Rochester, NY school administrators take 33 days off per year, despite dismal student proficiency

By Steve Gunn on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

ROCHESTER, N.Y.  – The Rochester school district’s sick day and vacation policy for administrators appears to be a bit problematic. The district takes it on the chin when principals, vice principals, department heads and other administrators are absent, which happens quite frequently. The district also takes it on the chin when they come to work, […]

RACINE: School administrators took average of 28.9 days off, paid $280,893 for unused days

By Steve Gunn on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

RACINE, Wis. – Public schools traditionally pay big dollars for expensive perks given to teachers, based on the terms of union contracts. In Wisconsin, that’s not as much of an issue any more, due to Act 10 of 2011, which curbed public union collective bargaining rights. But some Wisconsin school districts are still paying big […]

Detroit teachers union president gets 31% pay increase while members take big cuts

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Friday, May 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized, Unions 3 Comments

DETROIT – While teachers at Michigan’s largest school district were living under a wage freeze, and more recently hearing rumors of possible payless paydays, one school employee who is also president of the local teachers union got a huge raise. That district is the insolvent and academically challenged Detroit Public Schools, and the union president is Ivy […]

‘Diversity’ speaker contracts reveal lifestyles of rich and famous ‘social justice warriors’

By Steve Gunn on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 in Spending 7 Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With racial tensions boiling over in some sectors of society, transgender issues provoking debate, and progressive academics pushing radical concepts like “white privilege,” universities have been investing more money in departments and programs addressing racial and cultural diversity. At some schools, like Ohio State University, it’s a great deal of money. The […]

VIDEO: Anti-Christian group demands end to parent-led ‘Jesus Lunches’

By Media Trackers on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 in Uncategorized 8 Comments

MIDDLETON, Wis. – Annie Laurie Gaylor is on a mission: Stop local moms in Middleton, Wisconsin from organizing a weekly free lunch for students – including their own kids – because Jesus gets a mention. Gaylor is a leader at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Madison based non-profit that agitates around the country to […]

‘Trump 2016’ chalkings scare UW-LaCrosse ‘hate response team’

By Media Trackers on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized 18 Comments

LA CROSSE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse’s Hate Response Team is responding to several reported incidents of Trump 2016 chalkings. Yes, you read that right. No, this is not The Onion. On April 4, 2016, Donald Trump held a rally at the LaCrosse Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin; the following day was […]

HATE PAYS: Prof calls Republicans ‘dying white people,’ receives raise

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

EAST LANSING, Mich. – In fall 2013, Michigan State University Professor William Penn berated students with an anti-Republican classroom rant captured on video. Penn said Republicans were old people with “dead skin cells washing off them” who raped the U.S. to get “everything out of it they possibly could.” He also told students if they […]

Chicago teachers highest paid among nation’s 50 largest school districts

By Illinois Policy Institute on Friday, April 1st, 2016 in Spending 2 Comments

CHICAGO –The Chicago Teachers Union, or CTU, on Feb. 1 rejected Chicago Public Schools’, or CPS’, contract offer, which would have provided salary increases for teachers but required that they contribute fully to their pensions. Given CTU’s rejection of the contract – and the vitriol that CTU officials directed at CPS after the district’s Feb. […]

Teacher plaintiff worries Scalia death may impact Supreme Court union dues decision

By UnionWatch on Friday, March 25th, 2016 in Unions 5 Comments

Rebecca Friedrichs, a third-grade teacher in the Savanna School District, which serves portions of northwest Orange County, is the lead plaintiff in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a lawsuit brought by several teachers that challenged the hegemonic power of their union to collect fees from non-union members. The challenge, made on First Amendment grounds, could […]

Philly school union members have 1.18 million paid days off banked!

By Steve Gunn on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 in Spending 1 Comment

PHILADELPHIA – The taxpayers of Philadelphia might be interested in knowing that they are on the hook for about $300 million to pay teachers and school administrators for days they did not work. That’s right. The Philadelphia school district, like many other districts across the nation, have attendance polices for teachers and administrators that provide […]

Pittsburgh administrators rake in big pay, despite below-average student performance

By Steve Gunn on Friday, March 18th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

PITTSBURGH – It seems the Pittsburgh school district has a long-term problem with debt. While many districts around the nation have recovered financially since the Great Recession, Pittsburgh seems plagued with constant budget deficits. In January 2014, for example, the district had an “operating deficit” of about $14 million, after raising property taxes by two […]

Prince George, MD schools get more money, spend big on hotels, restaurants

By Steve Gunn on Monday, March 14th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – In December 2014, the Prince George’s Public School District in Maryland imposed a district-wide “selective” hiring freeze, and announced that all departments would be asked to limit discretionary spending, to deal with anticipated budget problems, according to the Washington Post. This occurred as school district Chief Kevin Mitchell requested an increase […]

Newburgh, NY schools cut teachers while administrators rake in big bucks

By Steve Gunn on Monday, March 14th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – Almost a year ago, teachers in the Newburgh, New York school district were angered over an administrative proposal to eliminate 17 teaching assistant positions. Superintendent Roberto Padilla recommended the cuts so the district would have enough money to hire five new kindergarten teachers and decrease class sizes, according to “If we’re […]

Brentwood, NY schools pay big salaries, but only 14% of 3rd graders proficient in English

By Steve Gunn on Monday, February 29th, 2016 in Spending 3 Comments

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. – Here’s an interesting comparison. The Dallas, Texas school district has about 160,000 students and had 211 employees earn at least $100,000 in straight salary in 2014-15. The Seattle, Washington school district has about 50,000 students and had 275 employees reach six figures that year. The San Francisco school district has about 57,000 […]