Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Why Our Union Cannot Support Christine Quinn For Mayor.
under no circumstances should our union endorse Christine Quinn for Mayor since she aided and abetted Mayor Bloomberg's grab for power by approving a third term that has been a disaster for the NYC Public Schools. She was rightfully booed at the UFT sponsored conference for some of her comments and seemed to agree with the Mayor's education policy in co-locating charter schools, a non-educator for Chancellor, and wants to keep the phony letter grades for schools. Let me remind everyone that as City Council President she rarely ever stood up to the Mayor, especially when it came to the Mayor's divisive education policy. In fact, she supported many of the Mayor's policy programs when in came to education.
Why shouldn't the union support Christine Quinn for Mayor? Let me count the ways.
First, she allowed the Mayor to change the City Charter so that he and she can run for a third term.
Second, she failed to provide leadership in not standing up to the Mayor's distructive education policies that included closing schools, ignoring commu, nity concerns, and demonizing teachers, allow charter school co-locations, agree to ever increasing class sizes, and a 20% reduction in school operating budgets since 2008.
Third, she still insists on looking at non-educators as a Chancellor and cited Arnie Duncan an example which caused teachers to give her a loud chorus of boos and deservingly so..
Fourth, she wants to keep the phony letter grades that most educators know is a farce and keeps Principals like Iris Blge in power.
Fifth, she opposes teacher seniority rights and quietly supported Bloomberg's LIFO bill.
Finally, she has failed to show any real independence from the Mayor's education policy and given the power of being the Mayor will be like having "Bloomberg Lite" in office. Consequently, the union should not endorsed her candidacy for any reason whatsoever. Now if only our tone-deaf union leader would hear their member vocies on this issue but don't count on it.