Here is how Leonie Haimson at NYC Public School Parents blog described the Klein "Merry Christmas, you should be fired, you lazy bastards!" missive:
Joel Klein's last (hopefully) Principals Weekly reminds us of some of his worst qualities – his pretentiousness and hypocrisy.
Harold Levy came in as Chancellor quoting Wallace Stevens; Klein leaves quoting T.S. Eliot. (What is it with these corporate lawyers posing as educators; is it intellectual insecurity?)
Klein quotes these lines, from Eliot's Little Gidding:
"We shall not cease from exploration/And the end of all our exploring/Will be to arrive where we started/And know the place for the first time."
Sounds like a a dog chasing his own tail -- an inadvertent metaphor for the perpetual cluelessness of this administration.
He goes onto make oft-repeated claims -- the great achievement gains under his leadership, which were actually quite limited compared to other cities around the nation; and the same old familiar complaints: Why can't we lay off teachers regardless of seniority? Why can't we fire teachers on Absent Teacher Reserve?
He also writes that given "the economics of our state and city" there will be no choice but to lay off teachers -- when there are clearly lots of better choices, other areas of spending that could be cut, and quite a few revenue options as well
Given the economics of the city and the state, there will be no choice but to lay off teachers?
Wall Street had its best third quarter ever.
The banks have had their best two years ever.
Oh, and NYC has a budget surplus.
And the coffers would be even fuller if Mayor Bloomberg hadn't let the CityTime crooks steal $80 million bucks.
Who knows what the rest of Bloomberg's cronies have stolen from the city coffers?
So let's dispense with the "given the economics of the city and state" jive.
You guys WANT to lay people off.
You also WANT to destroy seniority.
You're USING the "given the economics" jive as an excuse to do both of those things.
You say you only want to get rid of the "bad teachers."
But of course, given the economics, "bad teachers" means "most expensive."
So you know what, Joel?
Johnny Cash has a Christmas message for you.
And you can ride it all the way into the New Year at News Corp: