Sunday, May 15, 2011
Mayor Bloomberg Is Making His Claim As "The Education Mayor" A Sham And A Fraud
The latest poll numbers show that Mayor Bloomberg's self-proclaimed legacy as the "Education Mayor" is shown to be fraudulent. Not only does he have only a 40% approval rating as Mayor, his education numbers approach what the unqualified ex-Chancellor, Cathie Black had and that is bad, really bad.
For example 64% of the general public give his management of the schools a "thumbs down". More importantly, 78% of the parents with children in the schools disapprove of the way the Mayor has handled the schools. Only a measly 20% approve of his education policy. Worse, is that 57% of the people believe Mayoral Control of the schools has failed. Instead of refocusing on what made him successful earlier in his tenure, he has now painted himself in the corner demanding teacher layoffs while ignoring the Administrative problems in his third term that have outraged just about everybody in the political spectrum. The New York Post's Michael Goodwin has jumped on the Mayor for his failures, especially in the area of Education in today's edition. Even calling Bloomberg's claim about being "the education Mayor" a fraud. This is not the first time Michael Goodwin has questioned the Mayor's priorities and his attitude.
The Mayor keeps on threatening to eliminate 6,100 teachers or 8% of the teaching staff. By contrast, Nassau and Suffolk County schools have only threatened to eliminate 1,200 teachers or 3.5% of the teaching positions in the two counties. If we are to use the Long Island number of 3.5%, it would just about equal the amount of teachers leaving the New York City School System due to "attrition" at year's end. Since the Mayor arrogantly refuses to eliminate Administration it will be left to the City Council whom will ignore the Mayor's budget proposal and eliminate any serious teacher layoffs while reducing the computer and consultant services, especially at the bloated Central Administration at the DOE.
To me, the Mayor has truly painted himself into a corner with his arrogance, and imperious actions and only a miracle can save his legacy and I don't believe in miracles even for a billionaire like Bloomberg. He can't buy a miricle or can he?