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Friday, January 23, 2015

Cuomo Attacks Teachers Again On Thursday

And so, the assault don't end from Governor Cuomo:

ALBANY — A passionate Gov. Cuomo upped his war with the teacher unions on Thursday, charging that they represent themselves — not the students.

During an appearance before the Daily News Editorial Board, Cuomo said the only way change will come to a broken education system is if the public is better informed.

“If (the public) understood what was happening with education to their children, there would be an outrage in this city,” Cuomo said. “I’m telling you, they would take City Hall down brick by brick.
“It’s only because it’s complicated that people don’t get it.”

Cuomo referred to the teacher unions and the entrenched education establishment as an “industry” that is more interested in protecting the rights of its members than improving the system for the kids it is supposed to be serving.

“Somewhere along the way, I believe we flipped the purpose of this,” Cuomo said. “This was never a teacher employment program and this was never an industry to hire superintendents and teachers.
“This was a program to educate kids.”

And then comes this:

He said he openly disagreed with a teacher union member who said he represents the students.

“No, you don’t,” Cuomo said he told the person. “You represent the teachers. Teacher salaries, teacher pensions, teacher tenure, teacher vacation rights. I respect that. But don’t say you represent the students.”

OK, I got it:

Cuomo - the guy on the hedge fundie, charter school supporter payroll - represents students.

The Cuomo assault on teachers continues unabated, though Cuomo says he doesn't hate teachers:

“I respect teachers,” he said. “My mother was a teacher . . . I want to treat them with more respect than they have now, but it has to be on the performance and the merits.”

Let's see, he spends his days calling teachers selfish, self-interested incompetents and sex criminals and he wants to re-do the profession to make it into an at-will job based on student test scores, but he "respects" teachers.

Uh, huh.

That's the kind of "respect" I can do without.

If he gets his way, people in New York will see this in the end.

We're already seeing fewer young people go into teaching the last few years as the War on Teachers has ratcheted up.

Can't imagine the "respect" Cuomo wants to give us in the form of tenure, evaluation and 3020a reforms is going to change that.


  1. Ya know, gov cuomo? It's hard to care for and "represent" the kids when I'm laying in my bed at home because I was fired due to an unfair and corrupt evaluation system. A system that only has the purpose of firing teachers. Not bad teachers, just teachers, any teachers.

  2. “It’s only because it’s complicated that people don’t get it.”

    The guy is unbelievable! He just called the public stupid!

  3. Teachers, especially the untenured, are already pressured to pass failing students--or else. Imagine the 65 bulge if our Son-of-a Teacher gets his way with tenure reform.

  4. I invited him yesterday to come. I even promised him a delicious tray of Sandra Lee semi-homemade b.s. pops.


  5. We finally get rid of bloomterd and now we have a new devil in town named cuomo...oh jeez lord will it ever end the continued berating with middle eastern mentality - cuomo is so over his head and for him to think he can change the world is a pipe dream in his own warped mind

  6. So, let me see if I can get this straight... the teacher can't represent a student because he is a member of a union. The job of the union is to make sure the teacher is fairly compensated for working conditions. Does compensation rule out the possibility that a teacher actually cares about his/her students? Cuomo is compensated for his job as governor - by his own logic, does that mean he can't possibly represent the citizens of NY?