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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I Nominate Mayor Bloomberg & Chancellor Walcott For The Knucklehead Award As They Lose $58 Million Dollars In Their Ill-Conceived Turnaround Policy.
I have nominated Mayor Bloomberg & Chancellor Walcott for the "knucklehead award" for their risky and ill-conceived "turnaround policy" that was thrown out by the Arbitrator. The "turnaround policy" was a result of the Mayor having a temper tantrum when he failed to get his way on the appeal process and stopped negotiating with the teachers' union. In fact the Chancellor unwisely ordered the DOE negotiators to cease negotiating with the teacher union on the teacher evaluation system that resulted in the impasse we have presently..
It was at this point that the Mayor and Chancellor decided to follow through with the "turnaround policy", despite deep reservations from many education observers had about the strategy. including the State. These education experts questioned the City's version and the many adjustments to the federal requirements that are required for a school to qualify for "turnaround". However, the Mayor and Chancellor refused to listen to these education officials and selected 33 schools for the City version of "turnaround". Interestingly some of the worst schools were spared "turnaround" because of political reasons an example was Boys and; Girls high school which is one of the worst schools in the NYC system and was given an "F" on the DOE's report card.
For the Mayor and Chancellor it is "children last"....always. as they lost $58 million dollars and put the 24 schools into utter chaos and that is why they are worthy nominees of the ":knucklehead award".