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Philadelphia high school teacher Daniel Ueda doesn't just teach in the classroom during the school day, he oversees an award-winning student robotics team. Here's what he faces thanks to the massive education cuts hitting Philadelphia:
  • I am being asked to take a 13% pay cut.
  • All funding for robotics programs including teachers’ salaries have been cut.
  • The district is seeking the power to move teachers from school to school.
  • I am being asked to work a longer work day.
  • We have been left with 1 nurse for 2500 students.
  • All guidance counselors have been laid off, eliminating opportunities for scholarships and making the college application process virtually impossible for my students.
  • I am being asked to switch from Physics to Math, take an additional class, and teach at least three different kinds of classes, all in violation of the current contract and all due to layoffs and budget constraints.
  • I am being asked to sacrifice my preparation periods for school operations.
  • Schools may not open on Sept. 9th.
  • Partial or full union strikes are looming.
And more:

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Philly Kos and DKos Pennsylvania.

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