This school district better have the best looking teachers in America.
Here’s evidence #1 why public sector unions are doing great damage to our country.
The Atlantic reports:
In Buffalo, New York, the heart of the American rust-belt, the public school system pays for its teachers to get plastic surgery. Hair removal. Miscrodermabrasian. Liposuction. If you can name the procedure, it’s probably covered.
No, I am not exaggerating. And no, this article is not an excuse to make “Hot For Teacher” cracks. When I write that Buffalo’s school system pays, I mean it literally. The perk is included as a self-insured rider in its teachers’ contract. Therefore, the district has to cover the cost of each nip and tuck itself. There’s no co-pay, so the school district ends up footing the entire bill. It estimates the current annual cost at $5.2 million, down from $9 million in 2009.
This in a city where the average teacher makes roughly $52,000 a year. The plastic surgery tab would pay salaries for 100 extra educators.
The perk has existed for years but seems to have been rediscovered in recent years. In 2009, about 500 employees were taking advantage of the opportunity to get free cosmetic surgery. A single doctor billed the district $4 million.
Wow. But remember, Gov. Scott Walker, who dares to question the public sector unions is the lunatic.
No word on whether the rumor is true that after her career in Congress, Nancy Pelosi said she’s interested in teaching at a public school in Buffalo.