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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has for years been at war with his city's teachers union, using the giant megaphone available to him as both a billionaire and the mayor of the nation's largest city to slam the teachers at every opportunity. But in the past week it's become clear that teachers aren't the only ones to have problems with Bloomberg's heavy-handedness on education.

Voters are not too happy with Bloomberg's role in the schools, for one thing. The city has mayoral control of education, so he appoints the school board. That means that Bloomberg owns education as an issue. He even owns mayoral control itself, which was instituted in 2002 at his urging, making him the only New York City mayor to have had such a large role in the city's education policy. And a new poll from Quinnipiac finds that a strong majority of voters wants to move away from mayoral control: 63 percent want the the mayor to share control of the schools and 13 percent say the mayor shouldn't have any control, while just 18 percent say the mayor should keep control. That's in sharp contrast to 2009, when 55 percent of voters wanted mayoral control to continue.

It's not just that voters don't want the mayor in sole control of the schools, either. The recent Quinnipiac poll also finds that:

By a 53 - 35 percent margin, voter trust the teachers' union more than Bloomberg to protect the interests of public school students.
That's both a judgment on Bloomberg's recent actions against teachers and the context in which the current fights are playing out. And a big fight came to a head this week, centering on teacher evaluations.

Thursday was the deadline for the city and the union to reach an agreement on a teacher evaluation plan in order to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in state education funding, but the negotiations failed. The head of the teachers union said that the union had reached an agreement with Department of Education negotiators, only to have Bloomberg kill the deal. Bloomberg, unsurprisingly, blamed the union, but head below the fold to see how his key reason for doing so crumbles when you poke it.

Bloomberg says that the union's supposedly last-minute insistence that the new evaluation system sunset in 2015 would make the entire evaluation process "a joke," because "Nobody would ever be able to be removed. The law would be gone before the process could finish. It would essentially sabotage the entire agreement." But if that's the case, then about 90 percent of the school districts in the state of New York that adopted teacher evaluation plans have "joke" and "sabotaged" plans, because that's how many of them sunset after a similar length of time.

And there are good reasons for them to do that—and good reason to question Bloomberg's insistence that the union pushed the sunset provision as a way to kill the deal. UFT negotiator Leo Casey writes:

On the very last line of this section of the draft application, the DOE itself had written that the agreement would only last through the 2013-2014 school year. The preponderance of applications from school districts around New York approved had similar sunset clauses: given the sheer complexity of the new teacher evaluation systems required by New York State law, they reasoned that it was only prudent to revisit their implementation in a year or two. All of these applications have been approved by the New York State Education Department.
Michael Bloomberg wants New Yorkers to believe that the teachers union cost the city's schools hundreds of millions of dollars by killing an agreement with a last-minute demand for a provision that would render the entire evaluation system toothless. But Bloomberg is standing basically alone in describing the sunset provision that way. He's basically saying that we should take his word over the union, a draft application from his own Department of Education, and the New York State Education Department along with the 90 percent of districts including a similar provision in their evaluation plans. That's how arrogant, and how accustomed to having the media accept his claims without serious questions, Michael Bloomberg is.

What's more, he expects to get people to blame the teachers union for this at the same time as he killed an agreement for principal evaluation over the same issue. And at the same time as 8,000 of the city's school bus drivers and attendants are on strike because Bloomberg refused to try to build any kind of protections for them into a bidding process for companies to take over many bus routes, particularly ones that service special education students.

Bloomberg's goal in the school bus strike is to blame the workers for wanting to maintain their lavish pay, which starts at $11 an hour for matrons and $14 an hour for drivers. What New Yorkers aren't supposed to notice is that it's Bloomberg's own policies contributing to rising costs. Bloomberg has pushed for more and more charter schools, for instance, and "Some 20% of charter students ride school buses, compared to just 9% of regular public school kids, according to one Independent Budget Office estimate." Additionally, special education students, many of whom go outside the city to school, account for an overwhelming amount of the cost of busing, and:

Bus union president Mike Cordiello says many routes are so ineptly configured by Tweed bureaucrats that his members run 186 routes daily to Westchester County, most of them with 6 children or less per bus. There are 25 buses per day to New Jersey, 16 to Rockland County, several to Connecticut.
But as usual, Bloomberg's solutions target workers.

Michael Bloomberg has pushed for and gotten more and more control in his own hands. But that's not enough for him. On top of it, he's trying to break anyone who might ever challenge his power, trying to make it easier to fire teachers and bus drivers, trying to erase the voices of people who work every day with children. New Yorkers aren't going for it, but that doesn't mean Bloomberg can't damage the cause of public education.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:55 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tipped & rec'ed; MB is another evil rich man (10+ / 0-)

    Who lied to get elected. He's all about the power, not about public service. We worship rich people way too much.

    •  not about the power, about the $; his net (4+ / 0-)

      worth has tripled or something during his tenure as mayor. Other than enriching himself and his cronies he seems pretty incompetent.

      •  yeah, again why'd NYC folks re-elect (5+ / 0-)
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        aliasalias, teacherjon, a2nite, NancyK, Renie57

        him three times ?! and the last time was a pure power grab that required changing the law.

        he must have had some really weak candidates running against him.

        and when exactly are people going to realize, BILLIONAIRES ARE NOT ON YOUR SIDE.

        and yes, that includes Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

        big badda boom : GRB 090423

        by squarewheel on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:58:23 PM PST

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        •  Yes to weak candidates... (0+ / 0-)

          ...and in the first election, the Democratic party was divided after a nasty (and racially tinged) primary.  I'm not sure about the second (though IIRC, the candidate was the loser from the previous primary), but in 2009,  Bloomberg spent about a hundred million dollars for a stunning 4 point victory over an uncompelling candidate who basically didn't campaign.  Also, Bloomberg has spent about a quarter billion dollars of his own money on his three campaigns; we're basically talking presidential election money (at least up until the last 2 or 3 campaigns) spent on buying the mayor's office of a large city.

  •  Can't trust teachers to teach (15+ / 0-)

    can't trust teachers to negotiate for a decent contract, but hey, why don't we make them carry guns?  

    Americans get stupider every day.

  •  Bloomberg serves the 1%'s class interests (12+ / 0-)

    in their desire to further privatize and commodify education by disempowering teachers unions

    Michael Bloomberg has pushed for and gotten more and more control in his own hands. But that's not enough for him. On top of it, he's trying to break anyone who might ever challenge his power, trying to make it easier to fire teachers and bus drivers, trying to erase the voices of people who work every day with children. New Yorkers aren't going for it, but that doesn't mean Bloomberg can't damage the cause of public education.

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ “If someone has a tool and is trying to negate your existence it would be reasonable to reciprocate in kind with your own tool.” - Dalai Lama XIV(sic)

    by annieli on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:06:00 PM PST

  •  Increasingly, you see well-publicized (9+ / 0-)

    attempts to blame teachers for all manner of social failings flopping. Michelle Rhee is now a tainted figure, thanks in large part to publicity like yours and Diane Ravitch's sleeper best-seller, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System." Remember the pulp Hollywood propaganda feature with Maggie Gyllenhaal, "Won't Back Down"? Totally bombed. And it wasn't due to any lack of funding, promotion, or big names, believe me.

    This is an old line of attack. People are getting sick of it. The oligarchs need to back up and change gears.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:08:45 PM PST

  •  Important to note (0+ / 0-)

    Mayoral control of the big 5 city school districts in New York (NYC, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany) has been an issue because the cities are required to include district funding in their budgets.

    Without mayoral control, they have very little say in how much of those budgets the school district commands.

    I'm not saying Bloomberg is right or wrong, just providing some background for why mayoral control is even being considered.  Currently in the state, only NYC has mayoral control of the school district.

  •  It's all about the money (10+ / 0-)

    Mayor Bloomberg gave $200K to the group trying to pass "education reforms" on the Idaho ballot. The initiatives were pushed through by Idaho Superintendent Luna and enough citizens freaked to get the whole ball of wax on the ballot last fall - all three were overturned. Bloomberg's donation was disclosed (along w/Foster Friess?!) by court order a couple of weeks before the election. Everyone knew the whole mess was crooked (ie mandating online classes provided by campaign donors) but seeing the big guns come in made me realize it's a country-wide effort. They are going after Michigan now - very ALEC-ish if you ask me.

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:14:41 PM PST

  •  I am thrilled whenever (12+ / 0-)

    the truth about Bloomberg comes to light.

    What he has done to NYC schools is a crime.  Many of these kids will NEVER recover. And, NYC lost a lot of great teachers because they would rather work someplace else.

  •  There are good croney capitalist reasons (7+ / 0-)

    for Bloomberg's stance. (Remember, too, that Bloomberg is a died in the wool Republican, and Republicans are at the forefront promoting many kinds of supply side myths and scamming systems.)  
    Several years ago, Juan Gonzalez exposed the financial incentives for the wealthy to target public education with charter school BS. Here:

    "Wealthy investors and major banks have been making windfall profits by using a little-known federal tax break to finance new charter-school construction," Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez write in the New York Daily News. "The program, the New Markets Tax Credit, is so lucrative that a lender who uses it can almost double his money in seven years."
    Amy Goodman had him on Democracy Now, and his entire discourse on the subject is wildly accurate as we can now see: http://choosingdemocracy.blogspot.com/...
    Bloomberg is merely stunting for rich funders at banks and hedge funds.
    •  Bloomberg was a registered Democrat (8+ / 0-)

      Before running in 2001.  He switched to Republicon because he wouldn't be able to get elected with the Democratic field.  He then switched to Independent I believe after his 2nd term started.  

      He bullied his way into getting "permission" to run for a 3rd term from the City Council and his (at that time) hand picked successor and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, along with the Council passed it (I was one of the Plantiff's in the Class Action suit to prevent this but we lost).  Now Quinn who was in 2009 and now in 2013 planning to run for Mayor is kind of getting brushed off by Bloomberg, who has even asked Hillary Clinton to run for Mayor!  He even paid off the 5 Republicon leaders to allow him to run on their line!

      He has no respect for anyone.  I think you all know about Superstorm Sandy which was on Oct 29th.  The Sunday after the storm hit, we were supposed to have the NYC Marathon which starts in Staten Island and runs through all 5 boroughs.  Staten Island looked like a war zone (still does in many places), 35 people killed, whole blocks of homes turned into rubble, no electricity, no food, flooding all over the Island and the other Boroughs were a mess also.  Bloomberg insisting that the Marathon go on.  His reasoning, well we had the Marathon 7 weeks after 9/11 so we should have this Marathon 6 days after Sandy!  There was such an outcry from the public he finally cancelled it but was very angry that he had to.

      I'm a New Yorker and believe me, January 1, 2014 can't come fast enough for us.

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

      by Rosalie907 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:34:35 PM PST

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      •  how is Christine Quinn reacting to her (0+ / 0-)

        newfound experience of the real Bloomberg? Are ppl going to hold against her that she helped him get his third term?

        •  Christine Quinn (2+ / 0-)
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          Has publically given no statement on her feelings about Bloomberg asking Hillary to run for Mayor but I've heard that she's really pissed.  

          People are already holding it against her and have been since 2009.  Additionally there are a few more matters that would make her the last person I and 99.9% of my friends and family won't be voting for her in the Primary and would have a very, very had time voting for her in the General in November.

          Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

          by Rosalie907 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:59:24 PM PST

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          •  very good to hear this (0+ / 0-)

            n/t

          •  Her closeness to Bloomberg will be her downfall (0+ / 0-)

            There are basically four Democrats running for the Mayoral nomination:

            Quinn:  Too close to Bloomberg; she will be on the defense all summer and her numbers will fall

            John Liu: City Comptroller- support of the Asian American community, but is being nvestigated about campaign financing problems.

            Bill Thompson: Former City Comptroller, lost to Bloomberg in 2009.  Good guy, would probably make a good mayor, but a little too low key, and he had his chance.

            That leaves Bill DiBlasio, the Public Advocate.  Italian American with an African American wife; commanding stature- he's about 6'4" (I've met him a couple of times); and already has support of some unions, including the teachers.

            •  The 2 Bills (0+ / 0-)

              Stand a better chance of being elected than either Quinn or Liu for the reasons you've stated.  Additionally, I don't know if you're aware of it or not but DiBlasio is only 1/2 Italian on his Mother's side.  His father was German and DiBlasio changed his last name when he entered politics.  I know the name started with a "W" but can't remember exactly what it was.  

              Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

              by Rosalie907 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 01:15:31 PM PST

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      •  Don't forget his ridiculous idea (0+ / 0-)

        to put a sports stadium on the west side of Manhattan!

        Just what we need in Manhattan: more traffic and more people.

        •  With no parking, to boot! (1+ / 0-)
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        •  You forgot the food police (0+ / 0-)

          And all the other laws he's enacted against free will.  Look, I agree that people should not have a 32 oz soda but I don't feel the government or the mayor should tell businesses they can't sell them.  We should all be responsible for ourselves.

          The only subject I agree with Bloomberg on is gun control but after that it's all a mega millionaire instilling his will on the public.

          Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

          by Rosalie907 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 01:23:45 PM PST

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  •  Even if Bloomberg is perceived to be lousy, (3+ / 0-)
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    semioticjim, tardis10, NancyK

    it's always terrific for me to see unions in general supported, and teacher's unions in particular. There's too much bashing of the latter countrywide and even in California.

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:40:37 PM PST

  •  LA & NY (0+ / 0-)

    have always been sister cities
    Dear Sis,
        Your Mayor is insane!
    What's a 1% news to do?
    It's like Bloomberg, "Oh, you don't need to prepare, hurricanes don't strike us of billionaire insanity" "Oh, Oh, it was  da duh, CLIMATE change."
    I think people are beginning to see through the MAZE.
    P.S. I'd love to see someone who impersonates Bloomberg talk in NIXONesque.
    "DIVERT! DIVERT! DIVERT!
    Arugh, Arugh, Oh Arugh!"
    I don't own a TV. I always think that he must talk like NIXON
    or as George Castanza would say CANTSTANDYA!
    Are you doing dirty weird twist psycho AGAIN?
    Not as many 1st responders at the 9-11 memorial? PUKE!

  •  This is about destroying unions (6+ / 0-)

    And the teachers' unions are the strongest still standing.

    This country's middle class needs more unionization if it's going to grow back to health.

    "Let there be song to fill the air." R. Hunter

    by RUKind on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:22:43 PM PST

    •  It's always about that (9+ / 0-)

      Same here in Cleveland, with the Trojan Horse "transformation" plan, which contains two things: a wish list of Good Things that there won't be money for, and a bunch of attacks on teachers. We'll end up with B but not A.

      One part of the Myrlie Evers front-page diary which almost made me cry was where it referred to her grandmother and aunt as "respected school teachers." Yes, remember when school teachers were respected and not scapegoats for right-wing corporate media attacks?

      It's disgraceful that the public narrative is that quality education is SO important that we have to beat up on teachers every way we can, yet teaching is not a secure, middle-class job anymore. That's talking out of both sides of your mouth.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:47:27 PM PST

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    •  And this is a pet peeve of mine (2+ / 0-)
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      as regards the way people talk about union negotiations even here, on a supposedly liberal site.  The comments regarding the school bus drivers strike reminded me.  SO MANY people when that first cam up were blaming the drivers, saying they're hurting the kids for greed, because they didn't like the details of their negotiating position or their willingness to walk out.  Most of those people also trying to say they support unions.

      It doesn't work that way.  Unions are so incredibly under pressure right now, being attacked and whittled down on every front for so long, we literally cannot afford to attack them ourselves.  Trust them to be doing the best they can with their situation and get out there in SUPPORT!

  •  their biggest ally is university endorsed RW radio (3+ / 0-)
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    and it's so fucking stoopid  that the left keeps ignoring it

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:34:58 PM PST

  •  Bloomberg is a good argument (3+ / 0-)
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    antirove, semioticjim, Thunder

    against centralized power.  The greater the concentration of power in any person(s) or institution, the greater the potential for abuse.

    The wisdom of my forebears ... Two wise people will never agree. Man begins in dust and ends in dust — meanwhile it's good to drink some vodka. A man studies until he's seventy and dies a fool.

    by Not A Bot on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:46:52 PM PST

    •  And a darn good argument for that 90% tax rate (1+ / 0-)
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      of the Eisenhauer era.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:16:58 PM PST

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      •  Doesn't need to be 90% or anywhere near it (1+ / 0-)
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        NancyK

        Just eliminate unjustified deductions for the rich, raise cap gains taxes above a certain amount or over a short period, make all income equally taxable, and bam, revenue is where it needs to be,

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:25:15 PM PST

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        •  Revenue is one aspect to the problem. Income (0+ / 0-)

          disparity is another, and I believe has become the worst problem our nation has faced in generations, worse than the late 1920's.  

          Once your income nears many hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars per day, what tax breaks or deductions could possibly still be justifiable?  It serves no substantive societal interest for so few to take so much while so many worked to create the wealth and end up with little to show for it. They'd still make way more than 99.99% of us so it's not really a credible 'punishment' that will make them give up and stop trying to earn more. If anything, it would make them work harder, since they'd still be making more by doing so.  A stout progressive tax system just slows the upper rates of gain while ensuring a fairer overall distribution of the wealth.  America's fastest periods of economic growth occured under much higher tax rates than the present.  If the minimum wage actually kept up with the cost of living, and maintained a plausible ratio with the earnings increases of the rich, it would have to be more like $20/hour.  And we'd still be behind other 1st world nations in vacation time, maternity benefits, sick days, pensions, education benefits, etc.

          The attempts by the richest and most powerful in this nation to limit 'sharing the wealth' in the last 4 decades, with their increasing demands for cutting worker pay and benefit give backs/austerity/etc., has created an increasingly huge disparity between America's rich and poor, and now close to half of us are near or under the poverty line, even if working multiple jobs, and is shredding our social safety net programs.  With so many Trillions in our economy, that's a real crime that so few are sharing the benefits of the huge productivity our whole society of hard workers has enabled.  It's not 'socialism' or 'communism' to advocate for more fair and more equal terms in sharing this American wealth made possible by the labor of so many--that's just advocating we truly share the rewards of hard work with the hard workers. We've given away far too much to 'shareholders' and the CEO executive class in the last few decades. And they expect us to hand over even more. We can say 'No' to the most greedy demands with a firm tax reform that brings back progressive income tax and, as the bonus, our revenue problems go away while our government spends on the programs that benefit the majority of us, not just the top 1% of us.

          When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

          by antirove on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 11:43:00 AM PST

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    •  Bloomberg is the "CEO" mayor (3+ / 0-)
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      and as such, is an even better argument against businessmen running government.

      Bloomberg has all the attributes of his class: arrogance, imperiousness, and the certainty that he knows what's best for everybody. He thinks you're too fat, so it's no Big Gulps for you! Plus, maybe he'll save a few bucks on Medicaid.

      Bloomberg is fundamentally at odds with the democratic process. He prefers to rule by edict. Hence, we have his bizarre insistence on a no-cellphones-in-school policy against the pleading of parents who wanted their kids to be able to call home in case of any emergency -- 9/11 hasn't been forgotten. Why would Bloomberg stubbornly insist on blowing off these parents' concerns? Because they had the nerve to question his authority.

      His time as mayor of NY has many examples of his insistence on unpopular projects and laws and his petulance when he doesn't get his way. One of them was the ridiculous rip-off West Side stadium that was basically a boondoggle for his real estate pals. Of course it was always open season on any public union outside police and firefighters.

      Bloomberg as CEO is used to snapping his fingers and saying, "Make it so!" And if that doesn't get him what he wants, he'll buy it -- like an illegal third term. He's an arrogant prick who actually thought he could make a run at the presidency. Bloomberg, along with Romney and Bush Jr, are the best object lessons in why government should never be run like a business.

  •  There are no successful countries (1+ / 0-)
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    without a top-notch public education system. It's a shame that we've let ours devolve into the shell they've become. And most of the blame for that lies with bad governance, not bad teachers or unions or a lack of privatization in the form of vouchers or charter schools or the corporatization of public schools. And teachers are part of the solution, not problem.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:23:21 PM PST

  •  Bloomberg is one thing.... (1+ / 0-)
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    NancyK

    ....but when Democrats embrace corporate education reform then I get pissed.

    Educational experience based on non-consensual behaviorism is authoritarian mind control.

    by semioticjim on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:26:24 PM PST

  •  You want to scare the hell out of Bloomberg? (0+ / 0-)

    Send Bloomberg and the rest of the corporate edushysters like Arne Duncan who has never walked in the shoes of a teacher before yet has the gall to demean teachers working with poverty stricken youth?
    Here's a petition to get folks attention we are not going to tolerate edushysters fucking up the worlds first public education system:www.dumpduncan.org

    Educational experience based on non-consensual behaviorism is authoritarian mind control.

    by semioticjim on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:33:56 PM PST

  •  NY, MI, IL - the corporations are salavating..... (1+ / 0-)
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    and winning big time.     The goal is to privatize it all......................................................................................   The idea of somebody getting a dollar besides them has them cross-eyed with rage.    They are pillaging the states and the federal government more and more every day.

    Jobs and Gates are assholes.

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

    by dkmich on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 02:45:54 AM PST

  •  I was on the negotiating team.... (1+ / 0-)
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    .... in my district/union negotiations of the teacher evaluation plan. Of course we put in a sunset clause. Of course we all agreed that we need to sit down together in a year and look at what is working and what might not be working in order to make the process a better one. I guess it depends on what the parties are trying to accomplish. If Bloomberg is only concerned about his ability to fire teachers then the process is already broken. Of course every evaluation plan in the state already has a major flaw in it. There are still mandates to use standardized test scores to evaluate, teachers, principals and schools.

    Both the Administrators and the union members in my district agreed that using state mandated test scores as part of a number grade for teachers and principals is inappropriate, but for now we don't have a choice in the matter. In our agreement we tried to protect those teachers who will be subjected to the state generated numbers (4th - 8th grade language arts and math teachers). I won't try to explain specifically how that was done.

    Infidels in all ages have battled for the rights of man, and have at all times been the advocates of truth and justice... Robert Ingersol

    by BMarshall on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 03:30:14 AM PST

  •  He is making a huge mess (0+ / 0-)

    and it is almost all his fault.

    Hey, Mayor Bloomberg! When you build tons of huge apartment buildings, some of the people in them will have kids. And babies turn into 5 year olds, you can pretty much count on it.

    Our elder son is in special ed and it's an hour on the bus each way; luckily for us, his bus is not on strike. But to get there by mass transit would be 2 subways to a bus.

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