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Ending Free Pension Giveaway Would Save Cleveland Schools $35 Million

Obamarama Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 7:25 AM
But but it's about the kids!
Doug4749 Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 11:39 AM
In California, because the budget is such a mess, to save money, the teachers are required to take 'furlough' days. That is, stay home and we're not going to pay you for the time off. Ten or twelve furlough days a year saves the State a significant amount of money, but it's a considerable drain on the teachers' finances, and there isn't anyone who could argue '...it's for the kids...' because they get that many less days in school. (Yes, I am aware your remark was sarcasm.) So, in a feeble attempt to bring the entitlement-ridden budget under control, the teachers AND the students suffer. Good call Moonbeam!

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.

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