After the disastrously brief stint of ousted Cathie Black, teachers this morning implored the Almighty to watch over the city’s new school chancellor Dennis Walcott, who officially starts his job tomorrow.
The public school teachers – worshipping with Walcott at Harvest Fields Community Church in The Bronx – placed their hands on the Education Department’s new honcho at a Palm Sunday mass and asked God to steer him in the right direction.
“It’s great to see you guys here because, actually, I’m your boss,” Walcott said. “We’re in tough times and you work very hard and I will never say anything bad about you
“You make all the difference for our children and I will always sing your praises,” he added.
Walcott walks into the role facing the possibility of over 6,000 teacher layoffs.
“We have to look at what’s in the best interest of our schools and with me that starts tomorrow,” he said at the East Tremont Avenue church.
Now the snark:
I wouldn't want to attend the same services as Walcott and have to "lay hands on him" because I doubt I would be able to refrain from choking the hypocritical son of a bitch to knock some sense into him or at least knock the hypocrisy out.
If Walcott cares so much about teachers and children, why spend all that money on no-bid technology and testing contracts that get filled in Turkey when the money could be used to pay for the 6,000 teachers he plans to lay off?
You know why?
Because he doesn't care about children, students or schools.
He is there to carry out Bloomberg's privatization and union-busting agenda.
Which is fine - Cathie Black and Joel Klein were also there to carry that agenda out,
But for anybody to think differently about that - including the teachers who "worshipped" with him this morning - is short-sighted and dangerous.