Saturday, August 15, 2009
During this era, the era of mayoral control 2.0, one of the reforms that will change life the way we know it is the addition of parents to the Panel for Educational Policy. This, presumably, is intended to give another perspective to those on the panel.
Mayor Bloomberg believes in diversity. That's why, when he selected these parents, he selected one with millions of dollars in city contracts, and another with a contract worth a mere $255,000 dollars a year (if you don't count contributions from Bloomberg via the Carnegie Corporation).
Mayor Bloomberg has a history of valuing the opinions of those with whom he has contracts. That's why the city placed such reliance on The New Teacher Project to issue objective reports. Doubtless the millions they receive in contracts with the city did not shade their opinion a bit. They were just hoping for the best when they urged the city to fire current teachers, and the fact that their company was in the business of training new teachers did not influence their conclusion one way or the other.
In any case, you'll be relieved to know that in the highly unlikely event these parents were to vote against Mayor Mike, they could be fired instantly and replaced with other parents holding city contracts. That's what we call "accountability."