Norm Scott took care of it for me in this post:
As a history teacher I’m reminded of “Going to Canossa (“Canossa” refers to an act of penance or submission), Henry IV, the Holy Roman Emperor, dressed in “sackcloth and ashes, humbled himself in the snow outside of the castle of Pope Gregory seeking absolution from the threat of excommunication. Henry retained his throne.... Charter school quotas and the teacher the evaluation system are negotiable, and, the core issues are the Gap Elimination Adjustment and the property tax cap, the union has to seek absolution from Pope Andrew and move on to resolve the core issues..... Peter Goodman, https://mets2006.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/education-politics-is-a-blood-sport-chancellor-tisch-responds-to-the-threatening-cuomo-letter/
As Norm notes:
Goodman is like an advanced scout for UFT/Unity leadership thought process...Goodman represents the general thinking in the UFT for the past 50 years - no spine. But Goodman's job is to diss the idea of militancy, the kind that Beth Domino and Stronger Together espouse (OPEN LETTER TO CHANCELLOR TISCH).
I'm sure most Perdido Street School blog readers and Ed Notes readers aren't surprised the fight between Cuomo and the teachers union leaders is over before it even started.
But it is.
The UFT/NYSUT will fold in the fight, you will see a "toughened" teacher evaluation system with a "strengthened" teacher removal mechanism and a charter cap increase coming from either an overall lift or a movement of some of the upstate slots to the city.
In return, the unions will get some crumbs related to funding and declare victory.
They'll say the deal is so good, it scrapes the skies.
Or they'll say it was the best they could do in a tough environment.
Either way, they will cave.
You can also bet Andrew Cuomo knew that was EXACTLY what would happen.
Whenever you hear tough words emanating from the UFT or NYSUT leaders, it is nothing but empty rhetoric.
As always, I hope I'm wrong with this concern.
If so, I'll happily write a post saying so.
But experience tells me, I won't be writing that apology - ever.