But let's turn this thread about an important topic into a snit fit between you and me. Let's.
Or you're just wrong.
You're whole logic is off. These Charter operators know where the money is coming from so it's in their best interest to keep that stream as large as possible. They are likely to spend money to send kids to Harrisburg than to ignore it.
Universal is receiving ~$4 million over three years from the federal government for its Renaissance programs at Bluford (visited by Romney) and Daroff: http://www.edweek.org/media/22charter-c1n.pdf
It had expected to receive millions from the federal government for Audenried and Vare as part of the Promise Neighborhood Initiative but it didn't: Universal Companies loses out on grant for Promise Neighborhood implementation | Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Universal's contract requires that it provide all promised programs and services at Audenried and Vare whether it received the grant or not. It wasn't clear how the company was going to do that without the government money it was banking on and now we know.
$1.8 million: District price tag at Audenried and Vare this year | Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Universal will pay nothing to operate in Audenried and Vare for the 2011-12 school year. Next year, Universal will continue to receive the same services and pay a total of $500,000 to operate in the two buildings - $300,000 for Audenried and $200,000 for Vare - with the District picking up the balance. The balance of the cost assumed by the District next year is again expected to easily exceed $1 million.
Just the visual representation of the aneurysm I had. And here's another:
270 more layoff notices to go out this week | Philadelphia Public School Notebook
So much for the "firewall" the SDP supposedly built around the schools. What did they make it out of, newspaper?PFT president Jerry Jordan said Tuesday that 270 of his members are receiving layoff notices, including 39 counselors, 85 people in the category covering parent ombudsmen and student advisers, 22 non-teaching assistants, and 97 supportive services assistants.
Other categories hit include secretaries, school operations officers, full-time class assistants, and six vocational teachers -- two in home economics and three in industrial arts, he said
Ramos politically bungles amendment to "distressed school district" bill to shore up the district's ability to demand give backs on pension costs without renogiating contract.
SRC push for more power over unions riles legislators
The politics of the story is fascinating. It appears the SRC assumed they had more power under the original terms of the state takeover to force pension changes than a more careful look at the fine print waranted. Which throws their budget projections out of whack. So Pedro Ramos attempts to get an amendment in shoring up their ability to force pension give backs on the DL and gets caught up by Philly state reps for not working with them. Meaning it gets shot down and yet more school closings and layoffs to make up for savings they won't get on pensions in all likelihood.
But State Rep. Jim Roebuck proved why his position on the education committee is so important to both the PFT and its ideological enemies in the voucher movement.
Ramos' revelation about the amendment especially rankled State Rep. James Roebuck (D., Phila.), the normally genteel Democratic chair of the Education Committee.
"Chairman Roebuck lost his temper," O'Brien said. "The even-tempered, unflappable Ph.D. from the University of Virginia became [incensed]. No one had ever seen that before."
Roebuck told Ramos: "This will never make it out of my committee," according to O'Brien, and the rest of the delegation promised it would never get a floor vote.
Roebuck agreed that the meeting was "contentious" and said the SRC's actions were "disingenuous at best."
"I think it makes us cautious as to whether or not we have a trustworthy relationship with the SRC," Roebuck said.So is Roebuck right? Is there anymore money to be squeezed from the governor or is it simply a lost cause and is he in fact demanding the SRC lay off more teachers to protect the pensions of the few who remain because thats how Jerry Jordan would rather play it?As O'Brien recalled, Ramos told them he was an appointee of Gov. Corbett and could not act without consulting him. To which Roebuck replied: "Go back to the governor and get the money to fix this." And then the meeting broke up.