Dr. Arlene Ackerman stepped down from her position as Superintendent of Philadelphia Public Schools. She is being paid $905,000 to leave. That’s just $95,000 shy of 1 million dollars. The School Reform Commission is paying $500,000 and anonymous private donors raised the remaining $405,000.
According to the Philadelphia Teaching Fellows website (http://www.philadelphiateachingfellows.org/salary_and_benefits.php) new teachers with a bachelor’s degree make $44,039 and new teachers with master’s degrees make $45,334. The donated $405,000 could have funded 9 teachers with bachelor’s degrees or 8 teachers with master’s degrees. 20 teachers with bachelor’s degrees or 19 teachers with master’s degrees could have been paid with the $905,000.
At the beginning of this summer the school district laid off more than 1500 teachers. Where was this generosity then? If you have that kind of money why not use to fund keeping teachers in their jobs?
NOTE TO SELF: News before bed leads to weird dreams. Sunday (into Monday) night’s dream, I was watching the Running of the Crabs on TV, which was taking place in Libya.
*beats head on desk* I’m not opposed to controversial books and I certainly think the teenagers see incredibly racy things on normal broadcast TV let alone cable, but this from the superintendent, “We just missed some of the wording.” They are now going to use computer programs that search books for sexually explicit material. Shouldn’t they have, you know READ THE BOOKS THEY ASSIGNED? Really? Is it too much to ask for people to use common sense anymore?
I just heard the most astonishing thing. I’m about to get all kinds of politically incorrect. If you’re easily offended the time to stop reading is now.
So here I am eating my lunch, watching the Phillies game when they mention a player, Jose Contreras. He’s going to have exploratory surgery and will be out for the rest of the season. However, that’s not what is remarkable about this story. He was talking to the reporters through an interpreter. An interpreter? I thought, “Surely I heard that wrong,” so I Googled his name. As it turns out I heard it right the first time. An article written in July 2011 for Phillyburbs.com includes this sentence, “I feel good,” said Contreras, whose English has dramatically improved this year.”
Dramatically improved? His Wikipedia shows that Contreras, a Cuban defected to the United States in 2002 and played for the Yankees, White Sox and Rockies before signing with the Phillies in 2010.
*beats head on desk* This is the kind of thing that makes the right wing people look a little less nuts. OMG! The man has been in the United States since 2002, that’s 9 years and he can’t speak English well enough to talk to reporters. No. Seriously. 9 years. He’s been here 9 years. What? He hasn’t had time to buy a Rosetta Stone series or get a tutor or take an English as a Second Language class? Surely his Major League salary affords him an English tutor. ARGH!
I’ve been musing about the upcoming anniversary of 9/11. Do I want to watch what I’m sure will be wall to wall coverage and replays of that day’s events? Will I want to read the newspapers? I’m not sure I’m emotionally up to relieving that day over and over.
I stumbled upon this piece while reading The Atlantic in Barnes & Noble this evening. Reading his account made me want to write about that day and my remembrances but I’m still not sure I’m up to watching it all happen again on TV.
I’m curious what you guys are going to do. Do you think you’ll watch the news coverage or will you turn the TV rather than relive it all in live and living color?