Bloomberg, unsalaried mayor, on teachers: ‘You take the king’s shilling you become the king’s man’

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning said that because teachers work for the public, the public deserves to see their evaluations.

"There's the old story, you take the king's shilling you become the king's man," said the mayor, during his regular Friday morning radio appearance on WOR. "Well, if you work for the public, that's your employer and they want to know things."

New York State recently brokered an agreement on a teacher evaluation system that will enable it to access hundreds of millions in federal Race to the Top funds. But, following a recent and very controversial court-ordered release of New York City teacher evaluations to the press, some have suggested only releasing the evaluations to parents. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday indicated he might be amenable to that sort of compromise, but the mayor's not convinced that's workable.

"Well, that's not really very practical," he said this morning, when radio host John Gambling asked him about it.

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"Incidentally, somebody would start a website day one, right away, post your scores," he added. "And can you imagine, how would you know that they're really posting it."

"And I also think it's a bit naive to think that even the state law would be found constitutional that prohibits some of this information," he added. "Now there are ways to do it, you don't have to put everything out and that sort of thing, but the firestorm ..."