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Why Does Buffalo Pay for Its Teachers to Have Plastic Surgery?
the Atlantic ^ | January 18, 2012 | Jordan Weissman

Posted on 01/18/2012 5:03:36 PM PST by BfloGuy

In Buffalo, New York, the heart of the American rust-belt, the public school system pays for its teachers to get plastic surgery. Hair removal. Miscrodermabrasian. Liposuction. If you can name the procedure, it's probably covered.

No, I am not exaggerating. And no, this article is not an excuse to make "Hot For Teacher" cracks. When I write that Buffalo's school system pays, I mean it literally. The perk is included as a self-insured rider in its teachers' contract. Therefore, the district has to cover the cost of each nip and tuck itself. There's no co-pay, so the school district ends up footing the entire bill. It estimates the current annual cost at $5.2 million, down from $9 million in 2009.

This in a city where the average teacher makes roughly $52,000 a year. The plastic surgery tab would pay salaries for 100 extra educators.

If Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's legislative assault on public sector workers was a prime example of right-wing excess on the issue of organized labor, the story of Buffalo's teachers and their botox should be looked at as cautionary tale for the left. You see, nobody particularly wants to keep the plastic surgery rider. It's an embarrassing mole everybody agrees should be removed, a vestige of an earlier era that the school board would love to scrap, and that the teacher's union has said it's willing to give up. But because of New York's broken collective bargaining system for government employees, it's survived, ugly and in tact.

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Buffalo ain't Detroit -- but it's trying.
1 posted on 01/18/2012 5:03:44 PM PST by BfloGuy
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To: BfloGuy

For the same reason, Pittsburgh Public Schools pay elementary music teachers +$80,000 for 9 months of employment.


2 posted on 01/18/2012 5:06:05 PM PST by vortigern
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To: BfloGuy

Perhaps their teachers are uglier than anywhere else? Give them a break.

We’re paying for all kinds of nonsense worldwide anyway.


3 posted on 01/18/2012 5:09:25 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: metmom; wintertime

Upstate New York, public education, and wasting vast sums of money. This one is made to order for you, Metmom.

PING AWAY!!!!!!!!


4 posted on 01/18/2012 5:11:13 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: BfloGuy

Same reason San Francisco covers transgender surgery for their municipal union workers.Whether you are gay or ugly. the union has a taxpayer cure all for your problem


5 posted on 01/18/2012 5:12:04 PM PST by chuckee
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To: vortigern

That is starting pay for some in California.


6 posted on 01/18/2012 5:16:44 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: BfloGuy

In Wisconsin, the teacher’s union arranged to have the taxpayers buy health insurance for the teachers from an insurance company owned by the union.

At $25,000 per year per employee.

About a year ago, that particular scam ended, and now teacher health insurance is put up for competitive bid.

The company owned by the teacher’s union offered to cut the premiums by about 50% in order to keep the contract.


7 posted on 01/18/2012 5:18:52 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: BfloGuy

Because the voters do not have the courage to make a change. They bought off on this crap that teachers are poor victims chained to their desks for 181 days a year...
They have to rehab after plastic surgery during their summer 3 month vacation. Perhaps their union should fight for them to rehab during school and just hire subs...


8 posted on 01/18/2012 5:31:01 PM PST by JohnD9207 (John McCain is a proud Ted Kennedy conservative!)
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To: Clintonfatigued; neverdem; The Mayor; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; Aggie Mama; ...

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The corruption in Erie County and City of Buffalo politics is legendary. Buffalo has so much potential and it's been ruined by decades of incompetence.

9 posted on 01/18/2012 5:31:28 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: BfloGuy
Why Does Buffalo Pay for Its Teachers to Have Plastic Surgery?

Because they can.

10 posted on 01/18/2012 5:36:20 PM PST by TonyInOhio ( Capabilities, not Intentions)
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To: BfloGuy

Those old hag cougars need to sex it up for the young boys they’re after. With cheerleaders hanging around, the competition is tough. Sheesh. Come on. /s


11 posted on 01/18/2012 6:01:54 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: BfloGuy



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12 posted on 01/18/2012 6:03:13 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: BfloGuy
I think their is an old joke in here from "Slapshot" about Hockey Players and .... Oh nevermind... :-) ...
13 posted on 01/18/2012 6:18:28 PM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: BfloGuy; The Mayor

Just one more reason I left the Lesser State of NY...


14 posted on 01/18/2012 6:28:06 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: BfloGuy

Failure never looked so good.


15 posted on 01/18/2012 6:59:18 PM PST by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: BfloGuy

Plastic surgery for teachers...see Para 2 section 34 item 363 of the union contract.


16 posted on 01/18/2012 7:21:32 PM PST by mosesdapoet (Moses ..A nick name I received as a kid for warning another -It's a sin to tell a lie")
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To: BfloGuy; NYTexan; metmom

So many have said it, because they can. We are stuck on stupid here.


17 posted on 01/18/2012 7:33:16 PM PST by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: vortigern

A neighboring town paid more than that for a kindergarten teacher; she was about 45 years old (imagine what that tab will be when she’s 65), and kindergarten isn’t even required by the state of NJ. Nobody can understand Governor Christie without first looking at the environment in which he was elected. The Asbury Park Press released salaries of NJ public school teachers, and they’ve lost the hearts & minds of the voters. All this nonsense about “underpaid teachers” (progagated by their party’s media) are ridiculous; they are the upper middle class in NJ.

The taxes they inflict have driven many Americans, and the companies they work for, out of the state; soon the gubmint workers will have illegal aliens and the permanent underclass as their only clientele.

Buffalo is a lot like Newark, NJ - much of the morning “rush hour” is school buses.


18 posted on 01/18/2012 9:10:50 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: BfloGuy
This in a city where the average teacher makes roughly $52,000 a year. The plastic surgery tab would pay salaries for 100 extra educators. 

Holy (bleep)!

19 posted on 01/19/2012 4:05:52 AM PST by mewzilla (I'll vote for the first guy who promises to mail in his SOTU addresses.)
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To: mewzilla

BTTT.


20 posted on 01/19/2012 5:45:16 AM PST by mewzilla (I'll vote for the first guy who promises to mail in his SOTU addresses.)
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To: kearnyirish2

Since teachers are public employees it’s only fair that their salaries and benefits should be a matter of the public record. That would lose the hearts and minds of many more voters who still retain the image of the ‘underpaid’ teacher.


21 posted on 01/19/2012 8:57:03 AM PST by vortigern
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To: vortigern

There was no legal issue when the data was released; it WAS public record.

They’ve faced an uphill battle ever since (and that was before Christie showed up).


22 posted on 01/19/2012 2:55:05 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: vortigern

Here’s the Asbury Park Press link:

http://php.app.com/edstaff/search.php


23 posted on 01/19/2012 3:19:06 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: vortigern

Here’s the Asbury Park Press link:

http://php.app.com/edstaff/search.php


24 posted on 01/19/2012 3:19:06 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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