Perdido 03

Perdido 03

Monday, January 25, 2010

Bloomberg: Paterson Budget Will Cut 8,500 Teaching Jobs In NYC

The story is here.

Bloomberg's solution?

More charter schools, of course.

And giving him the right to fire the teachers in the ATR pool.

And tying teacher evaluations to test scores.

You have to give Moneybags one thing - he sure does stay on message.

Charter schools, charter schools, charter schools...

Test scores, test scores, test scores...

Fire the ATR's, fire the ATR's, fire the ATR's.

It's a broken record, but as many politicians who spew jive have discovered over the years, if you just keep repeating your jive over and over, the media stenographers will repeat it as truth in the papers and on the TV.

But I've got a solution, Mr. Moneybags.

Why not take the teachers in the ATR pool and get them working in schools?

Instead of spending millions to close schools, why not give the "failing" schools the resources they need to deal with the socio-economic problems they are being asked to deal with (i.e., homeless students, support service students, ELL's, etc.)?

Why not hire some actual educators to develop policy rather than the 20-something MBA's you have running it right now.

Oh, and why don't you stop handing out multi-million dollar no-bid contract to your cronies?

Those would be positive solutions to solve the problem.

But you're not looking for positive solutions to the problem.

You're looking to exacerbate the crisis in the schools to push forward your privatization agenda.

Which means you're just spewing jive.

It's a shame the media stenographers don't have the brains and/or guts to call you on your bullshit.


  1. Great post and very true. The union should be doing this and expose the Bloomberg/Klein spin machine.

  2. Yes, they should. Bloomberg is world's ahead of them on getting out his jive. They're good at jiving us too, but not so good and countering Bloomberg's jive.

    Which is why we are now up to our necks in jive.