On another post Anonymous wrote:
"PPS is setting the stage to put forth a referendum to raise taxes in November.
City residents are already saddled with a dysfunctional board of 'puppets' and a Madoff-like central office. It would be suicidal to pass this referendum when the current board and PPS central staff have a poor track record. Their actions speak louder than their words.
Dr. Lane's proposal of 10% cut in central office is not sufficient. Top management has significantly grown since Roosevelt while school staff has been cut drastically.
Dr. Lane needs to show that she is capable of reeling in the spending, directing the funds where it impacts the students the most, and is willing to rethink the direction of the District. If she is not willing to drop expensive iniatives and programs that do not work or have a direct impact on the students, then the District does not deserve our vote of confidence in passing the referendum.
Has Dr. Lane walked the neighbors recently? Has she not noticed all of the abandoned homes and houses that have been on the market for years?
If the City needs money, then repeal UPMC tax exemption status. They are the major land owners and the biggest employer in the City.
If the City needs money, then the District needs to appeal to the middle class families fleeing in droves with well thought out, proven initatives."