Mulgrew accuses Bloomberg of sitting on a $3 billion surplus that could be used to prevent teacher layoffs. The mayor's aides blast the union for failing to lobby state legislators in Albany, whom they blame for shortchanging the city on education funding. The two rarely appear together at public events any more. And the Cathie Black debacle did nothing to raise Bloomberg's stock in the eyes of teachers.
Things have gotten so bad between Bloomberg and the teachers that Mulgrew said he was starting to rethink his position on mayoral control, a policy the union once endorsed.
"This is something we're questioning, because wherever I go, when I'm outside of meetings with teachers, when I'm meeting with parents and the community, I'm constantly being called on," Mulgrew said. "They're asking, 'Why aren't you calling for the repeal of mayoral control?' That's something I'm getting more and more of."
I take back what I said in this post.
Mayoral control goes unchanged if Mulgrew doesn't have the guts (or is too corrupt) to call for the repeal.
After hundreds of school closures, the LIFO battle, the mayor's insistence on layoffs even as he increases tech spending in the DOE by $550 million, the mayor's plan to add fifteen standardized tests in high school (2 city, 1 state test per subject x five subjects = 15 tests), the DOE insistence on publishing the TDR reports in the media (and breaking a promise not to in the bargain) even though they're rife with errors - seriously, how much more evidence does Mulgrew need to see that mayoral control needs to go?