At first, when I read on the Internet that Cuomo had this, I thought the writer meant he said something close to it in a hyperbolic way.
But no, Governor Cuomo actually said it:
“There is going to be have to be a death penalty for failing schools . . . where we say the children come first, before the bureaucracy,” Cuomo told reporters during a stop in suburban Buffalo late Thursday. “If the school fails, the school has to end.”
Cuomo said options for failing schools include a takeover by the state or a takeover by a charter school.
“I don’t want Albany to sit there and tell communities how to run their schools but I do feel comfortable sitting in Albany and saying failing schools is not an option,” Cuomo said.
Such an interesting phrase to use - "death penalty" - when talking about schools.
Why not ""failing schools deserve to be closed"?
Or "failing schools cannot be allowed to continue to fail"?
I would take issue with the simplicity of those statements, since there are many reasons why schools "fail" that often have nothing to do with the schools or the teachers teaching there.
But at least the language would be less inflammatory.
To say that "failing" schools deserve "the death penalty" amounts to a declaration of war by this governor against public schools and public school teachers.
Folks, he wants to exterminate some of us.
Seriously - just look at the language he used.
Language always gives you away and the language Little Andy chose here gives him away as a pro-charter, pro-education deform, anti-teacher, anti-union corporatist who wants to destroy the public school system and the teachers in it.
That he's purposely using language that once defined something his father was famously opposed to - the real "death penalty" for convicted criminals - is even more concerning.
It's his way of saying "I am not father, I am not Hamlet on the Hudson, I am no liberal commie pinko - I am a tough guy with tough policies who plans to get tough on 'failing' schools and put them to death."
In the short term, this language and this statement is aimed at Buffalo.
As I conjectured a month and a half ago, it seems obvious that Governor Cuomo and NYSED Commissioner King plan a state takeover of the Buffalo school district.
Cuomo and King have been pissed at Buffalo ever since that side deal the district made with the union over APPR and now they plan to get even by taking over the district, killing off the public schools and opening up charter schools either run by or patronized by their hedge fund cronies.
In the long term, though, it is a declaration of war by Governor Cuomo against teachers.
APPR was of course a strike against teachers and schools in NY State.
Forcing an APPR system on NYC teachers was a strike against NYC teachers.
But Cuomo has ratcheted up the level of animosity and hostility here by using such inflammatory language.
It is high time we return the favor.
If Governor Cuomo thinks it is time some schools be given the "death penalty" for struggles that are often beyond their means to fix, then it is time for teachers of all political ideologies to get together and help pull the plug on the 2014 Cuomo re-election plan and the Cuomo 2016 presidential plan.
Andrew Cuomo is a thug and a bully and a crook, that we've known for a while.
Now, after the "death penalty for schools" statement, he is also a war criminal against public schools.
It is time to put an end to his Reign of Terror.
How in heaven's sake he ever thought that "death penalty" was a proper phrase to use when talking about schools, students and teachers is beyond me.
But it does give you insight into the violent man he is in his heart.