Georgia state school board to meet to discuss teacher furloughs

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ATLANTA — The state Board of Education has called a meeting for next week to adopt measures that would pave the way for school districts to furlough teachers and other employees.

The board will meet Tuesday at 8 a.m. to consider waivers to the number of days the state requires each school district employee to work. Gov. Sonny Perdue called this week for the state's 128,000 public school teachers to take three unpaid furlough days by the end of the calendar year.

The school districts are not required to enact the furloughs, but the state is cutting the sum of those days' salaries from the districts' funding. Most of the state's 180 school districts are expected to go along with the furloughs.

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bebbe
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bebbe 07/24/09 - 08:23 am
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Okay...where is Greg Gelpi

Okay...where is Greg Gelpi and his information on the education in Richmond County. Can he find out if Dr. Bedden gave up his $15,000 bonus to help balance the budget. How much exactly did that air-conditioned tractor cost the county? How much is the BOE paying for the 3 August convocation speaker who is coming to head up the back to school seminar for all the teachers? Right there.....I would have made cuts. Bedden says he does everything for the children...ha... With the 4 days already furloughed plus the extra 3...we are now working 7 full days without pay.
POINT TO REMEMBER... Georgia is 50th in the nation. We were 50th with money and we will be 50th without any money. We have the unique position that our ranking will stay the same throughout this financial crises.

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concernednative 07/24/09 - 08:35 am
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Education is know different

Education is know different that private business. Why do you think financial institutions were going out of business laying off thousands and the top management were getting multi million dollar bonuses. I think the school system should furlough all people that don't have direct contact with the kids for a week and leave everyone else alone.

Whatthetruth
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Whatthetruth 07/24/09 - 12:02 pm
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This is the worst thing I

This is the worst thing I have ever heard. I think requiring teachers to work without pay is quite simply awful. I think if teachers are to be furloughed for 7 days they should have 7 days that they don't have to come to work, just like the Central office folks that took the week of the 4th off (to include their furlough days). Quite frankly, I expect to see teachers in the parking lots with signs saying, NO PAY, NO WORK! This district, and state is killing a precious resource for our children by under appreciating their value and telling them, SHUT UP and be glad you still have a job! This welcome back convocation is the biggest insult of all... I have never heard so many teachers speak so negatively collectively about an issue. The board is forcing them to work (now 7 days) without pay and then using valuable time to hear motivational speakers that could not possibly make them feel or think this year will be anything positive. I think they would be better served going to church collectively and praying for renewal of the respect of their profession. SHAME ON YOU, State and members of RCBOE. This would never be the case if there was truly a teacher's union.

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ironpurps 07/24/09 - 12:09 pm
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Teacher's don't have unions,

Teacher's don't have unions, per se, but have representative groups, that being PAGE and GAE. They are very active, and quite good for the small amount paid by teachers that utilize them. Most teachers do so just for legal coverage. They are actively discussing these matters in Atlanta. My concern is as someone mentioned previously-if teachers are furloughed, then why don't they actually get the days OFF? The folks on Broad Street didn't work on their furlough days, what's the difference.

Whatthetruth
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Whatthetruth 07/24/09 - 01:43 pm
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Bottom line.... The folks on

Bottom line.... The folks on Broad street make the rules... That's the difference. GAE and PAGE are only support on the state level; I hear the representative for the Richmond is not fighting for the teacher here. These type of agencies represent the administrators as well as teachers and all other employees of the system, which makes for a huge conflict of interest.

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Tots 07/24/09 - 01:56 pm
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It's not just the

It's not just the teachers.Bus drivers have to work for free.They have a union.What good did it do them? Is the union going to fight this? Is the union going to fight and show it should be illegal to make you work for free.How can they do this? Yet allow Bedden to keep all his bonuses.

Tots
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Tots 07/24/09 - 02:12 pm
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Ironpurps@12:09-I agree with

Ironpurps@12:09-I agree with the part about if your furloughed, You should get those days off without pay.Dont wont to work for free.

Tots
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Tots 07/24/09 - 02:36 pm
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Maybe they should charge all

Maybe they should charge all students a fee for their education if the parents dont pay property and school taxes.Have them show paid taxes for the year before.Renters and new homeowners without paper work should have to pay a $25.00 or more fee to register each child.Grandparents and foster parents same thing.If they dont pay taxes no free bus rides.No free lunches untill the fee is paid.

Tots
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Tots 07/24/09 - 02:48 pm
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How much did it cost for all

How much did it cost for all those new vehicles? The ones for public safety & the people working in administration.Did the public safety officers get their pay cut? Do they have to work for free?

Tots
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Tots 07/24/09 - 02:56 pm
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Bring back drivers education

Bring back drivers education at the school. Charge a fee that is much less than the local companys. Maybe $250.00. No money.No class.You could help alot of parents.You could save alot of lives.

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corgimom 07/24/09 - 05:06 pm
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The difference between

The difference between teachers and other employees is that they sign contracts that are legally binding. I guess the legally binding part is only on the part of the teachers.

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