Friday, July 31, 2015

The Worst Laid Plans

The Philly school district must have the worst planners on the planet. It, yet again, has misjudged its money.

The Worst Laid Plans


(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yo, boss, see that new bad number the school district's come up with?

BE: I saw the item about another $35 million hole.

JB: You know that's on top of the alleged $629 million hole, right?

BE: How can a hole be on top of a hole?

JB: Hey, it's the Philly school district. It's new physics.

BE: Hope they know more about physics than they seem to know about math.

JB: And politics. And governing. And common sense. That new hole is blamed on the state.

BE: Because?

JB: Because the district was "counting" on $57 million from the Legislature in reimbursement payments for its charter schools. That's why Nutter went to the Capitol earlier this month. To talk up that money.

BE: Wait. Didn't you write about that at the time? Didn't you say there was no way?

JB: I did. And I did. And the headline said "Nutter Gets a Capital N-O at the Capitol." Here's the piece.

BE: And that piece also mentioned the amount of credibility the district has in Harrisburg.

JB: Which is next to nil. Which is why it's strange that the district money-counters would count on this money or pretty much anything from the Legislature or act even remotely surprised or put out when it doesn't come.

BE: Makes you wonder what else they count on that exists only in their minds.

JB: I don't know. Success? Fiscal responsibility? Exceptional leadership?

BE: Well, maybe this new crisis will cause Queen Arlene to cancel her trip to France.

JB: Cancel it? She should go and stay. Grrrr. Or rather les grrrr.





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