What can we say to protect school funding?

At Tuesday’s public hearing, it’s crucial that defenders of education in this town turn out to express their dismay at the cuts foisted on the Board of Education by weak town council members. But it’s not enough simply to argue for needed funds. We have to offer more. What should we say? How can we make the best of this awful scenario?

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38 responses to “What can we say to protect school funding?

  1. Joe Visconti

    “How can we make the best of this awful scenario?” Stay home and watch it on TV that’s how. Take some notes and go out and fundraise your friends for donations to help the slashing horror (I ripped these off from the bleeding hearts) coming on Doomsday (June 12).
    Harry and B did a nice post mortum on the John Doe school Budget but it would take CSI West Hartford and Doctor Lee to discover the DNA of AFSCME Personel and and the rest of the Education Cartels Musclemen.

    What happened to the cliche” Familiarity breeds contempt?” when negotiating. With the Job security offered by West Hartford, Educators should “embrace the future” (I ripped this off from the blurb in the Courant today on the Library) by Offering Taxpayers some crucial budget year incentives, like dropping their salaries 1% and 2% for the I,I,I,I,I’m not your stepping stones!

  2. EJ

    Maybe the unions could hold a bake sale.

  3. Unpossible

    Joe’s posts are giving me a headache. And no, it’s not because of his edgy challenge to the status quo (ooh, he’s so in your face!) I think it’s because he doesn’t know proper use of capitalization. Can we hold a bake sale to get him a tutor? Anyone?

  4. Force the council to get the 30 million in ECS funds due this town NOW! There is nothing wrong with Visconti’s comments. At least he is not hiding behind initials but out there in front like some of the rest of us!! If you have courage of conviction then you do not need to hide! See Pauline Landsman’s comments published in West Hartford Life. She certainly sums the situation up quite well!

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  6. Joe Visconti

    Linda

    Your an early Bird.

    Unpossible
    Oh my God you should have heard the yelling at me from my own during Blue Back, they never let me do the proofing of such things as “The Spotlight”. You see I have built in a code to my literary work which seeks to destroy the Educational Cartel by giving Migraines ( do i cap this?) to their Commrades.
    DeMything ( Webster where are you?) the Union Propoganda isn’t enough you see, what those with too much or too early English structured learning need to snap them awake is Counter Structure.
    You didn’t say anything about my run on sentence’s or inappropriate use of comma’s and semi colons.
    … and oh unpossible, the Capping Problem should be directed at Municipal Spending! Cap Payhikes!!!!!

  7. turtle

    Whatever happened to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephants? We could lend them ours.

  8. Egads

    Protect school funding??
    Our schools are getting $118 million dollars !
    That’s not enough?
    Fire some goddam administrators and get rid of the programs that don’t work! Companies downsize all the time without affecting the product they produce. It’s called being efficient.
    Stop giving Sklarz and his legions all kinds of crazy raises and bonuses. Just say NO!

    Get your butts up to the Capitol and demand our ECS fair share!! Tell Fleischmann, McClusky and Bye and Harris to stop handing us unfunded mandates and spending money on astroturf and get us our damn funding that we can use in our classrooms.

    It’s not the taxpayers organization to blame It’s your damn legislators who have given you nothing but lip service . Have you read the damn transcripts from the House floor? Fleischmann would rather give our money to Bridgeport and Hartford.. He thinks everyone else needs state funding more than we do. He’s the damn Education co-chair for christ’s sake and he can’t deliver this to us?

    But still, $118 million and it’s not enough.. incredible.

  9. EJ

    Bravo! I love a good rant. keep em comming.

  10. turtle

    Fire some goddam administrators and get rid of the programs that don’t work!

    Could you be more specific?

  11. turtle

    Hey Egads. Still waiting for the dope on “those programs that don’t work” that you were talking about! I’d like to see those go down in flames for sure!

    And I hear ya about those “goddam administrators”! Judy Aron told the West Hartford News all about the Board of Ed’s “scare tactics”. It makes me mad how they would cut off poor little kids who can’t speak English or can’t read or who knows what all, just to squander our hard-earned tax dollars on those “legions” of administrators they love so much!

    Which legions did you mean, again?

  12. Yup – they are scare tactics.. cut something like Quest and textbooks just so parents get pissed off and vote yes to give the BOE a blank check and more money.. it’s irresponsible and it’s also called extortion. Meanwhile they pad their travel and conference allowances and other administrative costs… because by golly… can’t screw with the administration.

    Turtle…If little Jose can’t get help in learning English – don’t blame the taxpayers.. talk to Mr. Sklarz et al., who would take away that funding to protect their trips to conferences and funding their recruitment programs. Looks like they cannot do a good enough job allocating money to the real priorities of actually educating the kids. How much money actually shows up in the classroom?? And tell me again how our teachers are among the most highly compensated in the nation? Then you are crying poverty about this budget? It’s $118 million remember?

    What’s your tax bill look like? Care to know what it will look like in 5-10 years? Will you still be able to live here? Many people won’t. It’ll be rich and poor.. because middle class will be driven out.. seniors will be driven out and our kids will be off earning a living and raising their kids in Arizona. Now that’s a great way to invest in our town. Let’s just destroy our demographics all together.

  13. turtle

    Don’t lecture me about my tax bill, Judy Aron. I can calculate a tax bill, OK? I’m not rich. Got it?!

    How much time has been wasted on this board in defensive mode against the outright demagoguery practiced by you and your fellow ideologues? Did you read one fact Harry Captain provided in his many expository posts? No? Doesn’t quite comport with your easy vilification of the Board of Ed as a bunch of fat cat extortionists (!)? It’s obvious you prefer to spew your slanderous, pseudo-patriotic rhetoric all over town instead of debating the issues on the merits.

    If little Jose can’t get help in learning English– don’t blame the taxpayers.

    Another charming slur from Judy’s cheap bag of tricks. You know what? People in this town support high standards for education; that is why they move here. Watch the value of your house plummet if the schools erode. But I’m beginning to feel upbeat about this whole hullaballoo. I bet the citizens of West Hartford will do the right thing and support the budget.

  14. EJ

    Watch the value of your house plummet as taxes increase!
    $118million Ed budget, $12K and they can’t get the job done!
    Maybe we ought to send seniors & juniors taking AP courses to Community College instead, it would save money.

  15. If raising taxes caused house values to go down, then explain what’s happened in this town during the past decade. Taxes are up. And home values are up even more.
    If there’s a correlation, it would seem to be the reverse of what EJ warns us about.

  16. JTS

    Jose? Jose? Judy are your vitriolic screeds so jam packed with anger and insults that you can no longer figure out a way to thinly veil your racism?

    The fact that you and your ilk fancy yourselves to be the “leaders” in the charge for lower taxes should send shivers down the spine of anyone in town who had actually hoped to see progress on that front. Free spending tax raisers (however many there are in town) must sleep like angels knowing you and your band are behind the wheel on this thing.

  17. Meanwhile, sadly, the question asked at the top of the page remains unanswered. Let’s take it as a given that WHDad, turtle and I along with many of our neighbors and friends would like to see the schools better-funded than some of our residents would prefer. OK? The question is still sitting there: What can we (who agree with our host) say to protect school funding? Is there some tactic or strategy that has a decent chance of success?

    Again, I understand that my goals here differ from some people’s goals, and although I (of course) think I am right, I am glad to see J. Aron and J. Visconti express their opposing views forcefully. I accept that I will not change their minds. But such views are irrelevant to Mr. WHDad’s question, and that question remains very important to some of us. On Tuesday, what can or should we say that will be persuasive? Can we indicate some priorities (other than the general, obvious and unhelpful gut-the-administration stuff that even the crowd behind the referendum seem to think won’t actually shift money to classrooms)? Is there any chance of the ECS money actually arriving, or is it as much of a pipe dream as a super-efficient administration? If there simply is no money there, can we indicate at that meeting or before what we want the Board to do?

    Thanks,
    -V.

  18. Joe Visconti

    Listen folks we’ve been having fun here but the simple truth is that if we don’t ever get fully funded from the State then the ECS formula’s have been contrived to fail us. Since the above occurs year after year why should we feel inclined to carry the burden? Cause we can? Cause we were able to? Can we keep this up collectively for much longer?

    Scenario from the Real World:
    I am a General Contrator (Ed Unions), you call me(taxpayer) for an estimate for a project on your home or business, when I arrive I tell you that you cannot get competing bids, next I tell you that you must make a deal with me no matter what(blinding arb), because it’s the law, then I tell you how much I want and for how long I want it including perks. You try to get my price down when you realize you may not get paid all you are owed from your job (ECS failures), I tell you I don’t care it’s the law pay me. Then your neighbors (vote yes zombies) come over and tell you they will backup me up as your contractor. Very fair ?

    If we do not seek Equity we will not get it. So why doesn’t everybody ask the Teachers and Administrators to go public with us? Why because they can’t, they are held hostage by their Union Boss’s and are more concerned over the State (us in another capacity) keeping our promise to them (pension contributions).

    I do not see or hear any help coming from the Unions.
    Local #? where are you????

  19. What help should the unions give? A pay cut in the middle of a still-roaring economy? Let’s get real.
    I’m fine with trying harder to hold down future pay hikes because I do think municipal employees have it pretty good nowadays. But a giveback? Never.

  20. EJ

    WHDAD, go talk to a realtor. The prices of homes in WH appear to have already started to drop, and have you noticed the number of for sale signs out?
    And forclosures may be increasing as well.

  21. That the market has turned slightly in no way undermines the long-term trend that runs directly counter to the argument you made, EJ.
    I also wonder if we’re really chasing out seniors now since it seems like housing for seniors is popping up all over. I assume the developers know what they’re doing.

  22. Joe Visconti

    Give backs never? you are a school teacher.

    The developers know what their doing alright, read todays courant business section “Housing mixed signals” on homebuilders and how they are trying to sell their inventory, next to the article on “Regions growth likely to lag nationaly”

    For those flush with cash and getting raises God Bless America, for others facing outsourcing and Walmart wages Lets say a little pray for them.

  23. EJ

    Look at it anyway you like. I hope you’re right that it is a temporary downturn. Of course it would be nice if you can determine the how long and low temporary is. But it’s here and it does not look like it is stopping tomorrow.

    I hope the downturn in Hartford is temporary but taxes are helping to kill the city. How long has Hartford been down?

  24. turtle

    I hear from realtors that the market is steady in West Hartford.

    Meanwhile, what about Tuesday? I’m thinking, increase class size at the least affected schools to salvage Group 2 items like High School FTE, Pupil Service FTE, ESOL FTEs, AIMS social worker, ESOL Teacher on Special Assignment, and tutor at Web Hill.

  25. Now I am a racist.. LOL you guys are too much..
    Sticks and stones.. You people don’t even know how to have a civil discussion.

    Turtle and JTS Looks like YOU are the angry ones ..and can’t think of anything else but to call me names and villify me.. Good grief how unoriginal and pedestrian can one be?

    Sweethearts.. The majority of folks who signed the petitions were Democrats .. I think that says something about this “right wing conspiracy” that you believe that I am “spearheading”.
    You guys are so out of touch with people in this town it isn’t funny. You should have been out there collecting signatures to get a reality check.

    But anyway.. I wish you well and hope you enjoy the Memorial Day weekend..

  26. turtle

    Oh, yeah, and I’d like to tack Group #3 Smith’s parent educator onto my list.

    You people don’t even know how to have a civil discussion.

    Hilarious! That is what Judy of the beautiful manners always says when she’s cornered. (Judy must have tossed in “pedestrian” to show off her originality!)

    Judy. You missed JTS’s point about the debate over taxes. Of course there are many people in West Hartford who would like to have a serious discussion about how to eliminate wasteful spending. But you and the other WHTA officers lack the credibility to act as worthy adversaries.

    Now what are we going to say on Tuesday?

  27. turtle

    P.S. And a fine Memorial Day holiday to you!

  28. turtle

    Back atcha!

  29. Joe Visconti

    Don’t protect the funding, send a clear message to the Board that it better think twice during it’s aritration meetings so it doesn’t have to threaten programs next year.

  30. Becca

    Just so you know.. Jim Francis admitted (at the WHTA meeting last week) that we will never see 29.17 mills.. as it assumes that everything remains equal (i.e. no increase in spending)
    So much for the honesty and integrity of this 5 year phase in.
    By the way – the folks in the Taxpayers group are more than just Judy Aron.. and there have been suggestions regarding places to cut the budget .. Some of you may not like the leaders of WHTA but there are many more people in that organization besides them, and it isn’t just about this year’s tax bill.. look down the road to see where our tax bills are heading.
    This Council has got to take a hard stand on holding the line on spending. It also is not the job of the WHTA to say where cuts should be made.. that’s the job of these administrators and our elected officials.
    Whether this budget passes or not .. at least the taxpaying citizens will have a say, and thank goodness we have a vibrant taxpayers group to be a watchdog. Looks like some of you here on this blog do not care about those being financially evicted from their homes. I know if taxes go up much more I will be putting my house up for sale.

  31. EJ

    Bravo Becca!

    Part of the problem with where to cut is the the council and BOE present budgets that are hard to decipher. They have stuff all over the place and when you ask questions they don’t like to give clear answers.

    And in the end it is their responsibility to decide where to cut. It does seem obvious though that the BOE has little desire to cut into the layers of administration.

  32. If what Harry Captain wrote here is true, then West Hartford does a pretty good job of pouring its educational cash into the classrooms (which the results would tend to prove anyway). I think there’s a myth that there are vast layers of school bureaucracy that could be painlessly axed. Somebody, after all, has to do the administrative crap that Hartford and Washington demand as well as figuring out bus routes, making sure supplies get ordered and all the other managerial stuff that nobody wants to pay for but is absolutely critical.

  33. Joe Visconti

    Got Myth

    Whdad the Biggest Myth is that the budget is set in April, when it reality it gets set the day the Town Council approves the Teachers/Administrators Union contracts and their above inflation raises/perk funding.
    By the way, I heard through the grapevine (pseudo sources) that Mr. Sklarz attempted to ask the Unions for concessions and was told Notta. If my informants are correct where does Babs Carpenter sit in authoritative relation as the Teachers Union Head to Sklarz on decisionmaking and what does her abstaining from voting on the budget as a Town Councilor while reigning over the Teachers Union mean to Ethics?

    The Ethic’s Board in this town is also another Myth, hell when then Mayor Jonathan Harris promoted Blue Back, his employer Kroll Mcnamara et al were representing JDA Development( Bob Weiner) partner of Sir Richard of Belgium and Healthtrax. Jonathan was also, if my memory serves me correctly the sitting head of the damn Ethics Board in Town at the same time. We tried to get the Hartford Fishwrap to let ya in on it but they didn’t think you wanted to know.

    Oh just keep giving us those good old fashioned conflicts of interest cause this is West Hartford Connecticut where ” In Hypocrisy We Trust “!

  34. turtle

    …it isn’t just about this year’s tax bill.. look down the road to see where our tax bills are heading.

    You’re right. The sky is blue.

    It also is not the job of the WHTA to say where cuts should be made.. that’s the job of these administrators and our elected officials.

    If the WHTA was so even-handed about trimming the budget why do their members engage in smear tactics against the Board of Ed? Anyway, it’s also the job of taxpayers to argue for what they think should be cut from the budget.

    Looks like some of you here on this blog do not care about those being financially evicted from their homes.

    I must say I’m sick of this cheap mantra from the WHTA. It doesn’t deserve a response.

    However…tax relief for homeowners could come at the expense of enhancements to a golf course, for example, rather than at the expense of enhancements to the schools.

  35. turtle

    Looks like the Buena Vista Training Facility proposal was bumped back to the “conceptual stage” (Mayor Slifka). Good!

  36. Joe Visconti

    Bump some of the below incentives back, got this online.

    2006-2009 Contract Language Changes or Additions

    Article V Personal Injury Benefits

    Old Language:

    5.1 Whenever an employee is absent from school as a result of personal injury caused by an accident or an assault arising out of and in the course of his/her employment, (including work performed during the summer months) he/she shall be paid his/her full salary (less the amount of any worker’s compensation award made for temporary disability due to said injury) for the period of such absence. Such period shall not exceed the compensable period for worker’s compensation. No part of such shall be charged to his/her annual or accumulated sick leave.

    New Language:

    5.1 Whenever an employee is absent from school as a result of personal injury caused by an accident or an assault arising out of and in the course of his/her employment, (including work performed during the summer months) in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes § 10-236a he/she shall be paid his/her full salary (less the amount of any worker’s compensation award made for temporary disability due to said injury) for the period of such absence. Such period shall not exceed the compensable period for worker’s compensation. No part of such Whenever an employee is absent from school as a result of personal injury caused by an accident arising out of and in the course of his/her employment (including work performed during the summer months), the employee shall receive the workers’ compensation payment and, at the election of the teacher, a supplement so that the teacher receives full pay, provided that in such cases the leave shall be charged to his/her annual or accumulated sick leave on a pro rata basis. Such period shall not exceed the compensable period for worker’s compensation.

    Article VI Grievance Procedure

    Old Language:

    American Arbitration Association

    New Language:

    Include the American Dispute Resolution Center in addition to the American Arbitration Association.

    Article VII Leaves of Absence

    Old Language:

    7.1 Sick Leave

    C. Upon retirement, the employee shall be paid the equivalent of one-half (1/2) of his/her total accumulated unused sick leave. The maximum paid shall not exceed forty (40) days. For all teachers, such payment shall be at the rate of 1/187 of his/her annual salary. The Board shall provide employees the option of placing this severance benefit in a pre-tax account in accordance with state and federal law from which the employee may pay for health insurance benefits after retirement.

    D. Upon death, the spouse of an employee, or in the event that there is no then surviving spouse, the minor children of an employee, or in the event that there are no then surviving minor children of an employee, the estate of an employee shall be paid one-half (1/2) of the employee’s accumulated unused sick leave. The maximum paid shall not exceed forty (40) days.

    New Language:

    7.1 Sick Leave

    C. Upon retirement, the employee shall be paid the equivalent of one-half (1/2) of his/her total accumulated unused sick leave. The maximum paid shall not exceed forty (40) forty-five (45) days. For all teachers, such payment shall be at the rate of 1/187 of his/her annual salary. The Board shall provide employees the option of placing this severance benefit in a pre-tax account in accordance with state and federal law from which the employee may pay for health insurance benefits after retirement.

    D. Upon death, the spouse of an employee, or in the event that there is no then surviving spouse, the minor children of an employee, or in the event that there are no then surviving minor children of an employee, the estate of an employee shall be paid one-half (1/2) of the employee’s accumulated unused sick leave. The maximum paid shall not exceed forty (40) forty-five (45) days.

    Article VIII Insurance

    Old Language:

    8.1 All “employees”, as identified in Article I, who are paid at least fifty percent of the rate of any category shown in Appendices A-1a, A-1b shall be eligible for either of the insurance programs listed in Article VIII, Section 2. Dependent coverage may include bona fide domestic partners, provided that such status is established by affidavit as shown in Appendix H.

    New Language:

    8.1 All “employees”, as identified in Article I, who are paid at least fifty percent of the rate of any category shown in Appendices A-1a, A-1b shall be eligible for either of the insurance programs listed in Article VIII, Section 2. Dependant coverage may include bona fide domestic partners in civil unions, provided that such status is established by affidavit as shown in Appendix H or otherwise as provided for by law.

    Article VIII Insurance

    Old Language:

    8.3 Premium Cost Sharing

    C. Board and Teacher Premium Contributions.

    1. Century Preferred Plan Option

    The employee shall pay annually fourteen percent (14%) in 2004-2005 and fifteen percent (15%) in 2005-2006 of the Century Preferred Plan premium costs for the coverage for which he/she is eligible and which he/she selects. The Board shall pay the balance of this cost.

    2. BlueCare Plus HMO Option

    The employee shall pay nine percent (9%) in 2004-2005 and ten percent (10%) in 2005-2006 of the BlueCare Plus HMO premium costs for the coverage for which he/she is eligible and which he/she selects. The Board shall pay the balance of the cost.

    New Language:

    8.3 Premium Cost Sharing

    C. Board and Teacher Premium Contributions.

    1. Century Preferred Plan Option

    The employee shall pay annually fourteen percent (14%) in 2004-2005 and fifteen percent (15%) in 2005-2006 in 2006-2007, sixteen percent (16%) in 2007-2008 and seventeen percent (17%) in 2008-2009 of the Century Preferred Plan premium costs for the coverage for which he/she is eligible and which he/she selects. The Board shall pay the balance of this cost.

    2. BlueCare Plus HMO Option

    The employee shall pay nine percent (9%) in 2004-2005 and ten percent (10%) in 2005-2006 twelve percent (12%) in 2006-2007, thirteen percent (13%) in 2007-2008 and fourteen percent (14%) in 2008-2009 of the BlueCare Plus HMO premium costs for the coverage for which he/she is eligible and which he/she selects. The Board shall pay the balance of the cost.

    Article XVIII Duration

    Old Language:

    18.2 The provision of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect from July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2006.

    New Language:

    18.2 The provision of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect from July 1, 2004 2006 through June 30, 2006 2009.

    Appendices A-1a, A-1b, A-1c

    Old Language:

    4. Teachers hired after July 1, 1994 shall not be eligible for the BA+10 or BA+20 salary tracks.

    New Language:

    4. Teachers hired after July 1, 1994 shall not be eligible for the BA+10 or BA+20 salary tracks. Persons on these tracks as of July 1, 2006 will be grandfathered and will receive the general wage increase each year.

    Appendices A-1a, A-1b, A-1c

    Old Language:

    6. Credit for salary advancement to the MA, MA+10, MA+20, and MA+30 salary lanes shall be granted only for courses approved in advance by the Superintendent or his/her designee, which courses shall be in an approved course of study for the MA or shall be post-MA graduate courses at an accredited college or university. Approval for such courses shall not be unreasonably withheld. No more than 3 credits shall be granted for post-MA graduate online courses.

    New Language:

    6. Credit for salary advancement to the MA, MA+10, MA+20, and MA+30 salary lanes shall be granted only for courses approved in advance by the Superintendent or his/her designee, which courses shall be in an approved course of study for the MA or shall be post-MA graduate courses at an accredited college or university. Approval for such courses shall not be unreasonably withheld. No more than 3 credits shall be granted annually for post-MA graduate online courses, as approved by the Executive Director of Human Resources, whose decision shall be final.

    Appendix G

    Old Language:

    None

    New Language:

    1. A teacher shall not privately tutor students, for a fee, who attend the same school as he/she works.

    Appendix H

    Old Language:
    West Hartford Board of Education Affidavit of Domestic Partnership for Medical Benefit Purposes

    New Language:

    Conform to statutory provisions for establishing a civil union.

    Appendix I

    Brand New Language:

    In the recently-concluded negotiations between the West Hartford Board of Education and the West Hartford Education Association for the 2006-2009 collective bargaining agreement, the parties reached the following additional agreements:

    1. Notwithstanding the change in Section 8.1 (replacing reference to domestic partners with reference to civil unions), members of the bargaining unit who prior to July 1, 2006 establish eligibility for dependent benefits under a domestic partner relationship in accordance with the 2004-2006 collective bargaining agreement shall continue to be eligible for such benefits in accordance with those contract provisions.

    2. Notwithstanding that federal law does not currently recognize civil unions, the Board shall continue its practice of extending the same benefits it provides to spouses under the Family and Medical Leave Act to domestic partners identified under paragraph 1 and to partners in civil unions.

    3. After consultation with the faculty, principals may schedule one session of parent-teacher conferences in the evening each year, such session to be no more than four hours and to end no later than 8:00 p.m.

    4. The parties agree that implementation of Section 16.8 under a block schedule that provides a preparation period of approximately ninety minutes shall not set a precedent for the definition of “period,” should the Board revert to a traditional schedule.

    5. Amend each of the following Appendices by increasing each of the stipends each year by the general wage increase, which shall be computed by subtracting the cost of projected step movement (based on the current salary schedule) from the projected total percentage increase in the salary account resulting from the award by the Arbitration Panel in each year.

    Appendix A-2 Academic Middle School Team Leaders
    Appendix A-3a Head Coaches Stipend Schedule
    Appendix A-3b Assistant Coaches Stipend Schedule
    Appendix A-3c Head Coaches Stipend Schedule
    Appendix A-3d Assistant Coaches Stipend Schedule
    Appendix A-4 Intramural Sports Extra Compensation and Miscellaneous – Supervisory Saturday Detention
    Appendix A-5a Student Activities Extra Compensation
    Appendix A-5b Student Activities Extra Compensation

    2006-2009 Health Insurance Changes

    for the

    West Hartford Education Association Contract

    Type Old Cost New Cost
    *Prescription Co-Pays Generic $5 $5
    Brand Preferred $15 $20
    Non-Preferred $20 $35

    Type Old Cost New Cost
    *Mandatory Mail Order after
    3 Refills at Retail Generic $5 $10
    Brand Preferred $20 $40
    Non-Preferred $30 $70

    Old Cost New Cost
    *Office Visit Co-Pay $15 $20

    Type Old Cost New Cost Year
    *Hospitalization Co-Pay In-Patient $0 $75 2006-2009
    *Emergency Room Co-Pay $0 $50 2006-2007
    *Emergency Room Co-Pay $50 $75 2007-2009

    New Rate Year
    Century Preferred Plan PPO 15% 2006-2007
    16% 2007-2008
    17% 2008-2009

    BlueCare Plus Plan HMO 12% 2006-2007
    13% 2007-2008
    14% 2008-2009
    *The costs shown pertain to both the Century Preferred and the BlueCare Plus Plans.

    Talk about Phase in
    2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009
    Step MA30 Step New Step # MA30 New Step # MA30 Newer Step # MA30
    1 43054 1 44216
    2 44380
    2
    1 45578 1 46672 1 48072
    3 45733 3 2 46968
    2
    48095 2 1 49538
    4 47477 4 3 48759 3 49929
    3
    2 51427
    5 49017 5 4 50340 4 51548 4 3 53094
    6 50571 6 5 51936 5 53182 5 4 54777
    7 52161 7 6 53569 6 54855 6 5 56501
    8 53894 8 7 55349 7 56677 7 6 58377
    9 55796 9 8 57302 8 58677 8 7 60437
    10 57814 10 9 59375 9 60800 9 8 62624
    11 59936 11 10 61554 10 63031 10 9 64922
    12 62265 12 11 63946 11 65481 11 10 67445
    13 64621 13 12 66366 12 67959 12 11 69998
    14 67098
    14
    13 68910 13 70564 13 12 72681
    15 70691 15 14 72600
    14
    74342 14 13 76572
    16 77009 16 15 76466 15 78301
    15
    14 80650
    17 17 16 79088 16 80986 16 15 83416

  37. EJ

    At the WHTA meeting last week Jim Francis indicated that was the case as well. But it was also brought out by someone else the it was in the Capital Improvements spending list, which was not denied.

    Somehow, when the council feels like doing something they worm it in somehow.

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