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October 02. 2013 11:53PM
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No teacher strikes

with these changes

The current teacher strikes are beyond realistic. I’ve read that the teachers union calls the school boards’ efforts to compromise “not in good faith,” and I have to question how they come to that conclusion.

Home-owning taxpayers are stretched to the max and overtaxed as it stands now, and to demand any more sacrifice from the tax base is not only absurd, it borders on obscene! Rather than complaining about the current over-taxation and the unions unwillingness to realize the situation of the taxpayers, I would like to offer realistic solutions.

The sticking points that cause these strikes are always the same. The union demands pay increases as well as taxpayer-funded medical coverage. The solution is compromise. Teachers either get a pay increase and pay for their own medical coverage, or take a pay cut and keep their taxpayer-funded medical coverage.

Legislate an end to teacher strikes altogether. If you choose to be a “public servant,” serve the public or find employment in the private sector and negotiate your terms for employment for yourself. Simple.

Poorly performing public schools should have their taxpayer funding reduced and a portion of those reduced funds should be directed to charter schools that are performing well while reducing the tax burden on the tax payers of the poorly performing schools.

Public school teachers must be paid according to performance rather than tenure. How can the taxpayer be guaranteed the best performance for their hard-earned taxpayer dollars if tenure protects lackluster performance?

Last, but certainly not least, our lawmakers must shift the public school funding burden from the existing school property tax to an increase in state sales tax. Our state lawmakers are then forced to make our state business-friendly in order to keep school funding adequate. In turn, more jobs will be the result along with an improved state economy.

Home seizures are increasing drastically and the American dream of home ownership is being robbed by extortion through forced taxation. Many Pennsylvanians have no children in public schools and that equals taxation without representation. Fairness in public education demands that the current form of taxation be revamped, and now!

Lonny Walsh


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