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Sunday, May 24, 2015
14 percent of teachers at risk
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Alyson Goodman
99 layoff notices went out to Baldwin teachers — though some may be rehired.

While Greer called the potential layoffs of 99 teachers “devastating,” and said that he and his members were “in shock,” he added that preparing for the worst case was the best way to handle a bad situation.

“The reasoning behind this ‘worst case’ excising was to ensure that all of the teachers in danger would have ample notice and the opportunity to get their affairs in order,” he said. “What makes this even more difficult is the fact that my teachers have already accepted two years of pay freezes to help reduce the tax burden placed on our community. The truth is, Governor Cuomo’s tax cap law is decimating the educational system on Long Island. In my opinion, the long-term effect of the tax cap on Long Island will be depressed housing prices, which will make Long Island an undesirable place to live. We are also at a serious disadvantage here on Long Island because we educate almost 18 percent of the students in the state, but we only receive approximately 12 percent back in state aid. If Long Island received its fair share of state aid, we wouldn’t be in such a perilous situation now.”

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dcehlk

Kudos to the BTA for fighting the good fight. That said, getting two additional months to look for work isn't much of a blessing--with just about every district in the area and, indeed, across the country, making cuts (though few of this magnitude), the chances of finding a job elsewhere for many of those 'excessed' are slim, indeed. For more than a few dedicated teachers, this will be a career-ender, no matter which budget gets passed. At the same time, the taxpayers of Baldwin are being asked to carry a heavier tax burden each year--with education cuts often still the end result. Something broader is amiss here, and some of the blame undoubtedly goes to the Cuomo administration and its horrific statewide cuts to education, and perhaps poor spending decisions at the local level in past years. Whatever the case, up to 99 teachers, and their families, will be left facing potentially long-term unemployment. Serious consideration needs to be given to larger-scale reforms in this district and others, including possibly slashing what is a very top-heavy administrative salaries. Six-figure salaries are all too common in Long Island education, particularly at the administrative level. Rather than spending that money on cutting those who toil in the trenches day after day, how about targeting the excessive salaries of those who make it their business to micromanage these same educators?

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pworam

dcehlk - I couldn't have said it better myself. The current administration has a lot of gall. These 99 pink slips do nothing more than cynically pass the onus of these layoffs to the over-stretched taxpayer. There has to be a better solution, and it shows a deplorable lack of imagination that school administrators keep gouging the class room to preserve fat back offices and avoid the inevitable necessity of consolidating services.

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