I am sick and tired of hearing the Emperor, Michael Bloomberg and his pet poodle the Chancellor, Dennis Walcott, want only "great teachers" in front of the classrooms teaching our children. When the Bloomberg/Walcott agenda is quite different than their stated goals. The Bloomberg/Walcott real agenda is to eliminate as many senior teachers as possible and replace them with untrained "newbie teachers" in their "education on the cheap" policy. Let's look at the actions of the DOE that belie the Bloomberg/Walcott stated goal to improve the teaching profession.
Recruitment over Retention:
If the DOE really wanted "great teachers" they would do everything in their power to improve the classroom environment not worsen it.
Focus on "Bad Teachers":
The primary focus by the DOE is the removal of "bad teachers" from the school system rather than programs and polices to improve teacher quality. First, Chancellor Dennis Walcott called ATRs "bad teachers" and offered them generous buyouts to get them to leave the school system. Then he wants to terminate all elementary school teachers who receive two consecutive "U" ratings. Finally, the Bloomberg/Walcott Administration wants to right to impose their own version of a teacher evaluation system without teacher and union input which would simply be a termination process for "ineffective teachers".
Nowhere does the DOE propose or prepare programs to improve teacher quality except for hiring more "newbie teachers" from Teach For America or the Teaching Fellows programs. A dubious policy at best and a likely worsening of teacher quality overall.
The Imposition of Terrible Programs and Bloated Budgets At Tweed:
The DOE insisted on expensive and wasteful programs like SESIS and spent almost 900 million dollars on wasteful technology. Furthermore, they fund their bloated Bureaucracy while starving the schools and the children. This is no way for an agency to operate when it is supposed to be "children first" instead it is Tweed first and "children last".
Next time you hear the Emperor or his pet poodle, the Chancellor claim they are improving the schools and want "quality teachers", the truth is by far very different.