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.
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.