Sunday, April 17, 2011

April 17th - RNs/ Budget Cuts

RNs oppose end of mandate for certified school nurses
Sunday, April 17, 2011
By Steve Twedt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
On Wednesday, Juanita Hogan, a veteran nurse with Pittsburgh Public Schools, had eight students waiting in her first-floor office at Allegheny Traditional Academy on the North Side when a student rushed in to say a sixth-grader on the fourth floor was having a severe asthma attack.  Citing the complexity and unpredictability of daily school life, Ms. Hogan and other school nurses are alarmed by legislation, passed by the Senate Education Committee, that would drop the special training and certification requirements for working as a school nurse.

Council Rock teachers, administrators offer budget cuts
Posted on Fri, Apr. 15, 2011
By Adrienne Lu, Philadelphia Inquirer
Teachers and administrators at the Council Rock School District have offered proposals they believe would save the district $1.1 million to help close a $14.2 million budget gap.   The proposals have yet to be ratified by both the school board and union membership.

Abington board, teachers agree on wage freeze
By Dan Hardy, Philadelphia Inquirer, Posted April 13th, 2011
The Abington School District has become the second in the Philadelphia area to negotiate a wage freeze for teachers in the coming school year.

Easton school cuts 'devastating'
Still, official warns, school board would ax all athletics and extracurricular activities if necessary.
By Samantha Marcus, OF THE MORNING CALL
April 15, 2011
Until Wednesday, the severity of cuts in the Easton Area School District was an abstraction. But now that they have been put on paper, they amount to a political nightmare for the school board and a bombshell to education in Easton.
The $15 million in cuts would eliminate all athletics and extra-curricular activities, close the four-year-old Easton Area Academy and probably shutter the public library. More than 20 percent of the teachers, or 160, would lose their jobs, class sizes would spike and educational offerings would shrink down to their bare bones.

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