I won't dignify Bloomberg's threat to lay off 21,000 NYC teachers in June - more than 25% of the workforce - with much other than to say, please go read this.
But I will say this - with GDP up and the employment picture looking brighter for 2011, the ed deform/corporatist movement MUST get all of their demands on LIFO and tenure THIS year.
Next year, the tax receipts are going to be up (unless Cuomo and Bloomberg continue to cut taxes on rich people, of course), so they won't be able to use a huge looming budget deficit as leverage against the teachers union.
They have to finish this fight this year or wait perhaps another generation to get the perfect economic storm they can use to end LIFO and tenure protections.
Mulgrew and the UFT leadership SHOULD know this, but just in case they don't, you all ought to call and let them know it.
Prices are up. Wall Street is back near 2008 levels. The economy is improving, albeit slowly. There is light at the end of this long, nightmarish tunnel.
We just have to survive this year without giving in to either Bloomberg or Cuomo.