Buffalo schools spent nearly $1.7 million in 2011-12 to pay for employees’ cosmetic surgery, such as facial peels and microderm abrasion, charges John Licata, a board member. To save school band and orchestra programs, which face drastic cuts, the board voted to deny cosmetic surgery claims from teachers and administrators.
That won’t hold up in court, observes a Buffalo News editorial. Cosmetic surgery benefits are in the contract, due to the folly of a previous school board. They can’t be suspended without negotiating with the union, which will want something in return. Just saving the jobs of music teachers won’t be enough.