Ms. Weingarten responded with another op-ed, saying that DC had already given away a lot, and that her most recent deal did not actually give away all that stuff, since some of it had been given away earlier.
Ms. Weingarten's final foray into NY negotiation reversed one of the many odious provisions of her giveaway-laden 05 contract--the two August punishment days. For this, Ms. Weingarten exchanged one day in June, .58 percent of a point of the raise Mayor Bloomberg is now denying us, and 3% of the salaries of all future hires for an additional seventeen years. I certainly hope we derive maximum enjoyment from those August days.
Meanwhile, back here in NY, thousands of teachers are being excessed. Older teachers would have been placed in positions before 05, but will now be dumped into the Absent Teacher Reserve, from which their chances of being hired are abysmal. Rhee thinks, as does Klein, that they should be fired. The fact that yet another Weingarten-approved measure forces principals to consider their salaries when hiring them is neither here nor there.
Ms. Weingarten lays out the differences between DC and NYC:
In Washington, the approach to education has been to flirt with fads and cure-alls. Instead of tackling systemic problems head-on, the city often has relied on a kind of magical thinking.
Thanks to David Bellel for the picture!