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Ending Free Pension Giveaway Would Save Cleveland Schools $35 Million

RMcGadden Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 7:58 PM
Not buying it. I watched 2 years ago as the teachers union in my city colluded with a lame-duck school board to force a 6 year contract down the throats of the taxpayers, against 70% community opposition. In the process, when the union rep was shown the figures proving it would bankrupt the system, he just shrugged. A year later, it forced the closing of a high school, which caused such an uproar. the school district had 1200 students move away, or pay to enroll in surrounding systems. teachers unions are the bane of public education.

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.