Nip, tuck for teachers on your dime?
Tax-funded plastic surgery
- Duration 3:55
- Date Mar 6, 2012
Tax-funded plastic surgery
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Members of the teacher's union in Buffalo, New York are eligible for free.
-- his -- -- liposuction and all sorts of plastic surgery under their cushy union health plan.
The cosmetic writer it's it's called and guess who's paying port.
-- right now with more is Kyle Olson he is the founder of education.
-- action group and the producer of a tale of 2 missions -- morning Kyle.
Okay so this cosmetic -- up there buffalo cost taxpayers.
Six million dollars.
You would think that they would then be flush with -- -- in that particular school district.
Not sell right now they're operating at 842.
Million dollar deficit and nonetheless.
Teachers get -- -- what bugged you about this.
Well -- another number to throw out is that the graduation rate in buffalo public schools is under 50%.
And so here you've got a district as you said 42 million dollar deficit.
But last year alone they spent five point nine million dollars on these types of surgeries which equals 17100 dollars per teacher.
And so what I think people need to understand.
Is that buffalo the buffalo teachers union has had in expired contract for six years so they've been going back and forth and in negotiations for six years.
But what they have it's called -- an evergreen clause which basically states.
That if if the contract expires those terms remain in effect so the -- the -- -- continue with these types of programs continue.
Until they -- -- terms so there is zero incentive for the union to reach new terms if it thinks it's going to lose.
It's so while the school board might go to the teacher's union there you know -- good teachers and said.
Look 42 million dollars in the red this year we get we're gonna are gonna read do.
The work rules and whatnot the teachers just don't know you know what were getting automatic pay increases and we don't want to get rid of our nose job.
Proviso that we've had for decades.
And we should point out as well Kyle I and -- and understand that apparently the police and fire up there get the same deal but they're not in the.
Same financial straits.
That's right it's been so it's outrageous and so here we hear from for politicians in union leaders say -- we're not.
We're not paying enough for not spending enough and education.
And we need to invest more in education and so I would just encourage everyone to think about this example and others that we talk about each week.
As sweet as weak because the these that was -- comes to us and says we need to pay more we need to invest more it's actually outrageous.
It is outrageous and I think that this statistic that I had not heard that you started your segment with.
Was really jaw dropping while the extended six million dollars to get this cosmetic writer -- 42 million dollars in debt and yet.
Less than half of the kids.
Graduate in buffalo.
That's just a shame.
That's right and -- you never hear about those types of those types of concerns.
When they're negotiating a contract -- -- what you hear in the news is precisely what we're talking about should the teachers have plastic surgery or not and should taxpayers pay for that.
What we're not talking about and certainly what we're not hearing from the teachers union.
It's how do we improve student performance how -- -- a boost graduation rates -- we hold the adults accountable.
I'm in those sorts of things that's with a focus should be well what -- they got in their last deal they are entitled to obviously.
But when you you don't.
When they just do delay of game.
So they don't have to give up the sweet deal and do a new deal that is happening but that's what we talk about every week with Kyle -- the founder of education action group.
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