It certainly looks like that phase two of Mayor Bloomberg's attack on seniority-based layoffs or "last in, first out" (LIFO) has started. First the Bloomberg/Klein/Murdock mouthpiece, the New York Post, ran a four part serious on the teacher discipline process. In response to the Post stories the Senate Education Chairman, John Flanagan will start a legislative probe on the disciplinary process for New York City teachers, he said the following:
"I don't think anyone should shy away from having open, fair discussions," he added. "I think holding hearings would be a good idea."The Post also reported this as well that the state Senate education chair said he'll hold a legislative probe on the disciplinary process for city schoolteachers in the wake of a Post series highlighting problems that have plagued the system for years.
Notice that John Flanagan said the proposed probe will be only about New York City teachers and not Statewide despite having the same disciplinary process? Furthermore, Mr. Flanagan's definition of "fair" must be taken with a grain of salt. Remember he passed the one-sided Bloomberg Bill to end LIFO for New York City teachers only and never even talked to the teacher unions or the Governor's Office to get their input. In fact, he tried an end around on teacher "due process" and union "collective bargaining rights" to help the Mayor in Phase one to end LIFO. Does anybody really expect John Flanagan to have a "fair hearing"? If you do, I have a bridge to sell you. The entire New York Post article can be found Here.
Look for John Flanagan's so called "fair hearings" to result in an to issuance of a report that demands an end to LIFO and the suspension without pay for New York City teachers who face discipline. Nothing else would appease the Mayor in phase two of his attack on seniority based layoffs. What the Mayor wants, the Mayor gets, when it comes to the Republican State Senate.
Once phase two goes nowhere. I can't wait to see what the Mayor's phase three plans are. Fire all New York City teachers and get his Republican lackeys to pass that exemption to the New York state law prohibiting the Mayor's plans. Fat chance. If only the Governor and State Assembly would just get out of the way and let the Mayor do what he wants.