Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Michael Mulgrew Finally Admits That Carmen Farina's Failure To Clean House At The DOE Is A Problem.
In last night's Executive Board meeting, UFT President, Michael Mulgrew, finally admitted that the middle management at the DOE is problematic and none of them are capable of being selected as the new Chancellor. It took almost four years for our UFT President to acknowledge that the middle management at the DOE is a problem. Maybe if Michael Mulgrew had pushed Chancellor Carmen Farina to "clean house" back in 2014, there would have been better collaboration between teachers and the Central Bureaucracy at the DOE. If you have read my previous posts, Here and Here, you would read that Chancellor Carmen Farina had retained 80% of the policymakers at the DOE. No wonder the DOE continues to be looked as the enemy by teachers.
Realistically, the middle management at the DOE still runs the operation. Instead of collaberation, its confrontation, paperwork reduction has been a mirage as mandates are sent out to schools for more data mining and accountability while they are not held accountable themselves. Finally, they divert much needed resources from schools who are funded at 87% to 90% of their fair funding while the Central Bureaucracy remains bloated with high priced consultants, questionable programs that have little educational value, and programs that incentives principals to "hire the cheapest and not the best teachers" for their schools while having the largest class sizes in the State,
Too bad it took four years for our union leadership to realize that the main problem is the DOE middle managers. Most educators knew this in 2014. Read nyc educator and ICEUFT blogs to read what Michael Mulgrew said at the Executive Board meeting.