At Councilwoman Marianne Sussman's District 6 Neighborhood Association meeting, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak showed up to flack for the school budget once again. He was asked a number of questions to which he responded with his usual patter phony compliments, of mangled statistics and more than a few whoppers to which we could only say "Really, Richard?"
Why does the school tax keep going up?
The City levees the tax, we're not the ones who set the tax rate.
Really, Richard? Really? And who determines the size of the tax levee, the tooth fairy? The school district sets the levee.
Why not freeze teachers salaries?
In the current contract the teachers are already taking "zero".
Come on, Richard? Really? Then why are teachers getting a 2% pay increase each year and two thirds getting very large step increases of 5-10%?
Why not cut salaries? Or at least keep them at zero?
The savings are minimal in a "zero increase" contract.
Really? Aren't salaries and benefits for staff about 70% of the budget?