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Ending Free Pension Giveaway Would Save Cleveland Schools $35 Million

imthumbudy Wrote: Aug 18, 2012 9:19 PM
I know at least 30 teachers well. Nearly all of them advocate year-round schooling. They are thankful for holidays because they can catch up on the mounds of paperwork that can't be done during instructional time. I don't hear them complaining "all year." I see hard-working, dedicated people who do care about the kids despite fears for personal safety on a daily basis, being held accountable for things clearly outside their spheres of influence, and having to defend their profession to folks who haven't a clue about its inner workings. I used to sound just like you before I stepped into the trenches of urban education. Real world experience would quiet the glittering generalities made by misinformed people like yourself

For a school district facing possible bankruptcy, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District was very generous with its employees during the 2010-11 school year.

For example, taxpayers may be surprised to learn they paid the pension contributions for the district and the teachers during 2010-11. So instead of just paying the district’s $49 million contribution to the State Teachers Retirement System, taxpayers took care of the teachers’ $35 million contribution, too.

Of course, taxpayers didn’t really have a choice in the matter. That agreement had already been written into the district’s collective bargaining agreement with the Cleveland Teachers Union.