Education

The First Cut Might Be Deeper, But It Isn't Necessarily All That Deep

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Even the Castro brothers are cutting public-sector jobs like nobody's business:

 At least 500,000 workers will lose their state jobs in the next six months. That means just under five percent of Cuba's total population and 10 percent of the work force will be out a of a job, but the government plans to grow the private sector to replace the jobs.

Raul Castro promised to cut 1 million jobs over the next five years in August, but surprisingly sped up the process by announcing that more than half of those jobs will be axed in the next six months.

"Our state cannot and should not continue maintaining companies, productive entities and services with inflated payrolls and losses that damage our economy and result counterproductive, create bad habits and distort workers' conduct," the CTC, Cuba's official labor union, said to the government press.

Keep that in mind while considering the actions of the Toledo public school system:

About two dozen more teachers will be laid off in one of Ohio's largest cities because of declining public school enrollment. Toledo Public Schools Superintendent Jerome Pecko tells The Blade that the exact number of cuts will be determined this week and then notices will go to teachers and a few classroom aides. He says the district does not want to exceed a ratio of 25 students per teacher.

Officials say enrollment is down 5.4 percent from this time last year.

Pecko calls the layoffs "a business decision that has to be made.

"The new cuts would be in addition to 400 teaching and other positions already eliminated as part of the school district's efforts to fend off a $39 million deficit for the current school year.

I've scouted around news accounts and TPS documents online to try and get a good ballpark figure of the total number of teachers and overall district employees, but that's proven difficult. The district cops to 4,800 employees here, but doesn't break them down in any meaningful way (and is overselling the number of students by about 6,000; they claim 30,000 on the system's site, but this Toledo Blade story pegs the current figure closer to 24,000).

So we're left with some crappy numbers, for sure, but let's do some math. Enrollment's down 5.4 percent; . Assuming the 400 positions that were cut come out of the 4,800 figure, that comes to 8.3 percent in worker cuts.

Which is good (considering the decline in students), but still behind Raul Castro. Which is bad.

U.S. unemployment is still around 9.6 percent, with little prospects for significant change. In the time-honored tradition of doomed bureaucracies everywhere, the TPS system is pushing for a tax increase in the fall.

Check out Reason.tv's "A Teacher Strike in Paradise" for an in-depth look at what happens when school budgets need to be cut:

NEXT: Let's Cut Spending! (Just Not Any of the Spending That Benefits Me.)

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  1. Even the Castro brothers are cutting public-sector jobs like nobody’s business[…]

    Now all Latin Americans will have to turn to Obama’s regime as the last bastion of communism against American imperialism and capitalism in general… I guess.

    1. I LOL’ed out loud.

  2. If only Toledo hadn’t been laying off all those public school students.

  3. Caption Contest!

    “I present to El Jefe this drawing of…Cro Magnon, I guess. Oh, that’s you? Oops, my bad.”

    1. “Esa es la cara que hace mientras defeca! ?C?mo lo sabes?”

    2. “I drew it myself! OK, a local artist drew it at gunpoint, but I think he captured your gaping mouth quite well; like a hairy woman’s vagina. No?”

  4. That means just under five percent of Cuba’s total population and 10 percent of the work force will be out a of a job, but the government plans to grow the private sector to replace the jobs.

    The “plan” thing is what makes me cringe… I would “plan” on growing the private sector just by staying the FUCK out of the way, but I don’t think that’s what the Castro brothers have in mind. As long as they don’t try to “stimulate” the economy, the Cuban people may end up in much better shape…

    1. I would imagine the plan is to open a plethora of barber and beard cutting shops catering to old communists.
      I expect a great need for such facilities as Cuba advances through the years of the 60’s and 70’s in which a large number of hairstylists were needed for the fantastic amount of hair needing to be coffed.

      1. I picture situations like I saw when I visited China in 2001 – you go to (say) your hotel bar, you’re the only customer – and there’s like 7 bartenders waiting on you.

  5. Wonder how the DemUnderground crowd is taking this whole Castro-defection thing…

  6. My friend is a public school teacher. I basically have to hold my mouth closed every time the public school system comes up in a discussion. Especially when “yes we have pensions but we pay into them throughout our entire career” is said, or “our public school system is woefully underfunded”. Actually, she makes a decent amount more then I do, and I’m a software developer who graduated at about the same time as her. And I work 12 months a year.

    1. Have you considered teaching…….

  7. Apples and oranges! Obviously the writer of this article is a leftist by trying to brush such a pretty picture to the bad situation in Cuba. “At least 500,000 workers will lose their state jobs in the next six months. That means just under five percent of Cuba’s total population and 10 percent of the work force will be out a of a job, but the government plans to grow the private sector to replace the jobs.” Well buddy, the population of the United States is 300 million and we have 15 million unemployed, that is also 5% for here also. The Cuban government has released an “official” list of 124 private sector jobs you can have and one of them is raising rabbits. Did you fail to mention to your readers that the avg salary in Cuba is $20 a month? And that although food, health, transportation and education is subsidized, you try to live off a food ration book, or bring your own towels and bedsheets to the hospital and find out they don’t have disposable needles or aspirin. Or sit there and wait for that bus or train to show up, you will get a good tan, or go to medical school and study without a hospital or library. Not good to be glorifying what you know little about.

    1. Joke post or moron? I really can’t tell.

      1. I’ll take what’s behind Door #2, Monty.

      2. I got all the sources you want. Which part do you not believe?

    2. The Cuban government has released an “official” list of 124 private sector jobs you can have and one of them is raising rabbits.

      Another one is “styrofoam salesman.” It’s genius. That stuff is light as a feather! And they pay you by the pound for it!

      1. and its perfect for constructing rabbit hutches…

        1. No it isn’t. Rabbits would just eat it and die. If it can be chewed, rabbits will chew on it. Sometimes they chew on things that can’t be chewed. Metal is a necessity for a rabbit hutch.

  8. It’s so cute how they dress alike. Just like Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell.

  9. South of the border commie dictators aren’t as much fun when joe’s not here to polish their taints with his rough tongue.

    1. Thanks for the visual.

      1. It’s like a cat’s tongue.

        1. Joe’s tongue, or Hugo’s taint?

          1. Both. And together they make a noise like a wood rasp working on the center rib of a Quonset hut.

            1. Like a 1950’s B-movie irradiated freakishly huge cricket?

  10. The problem with the numbers is that someone keeps forgetting that we are putting new cover pages on all the TPS reports from now on.

    Did you get the memo?

    1. If you could just hand over that red stapler that would be terrific.

      1. I’m going to set the building on fire.

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