In an ad in a recent union newsletter, the Beautyquest “medispa and skin care” center tells Buffalo Teachers Federation members they can “feel beauty from the inside out.”
What the ad doesn’t say -- but the teachers know very well -- is that the cosmetic treatments featured in the ad won’t cost them a cent.
For years, Buffalo taxpayers have been picking up the tab for elective cosmetic surgical procedures for school employees, due to a bizarre provision in the teachers union contract.
A recent Open Record request filed with the school district by EAGnews reveals the school district actually increased its spending on cosmetic procedures for union members in the past year, to the tune of $2,911,919 between June 2012 and May 2013.
That’s up from $2.7 million during the 2011-12 school year.
That’s right. The school district paid $2.7 million for skin peels, dental implants, tummy tucks, boob jobs and anything else union members decide they want done.
The school board has sat idly paying for this costly provision each year while its budget deficit continues to grow. It’s projected to be $51 million for the 2013-14 school year.
When EAGnews exclusively reported on the shocking misuse of taxpayer funds, Fox News host Megyn Kelly picked up the issue. Her show invited Ralph Hernandez, a school board member, on as a guest.
Hernandez, a sorry excuse for a leader if there ever was one, told Kelly the district has “reassurances from the leadership of the union that they will drop the [cosmetic] rider in its entirety the next collective bargaining agreement.”
But the Buffalo union has not had a new CBA for years. It’s been living off the fat of an old contract and has shown no willingness to negotiate a new pact.
Hernandez told Kelly “most of us would like to see that money in the classroom;” yet he, nor any of the other board members, have done anything to make that happen.
Instead, they sit by, watching precious resources diverted for totally unnecessary purposes and wonder why Buffalo schools are among the worst in the nation.
The district’s graduation rate actually went down in 2012 to 47 percent. One high school actually boasted a 24 percent rate.
Kyle is founder of Education Action Group and EAGnews.org, a news service dedicated to education reform and school spending research, reporting, analysis and commentary.
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