East Greenbush English teacher Sean Crall said he was shocked last week when he was asked to remove the button — which says, “Respect Public Education, It Works” — from his lapel before he and his family could meet Cuomo during an open house at the mansion. The button also said “NYSUT,” for New York State United Teachers.
“I was stunned that the concept of respecting public education would be offensive to the governor,” said Crall, a union leader in his upstate school district. “I was with my family. I didn’t want to create a scene, so I complied.”
The powerful union, at odds with Cuomo over teacher evaluations, was protesting outside the mansion before the open house. Crall said he attended the demonstration before attending the open house, but that he wears the button all the time.
Crall said he was planning to keep the ordeal to himself until Cuomo started calling the mansion “the people’s house.”
A Cuomo spokesman declined to comment.
Governor Cuomo has a very delicate sensibility and he must never be confronted with anything that might smack of criticism or opposition.
How dare this teacher wear a button that says "Respect Public Education, It Works" when Cuomo knows in his heart it is a monopoly that must be broken?
If the Executive Mansion were truly "the people's house" and Governor Cuomo truly a servant of the people, Sean Crall could have worn his button without incident.
But Governor Cuomo sees himself as king and the Executive Mansion is his palace, and so there must be no criticism of or opposition to Cuomo within earshot or eyeshot of the king.
Andrew Cuomo's New York - do what the governor wants or else.
Why would anyone want to meet Cuomo?ReplyDelete
Yeah I was sorta wondering what this guy was doing there in the first place. Taking his "seat at the table" I guess.Delete
a bowl of macaroni with the gov and a discussion of public schools and how terrible they are. Then cuomo excuses himself and heads for the toiletReplyDelete
a bowl of macaroni and then cuomo comes out of the toilet after reading about his approval rating and how thats in the toilet as well...Delete
From now on, all teachers need to stand with their backs to him.ReplyDelete
I don't understand why they keep using the word 'powerful' to describe the teacher unions.ReplyDelete
It ought to be meant ironically, kind of like "Best and Brightest" in the JFK and LBJ administrations, or "tall" for a small coffee at Starbucks.Delete
Why don't we order those buttons and wear them. Take pictures of teachers wearing those buttons. Then mail those pictures to Cuomo's office. Show him that his disrespect will not be tolerated. Then, again, I'm still pissed off at the UFT/NYSUT for not endorsing Teachout. We would not be in this situation in the first place and we would've been wearing a button that says, Governor Teachout loves teachers!ReplyDelete
The only thing Cuomo respects are the brown paper bags he used to get from Sheldon Silver. For more on Cuomo's vision for education, and his absurd ideas about teacher evaluations see: http://wdhaverstock.blogspot.com/2015/01/twerc-new-teacher-evaluation-system.htmlReplyDelete