Tuesday, January 10, 2012

No Teacher Layoffs? Well, Um, Thanks

For the first time in a number of years, Mayor Bloomberg is not trying to scare us into submission not calling for teacher layoffs in the upcoming budget. Well, thank goodness for small favors, I guess. In the dark days of January, we'll take what we can get.

I suppose Mayor Bloomberg realized that he'd cried wolf on teacher layoffs one too many times, such that no one would actually believe him when he announced plans to lay off 20,000 teachers or whatever this year's number might have been. I'm surprised that he's not using the ongoing teacher evaluation fight to re-instill a fear of massive reductions in force, but maybe he, like me and many of my colleagues, is also feeling the joy of living being sucked out of him by a lack of daylight, the post-holiday blues, and the approaching crush of the January Regents. Or maybe not. Who knows.

Could this mean that Mayor Bloomberg, as his final term slips through his fingers like so much very expensive sand, is losing some cred? Or is he just out of energy for empty threats? Only time will tell, but for now, good news is good news.
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