All downhill from here on

All downhill from here on

Local governments everywhere are feeling the pandemic’s pinch on tax revenue. Nowhere is the pain more acute than in the Scranton School District, where revenue projections are calling into question the district’s ability to make payroll by year’s...
Union blues

Union blues

It’s understandable that Scranton Federation of Teachers President Rosemary Boland is unhappy that her members still don’t have a contract with the financially beaten-down city school district. Less understandable is her apparent belief that the actions of...
The more things change?

The more things change?

The financially beleaguered Scranton School District faces yet another challenge as tax revenue is projected to plunge by roughly $5 million due to the pandemic’s constriction of the economy. That much is new. What’s not is the way the school board dropped...
Hacking democracy

Hacking democracy

Hampered by pandemic-driven social distancing and self-quarantining, both the Scranton City Council and School Board turned to the Internet and meeting app Zoom to arrange legal, open-to-the-public forums. Problems quickly arose though when unidentified hackers and...
Do the math

Do the math

We need to start measuring every Scranton School District budget cut in “Gregg Sunday Pensions.” (Quick answer: there are 27.875 Gregg Sunday Pensions in $2.2 million).