Mulgrew on mayor: "We can all take comfort from the fact that Bloomberg will soon be only a bad memory to the people who care about schools"
— Lisa Fleisher (@lisafleisher) September 27, 2013
Alas, with all the concessions Mikey Mulgrew and his boss, Randi Weingarten, made to Bloomberg and the state on Race to the Top, on APPR, on ADVANCE, even with Bloomberg leaving office and a new mayor coming in, not much is going to change.
As James Eterno noted about the contract negotiations and school atmosphere in his latest post this morning, Bloomberg has set the paremeters for how the next contract will go no matter who is mayor.
Same goes for how the school system will be run.
They blew up so much of the old system - literally just blew it up - so that it could never be re-constituted post-Bloomberg and post-Klein.
Couple all of the reorganizations they have done to the system at large with all the changes to the evaluation system, the changes to how schools are funded for teacher salaries, the changes to the seniority system, and you realize that no matter who comes into power in January, much of the way the system is today will remain the same.
It is true that a determined and dogged mayor could undo some of the worst excesses of the Bloomberg years, but the jury is still out for me on whether de Blasio is that kind of mayor.
In any case, Mulgrew waving goodbye to Bloomberg with that sneer on his face is tantamount to his declaring the next mayor had to go through 52 Broadway before the Democratic primary season got started.
It's bluster and chutzpah, but like much of what emanates from Mulgrew and 52 Broadway, in the end it is self-serving and ultimately meaningless.
Bloomberg will go but many of the changes wrought in the last 12 years at both the city and state level will not.