Monday, February 28, 2011

Tax Surcharge on Millionaires

Extending the surcharge for 2011-2012 will give the state an extra billion dollars and about $5 billion for 2012-2013.  This would have a negligible effect on their disposable income but drastically help those who need it most. With this money all Bloomberg's talk about firing teachers could end although Cuomo says this isn't even an issue now. What exactly is Bloomberg up to? UFT President Mulgrew: "I was disgusted. I have never heard a mayor say that people should be laid off on the basis of salary. He is saying people should lose their jobs for dedicating their lives to the children of New York City."

Anti-teacher Groups

Here's a list of anti-teacher groups:Tishman Speyer Properties: The Durst Org.; Business Council of NYState; Real Estate Board of NY; Partnership for NYC; Larry Silverstein; David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital; Charles Ledley of Cornwall Capital; Whitney Tilson of T2 Partners LLC and Tilson Mutual Funds; Joel Greenblatt of Gotham Capital; Michael Novogratz of Fortress Investment Group; Rafael Mayer, Khronos LLC; Broad Foundation; Sidney Gargiulo, Hawkshaw Capital, John Petry, Gotham Capital; John Savat SAC Capital; Mai Family Foundation. NOTICE ANYTHING IN COMMON. All Dictator Bloomberg's ultra rich pals. Wouldn't it be more helpful to use their billions to improve the schools and spend less time attacking teachers and their union. What do these people know about education anyway?? I guess about as much as Joel Klein and Catherine Black!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bloomberg ill-informed AGAIN!

About 6000 teachers and other educators have left the NYC school system the past two years without being replaced. Class sizes have jumped to unteachable numbers but the "very" knowledgeable mayor of NYC says class size doesn't matter. Once again the ill-informed, or maybe just not too bright, mayor has his facts wrong!

Friday, February 18, 2011

DOE cost overruns

As reported in today's newspapers a contract for placing students that was supposed to cost $3.6 million actually cost $13.5 million and then was replaced for another $9.4 million. Nice work mayor!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Billionaire Bloomberg

Won't reinstate the millionaire's tax(gee what a surprise) but says there's no money for the NYC school system. Instead he wants to keep the lowest paid teachers no matter who is more qualified. Shouldn't even be an issue-Gov. Cuomo says the money is there. Just a ploy to further demonize the teachers and their union when the real problem is Bloomberg himself. Time for our little dictator to go-his two terms in office are long past.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Chief Jokesters

Mayor Bloomberg, ex-chancellor Klein(thankfully), Catherine Black(Who?); not far behind from out of state: Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee, Bill Gates, President Obama. Charter schools-please. National survey has them performing worse than regular schools 37% of the time. The same about 45% of the time and that's with picking and choosing the best kids. Why are they being pushed by all of the above? Have any of these people taught young children in a classroom for any significant time? Business people running school systems? Whose bright idea was that? Oh yes, Bloomberg. The Honorable Mayor needs to do the honorable thing and resign. The school system has not improved one iota since he received the complete control he asked for- inflated test scores, pitiful graduation rates with the need for remedial work for many of those who make it to college, no improvement in the disparity between minority students and non-minorities. When are we going to start teaching science, history, music again? More to come....