Budget crisis to prompt payless paydays at charter school

CARBONDALE, Pa. (AP) – More evidence that Pennsylvania’s budget crisis is taking its toll on schools: Payless paydays and a shortened school week.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1LScSRE ) reports that employees at Fell Charter Elementary School near Scranton will work without pay starting next month, and the school week likely will be shortened to four days.

The state budget stalemate is in its fourth month. School districts throughout Pennsylvania are borrowing money and taking other measures to cope with a lack of state funding.

Fells Charter principal Mary Jo Walsh says many of the 25 teachers, administrators and staff will have to take on second jobs to help make ends meet. Teachers at the school made an average of $35,000 a year in 2013-14.

Walsh says the school has $100,000 in unpaid bills.

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