Neshaminy School District teachers say they are ready to come off the picket line but there are some strings attached. They want around the clock negotiations for a week and binding arbitration if those talks fail. School District officials are viewing the union offer as a formal request for binding arbitration and say the teachers should return to work while the school board considers the proposal. But the union doesn't see it that way and isn't likely to call off the strike in time for students to be back in the classroom on Tuesday. Negotiations have dragged on for almost four years.
Vice President Joe Biden was at Central Bucks High School on Friday. He told students the Obama administration is doing what it can to help them afford college. Biden said funding for Pell Grants has been increased and the president is working with college administrators to lower their costs. Biden was accompanied by U-S Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller.
Forty-one budget cut proposals are on the table in the North Penn School District. Superintendent Curt Dietrich put them before the school board Tuesday night to kick off discussions on how best to reduce the budget for the next school year by at least $2,800,000 and hold the line on the property tax increase at 2.9%. The proposed cuts target student activities including sports programs as well as the rennovation project at Inglewood Elementary School. There is also a proposal to cut the number of teaching positions by having more teachers at the middle and high school levels teach six periods each day. The school board at its Januray 19th business meeting will vote on applying for exceptions that would allow it to raise taxes above the 1.7% Act One state index. If it decides to pass on the exceptions, the budget cuts needed will total about $4,500,00 instead of the $2,800,00 currently under discussion.