The Baltimore City Public School (BCPS) system is screwing the
teachers and the tax payers again. First, some background.
The Maryland state assembly was going to cut millions of dollars from
the education budget for the state. Because BCPS, and Prince Georges
County, gets money directly from the state as a result of a settlement
of a lawsuit, known as Thorton, the BCPS faced "drastic cuts." City
and county legislators protested the cuts and parents got involved to
restore the money cut from the budget. They were successful in the
effort. Also, historically, BCPS is administration heavy and, in fact,
has the highest ratio of administrative costs to education costs in
School head Alonso, who stinks in my opinion, previously said BCPS has
to decrease its costs, and asked for a SECOND round of incentives for
experienced teachers to retire:
On the heels of 330 teachers' accepting early retirement packages from
the city school system, officials will propose a similar deal for 500
of its most experienced instructional support staff.
According to an early retirement incentive plan scheduled to be
presented at the city school board meeting Tuesday night, the school
system will look to trim its pool of paraprofessionals who have more
than 10 years' experience by offering them 50 percent of their base
salary for a year and a sick-leave payout to be put into a school
According to the proposal, 10 job titles are eligible,
including paraeducators in ESOL, pre-kindergarten and
special education. Those eligible will have to decide
by June 16 whether or not to take the deal. At least 100, but not more
than 500, paraeducators would have participate for it to be offered.
So, let's get this clear, the BCPS system has had two rounds of
incentives to get the most experienced teachers, meaning most
expensive teachers, to quit to save money. After this, the putz Alonso
does this: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-school-management-positions-20110511,0,5337862.story
Even as city schools are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars for
staff and programs, schools CEO Andrés Alonso has proposed hiring 14
new executives and a deputy CEO at six-figure salaries as part of his
central office reorganization.
Alonso informed the city school board this week that the system wants
to hire the directors at salaries of $125,000, for a total
cost of $1.75 million, to strengthen management and support
school leaders. Alonso has also budgeted a $175,000-a-year deputy CEO
position that has been vacant for the past two years.
Alonso, the putz, wants to get teachers to retire early to save money
so that he can increase the BCPS administration staff, which is
already top heavy and the most top heavy in the state, DESPITE the
BCPS system being the worst performing school system in the state of
If politicians who worked to get BCPS system funds restored didn't
know about Alonso's plans, they should feel like suckers. The parents
DEFINITELY should feel like suckers, AGAIN, as they got it without
benefit of Astroglide.
I repeat: the BCPS system needs to be blown the hell up.