Friday, February 03, 2012

Teacher Morale Is At A New Low As The Bullies, Cuomo, Bloomberg, King, And Walcott Try To Destroy The Teaching Profession.




One of the slogans that go around schools is "stop bullying". Posters, advertisements, and even the WWE superstar wrestlers have commercials that condemn "bullying". However, over the last couple of years Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, SED Commissioner King, and Chancellor Walcott have been trying to "bully" the teacher unions (NYSUT & UFT) in their attempt to break the unions. You can even add President Obama and his education head, Arnie Duncan, to the list of "bullies".

The Governor has threatened to withhold school aid increases if the school districts fail to implement his very flawed and untested "teacher evaluation system". Moreover, the Governor has threatened to implement his own "teacher evaluation system" if the unions and the school districts cannot agree to a process. He even told NYSUT to drop their lawsuit which a State judge upheld when the Governor's ill-advised decision to increase the "teacher evaluation system" to include a 40% testing requirement. His SED Commissioner, King has already withdrawn $58 million from New York City and $69 million from the rest of the State when the school districts and the unions failed to implement an approved "teacher evaluation system" that would destroy teacher tenure.

Mayor Bloomberg has made no secret of his contempt for the New York City teaching profession and how he would just love to destroy the UFT. Furthermore, his ideal teaching force would be half the teachers with class sizes reaching 70 students! Moreover, the Mayor's goal is to have a young and replaceable teaching staff that would never be tenured or vested for a pension. His contempt for teachers has resulted in the City failing to negotiate a contract with the teachers union and a continuing demand to impose a time limit on the ATRs that his hand-picked previous Chancellor, Joel Klein, created in the first place. His present Chancellor, Dennis Walcott, simply is the Mayor's pet poodle and whines about needing "exceptional teachers" but fails to define what "exceptional is. Rather than sit down with the UFT on a use of an independent Arbitration process his representatives walk out of talks and wants Commissioner King to approve the DOE proposal without union input. Just unbelievable but that is what bullies do when they don't get their way.

Now the Mayor wants to take 33 restart/transformation schools to become "turnaround schools" and create nearly 4,000 ATRs list costing the City $300 million annually. The morale in the teaching workforce is terrible and getting worse as teachers believe they are under attack and dread the "gotcha system" that the DOE wants to impose on the teaching workforce. Except for those fifth columnists at E4E and their naive TFA followers (a couple of hundred at best), teachers realize that once you are over 40 and make $75,000 annually, you are a target for the DOE.

The DOE motto really is that "the beatings will continue until morale improves". In their "children last" policy.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It can't be emphasized strongly enough:
Join the conference and the discussions to improve the UFT at the State of the Union Conference
Saturday, February 4
at the Graduate Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, 7th Floor
$10 in advance or $15 at the door: http://stateoftheunionconference.eventbrite.com/

Workshops include:

What is Social Justice Unionism?
Organizing 101: Parents and Teachers Working Together-a Vision for a Community Oriented Teacher Union
What happened to Brown vs. Board of Education: Resegregation of our Schools.
The Disappearing Black and Latino Teacher and the Deprofessionalization of Teaching.
What's the 1% Want with Our Schools? (Privatization 101)
Mayoral Control vs. A People's Board of Education
Know your rights: Civil Disobedience and Student Organizing.
Strategy & Tactics: After OWS, What's Next for Our Movement?

Directions: http://workereducation.org/contact-us
Find us on Facebook: State of the Union

Anonymous said...

It can't be emphasized strongly enough:
Join the conference and the discussions to improve the UFT at the State of the Union Conference
Saturday, February 4
at the Graduate Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, 7th Floor
$10 in advance or $15 at the door: http://stateoftheunionconference.eventbrite.com/

Workshops include:

What is Social Justice Unionism?
Organizing 101: Parents and Teachers Working Together-a Vision for a Community Oriented Teacher Union
What happened to Brown vs. Board of Education: Resegregation of our Schools.
The Disappearing Black and Latino Teacher and the Deprofessionalization of Teaching.
What's the 1% Want with Our Schools? (Privatization 101)
Mayoral Control vs. A People's Board of Education
Know your rights: Civil Disobedience and Student Organizing.
Strategy & Tactics: After OWS, What's Next for Our Movement?

Directions: http://workereducation.org/contact-us
Find us on Facebook: State of the Union

NYC Educator said...

It really gets more unreal by the moment, as these folks jump all over themselves to institute baseless, untested unproven nonsense to prove who loves Bill Gates the most.

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure the mayor stated he would like to get rid of an estimated 50% of the teacher force because approx he estimated 50% would be found incompetent. He does not want 70 students in a classroom. This is sloppy reporting and union zombie hype. It is cheaper to spend 1 billion dollars on testing, evaluating and re arraning the deck chairs than it is fighting a war against poverty. I love this blog but don't become a union robot.

Chaz said...

Anon 9:51

I am and never will be a union zombie. However, the greeter enemy of veteran teachers is the Mayor. Yes, the mayor did say he would double class sizes in his speech at MIT and you can find it at

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/michael-bloomberg-i-have-my-own-army-smoked-up-mit-134876818.html.

veteran teacher said...

the more i do this, the more i look forward to the time off.

no more is this a 'career', it's a job that you hack out and enjoy the solid pay, benefits, and time off and leaving the 1st second you can

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, there would be less problems in the NYC school system if more appeals to the Commissioner of Education were filed pursuant to Education Law §310.

Go to the following two webpages and click on the five-digit numbers to read some of the recent appeals decisions:

http://www.counsel.nysed.gov/Decisions/volume51/home.html

http://www.counsel.nysed.gov/Decisions/volume50/home.html

The decisions are also searchable.

Here are some decisions containing the word "unsatisfactory":

http://search.nysed.gov/search?q=unsatisfactory&site=Com_Decisions&btnG=Search+Decisions&site=&client=commdescisions_new&proxystylesheet=commdescisions_new&output=xml_no_dtd

Here are some decisions containing the phrase "personnel file":

http://search.nysed.gov/search?q=%22personnel+file%22&site=Com_Decisions&btnG=Search&entqr=0&output=xml_no_dtd&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&client=commdescisions_new&ud=1&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&proxystylesheet=commdescisions_new

The more petitions that are filed with the Commissioner of Education, the better the understanding that the Commissioner and the attorneys who work in the NYSED Office of Counsel will have of what conditions in the NYC school system are like.

Chaz, what's your view toward these types of appeals?

Chaz said...

Anon 1:57am

Appeal to SED Commissioner King? Do you really believe the appeal would be given due consideration from him. I don't think so.

Anonymous said...

Chaz, you'd be surprised! Upon occasion, a Commissioner of Education actually renders a decent decision. But, when he doesn't, and if the petitioner decides to pursue it further, a CPLR Article 78 lawsuit would be filed in Albany County, rather than in one of the counties of New York City. Imagine how delighted the Albany judges will be when they are continually called upon to rectify the mess that education in NYC has become!