rank