Yeah, how utterly political of him. In 2008 as he neared the end of his last term as NY City mayor, Bloomberg successfully orchestrated the overturn of term limits so he could run for a third term. But now he’s for term limits again. Go figure.
But I’ll forgive him for being a politician if he and New York lawmakers pull this off! According to the Daily Caller, the mayor warned Friday that he may be forced to lay off as many as 20,000 teachers. Nobody loves the necessity for teacher layoffs. Those are real people with families who will be severely impacted, but states and cities all over the United States have over spent and now it’s time to pay the piper.
Teachers who don’t teach.
What I love is the secret compromise between lawmakers and Bloomberg aides that would allow the mayor to fire between 2,000 to 4,000 non-classroom teachers. Teachers who don’t teach! This includes teachers under disciplinary action, some of whom have languished in rubber rooms with full pay and benefits for years!
The Caller says the plan would also target members of the “absent teacher reserve pool” — which includes nonworking but on-the-payroll teachers from schools that have been shut down because of poor performance — and teachers assigned only to “administrative functions.”
Teachers who don’t teach sort of rubs me the wrong way, not unlike what we hear when “non-essential’ state or county workers are advised to stay home in bad weather or other circumstances, begging the question, “if they’re non-essential, why do we have (and pay) them?”
But the real news in the NY Bloomberg story of getting rid of non-teaching teachers is that it will overturn state law that previously required the city to fire teachers on the basis of seniority not competence. What a concept, but make no mistake, this is huge!!!
Of course, the union opposition to such a plan that makes sense and is good for the public is fiercely intense. But these are extreme and intense times and what a catalyst for much needed change.
In the meantime I love Mayor Bloomberg and wish him and New York well. We’ll have to see what happens.