Aug 30, 2017
A Small Break For Allentown School Taxpayers
Although, the Allentown School Taxes went up this year, one expense has gone down; Starting this year the teacher's union will pay their boss's salary, instead of the school district. This change is one result of a lawsuit filed by Scott Armstrong and Steven Ramos.
The Armstrong/Ramos suit also seeks back salary paid to the union leader, Debbie Tretter, since 2009. Tretter is an Allentown teacher, but is relieved of teaching duties to serve full time in her union position. This practice is known as ghost teaching, and is widespread throughout Pennsylvania.
Armstrong and Ramos, who often comment here, are tenacious advocates for their beliefs. Armstrong would now like Allentown voters to realize that Ray O'Connell was a supporter of the arrangement, which paid Tretter with their tax money.
ADDENDUM: WEDNESDAY 11:00AM. My statement above about O'Connell supporting the arrangement was a paraphrase from an Armstrong comment yesterday on Facebook. O'Connell just contacted me to say that he never had any involvement in the negotiations that permitted that arrangement. I had messaged O'Connell's Facebook campaign page seeking comment yesterday, but he apparently did not see the message.
This blogger attended Jefferson Elementary, shown above, starting in the 3rd grade. At that time, Lehigh Parkway only went through 2nd grade, and we were then bused to Jefferson.