Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Pennsylvania's teachers working for free after Governor lowers the corporate tax rate

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) has found himself in a PR nightmare.

$900 million in cuts to the education budget (alongside a reduction in corporate taxes) are hitting the state's poorest districts (i.e. inner-city neighbourhoods) the hardest. Basically, the schools are unable to pay teacher salaries, meaning that the most vulnerable populations are at risk of losing its access to education. 

So the teachers decided to work for free, arguing that the 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 Schollmath 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."
 More on Gov. Corbett's lowering of corporate taxes,  here.

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