Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Where's The Money The City Received From The Feds For Reducing Class Sizes, Hiring More Teachers, And Reinstating Our Pay Raise?
In August, New York State received two windfalls. First, was the Congress approved the edujobs bill that gave the State 622 million dollars, with the City receiving 204 million, based upon previous allocation scenarios. The second, New York State is receiving 696 million dollars from RTTT, with the City getting 240 million dollars. All the money is restricted to the classrooms and schools and can be used to lower class size, rehire (or in this case replace the 2,000 teachers who left the system in June) and for teacher salaries, including raises. However, on September 1st, the City has shown no inclination of doing any of the three appropriate uses for the approximately $446 million dollar windfall. The question becomes where will the money go to?
If history is any indication, look for Tweed to use the money on questionable uses that will benefit the central bureaucracy over the schools and students they claim to care about. Remember this? The lack of transparency at the DOE will have to be eliminated to ensure that Tweed uses the money for the schools as intended
What is most disturbing is that the union has not put the Administration's feet to the fire by demanding that the money be spent on the classroom and now. However, from our union there is just deafening silence about replacing the 2,000 teachers, lower class size, and the teacher pay raises. Why? Is our union making more secret deals with the Bloomberg/Klein Administration to screw the members? Will the union abandon the ATRs? Will the union allow all reassigned teachers to be suspended without pay? Maybe they will allow principals to ignore tenure and seniority in hiring and excessing decisions? While I highly doubt it, it is very disappointing that the union has not demanded that the money be used for their intended uses.
I hope I'm wrong but something smells here and it smell real bad.