Mayor Bloomberg cares deeply about children with special needs. That's why he lets them go home early, rather than provide them with a full day of education. The mayor doesn't believe in mollycoddling children with a duty-free lunch, like those nasty teachers get because of that awful contract, so he provides them with instruction during lunch.
And it really shouldn't make any difference at all that the PTA President has never actually seen this alleged instruction taking place. It's a well-established fact that parents should not actually be involved with education. After all, Mayor Bloomberg says so, and that ought to be good enough for anyone. Mayoral control means mayoral control, and that means the mayor can say and do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, as much as he wants, no matter what. If he wants to sit in some big old chair and eat Oreos all day, well, that's what the State legislature says he should do.
Mayor Bloomberg generously bused these kids to another school where they waited 30 minutes for another bus. This taught the kids to wait, which is an important skill for people who can't pull a hundred million bucks out of their pockets to buy elections. Does anyone credit the city for having the foresight to teach kids this useful knowledge? Of course not. Life is simply not fair when you're the richest person in New York City.
However, despite the fact that the mayor is absolutely right, and patently incapable of making a mistake, some of these kids will actually begin being dismissed at the proper time. This should show all those uppity New Yorkers that the mayor, even though he is never wrong, is willing to make changes even though there is no reason whatsoever to do so.
In these United States, that's the kind of leadership a hundred million dollars buys.
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