Friday, June 05, 2009
Everyone loves part-time UFT President Randi Weingarten. Rubert Murdoch's ultra-superduper-far right New York Post cries "Right On, Randi!" and all's right with the world. They haven't loved Ms. Weingarten like this since she signed the 2005 contract that gave us August punishment days, perpetual potty patrol, no more grieving letters or UFT transfers, and the awesome ATR brigade.
But that's not all. Mayor Mike has gotta be loving him some Randi Weingarten since she reversed herself on checks and balances to curb the mayor's absolute power. Ya know, it's just not nice to make billionaires have to answer to citizens or parents, so everyone oughta shut up, disregard popular votes, forget about how teachers feel about mayoral control, and let Mayor Mike do whatever the hell he feels like, whenever the hell he feels like it.
Sure, teachers are being tossed in rubber rooms for giving free watches to kids as rewards for good grades. Sure, teachers are getting 90-day unpaid suspensions and loss of health benefits based on unsubstantiated allegations. When you have problems, you don't see her. She's a ghost, or she's off doing her other part-time gig as President of the AFT, or telling Michelle Rhee everything's on the table except vouchers, or partnering with charter schools that offer neither tenure nor seniority rights to teachers.
I think it was Woody Allen who saw his relationship with Annie Hall as a shark moving backwards. That's a working teacher's relationship with Ms. Weingarten.
But the important thing is this--look at the New York Post. Then look at Mayor Bloomberg. Watch how they look at Ms. Weingarten.
They like her. They really like her.
That's the only thing that matters.