City College has too many teachers. Damn.

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So the state auditors have determined that City College is in serious financial trouble, which we knew, and has ascertained the reason: There are too many teachers, and they get paid too well.

Damn. That sounds like a terrible situation. Too many teachers! Horrors! Let's fire some of them today!

Seriously: I know the district has problems, and I know that a lot of people inside the district feel that department heads have too much power, and there's an awful lot of political patronage going around. It's been a nightmare for more than a decade, with too many incompetent and corrupt people controlling the College Board, protecting their allies in administration, and treating the place as a personal fiefdom.

I think things have gotten a little better since the ascension of a more progressive majority on the board and the departure of Chancellor Phil Day and his crooked crew, but it's still a mess.

But isn't it a sad statement on San Francisco, and California, and the United States today that an auditor could look at a college that serves working-class and poor kids, immigrants, people who need jobs skills, and a broad, diverse community and say: You  have too many teachers? Isn't is sad that the auditors, in a city that has about the highest cost of living in the Western United States, think teachers -- teachers -- are getting paid too much money?

Makes you want to throw up.

Yeah, let's get the City College house in order, and recognize that expenses have to meet revenues, and make the tough decisions. But along the way, let's ask ourselves: Is this what we really want?

 

 

Comments

We should just have more of everything and hang what it costs?

Oh wait, of course, we can just borrow more and riase taxes. Why didn't I think of that?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 19, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

A lot of the teachers are doubtless horrible teachers who should be fired and replaced with lower-salary teachers, who can then earn their way up the ladder. Like in the real world. If Tim ran a hot-dog cart, he'd probably hire ten "diverse," "working class" employees, go out of business the next day, and sit on the curb wondering what the heck happened.

Posted by Chromefields on Sep. 19, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

CCSF is mismanaged from the top down.

Posted by The real truth on Sep. 19, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

CCSF is mismanaged from the top down.

Posted by The real truth on Sep. 19, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

"Seriously: I know the district has problems, and I know that a lot of people inside the district feel that department heads have too much power, and there's an awful lot of political patronage going around."

Tim has been listening to union talking points again. it doesn't mean in this case that it isn't true, it just means that Tim is a dupe.

Posted by matlock on Sep. 19, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

The audit points out that the student to teacher ratio is very high compared to other colleges. Further, it noted that CCSF pays full benefits to part timers, negating one of the cost savings of using part timers.

Posted by D. Native on Sep. 19, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

I am still having a difficult time figuring out how holding a system together with fiscal duct tape and baling wire has any bearing on whether the quality of the education meets accreditation standards.

Either the credits meet academic standards or they do not.

Posted by marcos on Sep. 19, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

Um, Tim. Did you actually read the report?

The main problem is serious underfunded pension obligations.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 20, 2012 @ 8:59 am

Tim,

Do you understand English and Arithmetic? Seriously? You think CCSF is in trouble because we have too many teachers and we pay them well?

You better go back to the report and read it twice. Maybe ask a high school student who took Algebra 1 to decipher the report and help you understand it.

How can a college fail so bad if their only error is having too many teachers and paying them too well?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 24, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

Commissioner Lawrence Wong got paid for attending meetings while he was in Hawaii. He has generously offered to repay half of the money.

Obviously the trustees were not paying attention to CCSF's fiscal problems.

The commissioners thought the job was a nice sinecure, at the least, and perhaps a springboard to a political career (Larry Wong still wants to run for supervisor).

Posted by Barton on Sep. 27, 2012 @ 7:31 am

In today's Chron:

In today's Chron:
New Chancelllor Thelma Scott-Skillman

Salary: $276,000
Public college pension: $95,041
Cal teacher's pension: $74,076
TOTAL SALARY: $445,117

Questons:
1. Why does she get to triple-dip into pension while stilll working?
2. Why should anybody be able to make $450,000 when City College is broke?

Where's the financial accountability for this salary?

As for the pension-triple-dip, one expects as much from public employees, who run the show in California.

Posted by Barton on Oct. 03, 2012 @ 7:14 am

She's making more than all of the UC chancellors.

Pretty nice pay packet for the leader of a bankrupt community college!

Posted by Troll the XIV on Oct. 04, 2012 @ 9:31 am