"There is no parent or community input in the current administration," said Randi Weingarten, the former UFT president who leads the union's national organization. "People are actually more angry when the mayor is as duplicitous as he is with this. When you pretend to talk to people when you actually don't. [Former mayor Rudy] Giuliani was actually more forthright because he would say he's not listening to people."(3)
City Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn opposes a plan presented today by the teachers union that would undo mayoral control, a spokesperson for her campaign said this afternoon.(2)
Former state senator Shirley Huntley plead guilty to wire fraud. [Colin Campbell]
More than three casinos, upstate? [Nick Reisman]
"Andrew Cuomo's numbers fall after gun bill" [Katie Glueck]
Negotiations between Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration and the United Federation of Teachers over a new evaluation system, one on which hundreds of millions of dollars in state and federal funding depend, have failed, the mayor and his education chancellor just announced.
"As the hour wore thin and the night turned into early morning, the right deal was not on the table," said chancellor Dennis Walcott, who said he was negotiating at union headquarters until 3 am. "We were very very close, extremely close, as far as cementing a deal. But at the same time...new issues came up."(3)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning lashed out at the teachers union for its new ad campaign, which he said is "wasting their members' money."
"If there's ever a ways to force somebody to not come to an agreement, it's to run ads calling them bad things," said Bloomberg, during his regular Friday morning radio show. "I mean, what kind of a strategy is this? And they're not stupid. They know what they're doing. So they're deliberately trying to keep us from having a contract. It's the only rational explanation."
Yesterday, former president Bill Clinton and Shaun Donovan, Obama's housing secretary and Hurricane Sandy point person, hailed a New York City teachers pension fund commitment to invest $1 billion in regional infrastructure.
At a press conference on infrastructure, Bill Clinton vaguely disputes a 'Times' report about Hillary
It was at the very end of a press conference in Harlem this afternoon that Bill Clinton got a Hillary question.
On December 17, Bill Thompson will host a holiday fund-raiser, featuring some key figures in the Democratic political scene, including Norman Seabrook, head of the corrections officers union; Michael Mulgrew, head of the teachers union; and Peter Ward, president of the hotel workers union.
Not so long ago, Michael Mulgrew, the head of the United Federation of Teachers, was warning Council Speaker and 2013 mayoral candidate Christine Quinn that her consultant's ties to a Bloomberg-affiliated charter-school advocacy group might jeopardize his union's endorsement of her come 2013.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today he hopes United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew has acquired a more acute appreciation for the "absurd."
A lawsuit against United Federation of Teachers head Michael Mulgrew alleges that he had sex in a classroom in 2005 with a married guidance counselor and helped that woman get a plum union job, and then traded away members' rights in contract talks in exchange for keeping the affair quiet.
The normally understated and highly influential New York consulting firm, SKD Knickerbocker, whose current and former clients include Barack Obama, Andrew Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg, and the Democratic National Committee, was at the center of two new stories this week.(7)
Education is at the center of a local political dispute. The Times and Daily News detail some of 16 cases of teachers who were accused of inappropriate behavior but are still at their posts because of state arbitration rules.
City schools chancellor Dennis Walcott said his "hands are tied" and the News editorial page asked how the president of the teacher's union "sleep at night."