Have 11 years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg improved education in New York City?(1)
StudentsFirst founder Michelle Rhee is having a party for her new book, Radical, tonight at the Cornell Club, and critics of the education reformer will be distributing this mock-up of it.
Despite a round of heated questioning today from Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, a UFT ally, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declined to take responsibility for the city's failure to reach a teacher evaluation agreement with the union.(1)
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)
At the behest of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden has been developing a national gun control plan, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg is advising him, he confirmed this morning.
"We sent some of our people down to Washington and we had some people on the phone to give Joe Biden our ideas," said Bloomberg, during the question-and-answer portion of a press conference about education.
It doesn't look like the City of New York or the local teachers union are moving toward reaching a deal on teacher evaluations ahead of the January 17 deadline that could cost city schools $300 million in state funding.
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."
When asked if he thought the state education department was striking the appropriate balance, Cuomo responded, "I don't know what they're doing. I just don't know what S.E.D. is doing."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg what he wanted, and this morning he said that there was little value in one of the compromise's key elements: giving parents access to the scores of their children's teachers.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning suggested the public shaming of bad drivers, following Albany's failure to pass legislation allowing the city to use speed cameras to issue fines.(2)
This morning the New York Post reported that Governor Andrew Cuomo and union leaders were closing in on a bill that would only allow parents to see teacher evaluations by meeting with the school principal.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the proposal "an outrage."
Governor Andrew Cuomo is reportedly going to veto any legislation that allows teacher evaluations to be distributed widely to the public and media, according to a report by the Post's Erik Kriss.The governor's argument is that parents have the right to the information, but that it's unfair to treat teachers so differently than other public workers like firemen and police officers, who do not have their evaluations similarly released.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this afternoon presented a balanced executive budget for the 2013 fiscal year that includes no new taxes, but which includes cuts for social services and relies on at least two funding sources that must still be considered aspirational.
It's like teacher evaluations, but for City Hall staffers.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to release publicly evaluations he's made of his commissioners, assistant commissioners " as well as for staff within the Mayor's Office."
In an April 29 letter sent to the mayor, de Blasio criticized the mayor's release of "individual teacher evaluation results" arguing "no other class of public or private employees are subject to the public release" of that type of information.
This morning, a Post article said of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn that she was "the only prospective candidate who left the door open for the public to get access to teacher evaluations."
I highlighted that fact in a tweet directed at Randi Weingarten, who is the head of the national teachers' union in Washington and who, for years, held the same position in New York City.(1)